Bet on Buzz Nightmare
GOLD Cup winner BUZZ NIGHTMARE races for the first time since December's Diamond Mile, returning with topweight in Tuesday's 1100-metre Betting Gaming and Lotteries Commission trophy, down in class among open allowance rivals.
Though facing in-form and race-fit runners such as ANOTHER BULLET, MR BUDGET and CHACE THE GREAT, BUZZ NIGHTMARE's class in undeniable, making him very hard to oppose, even off a seven-month lay-up.
BUZZ NIGHTMARE went on a five-race winning streak last year, ticking off one trophy after another, culminating with a dominating run in October's Gold Cup, turning back Horse of the Year and subsequent Diamond Mile winner, SEEKING MY DREAM, who finished fifth.
However, just as the Into Mischief-Queen of Battle offspring seemed ready to rule the world, his old problems returned to haunt him, resulting in a shock loss to stablemate CAMPESINO when carrying topweight in November's Caribbean Sprint.
Brought back a month later for the Diamond Mile, an auspicious attempt with 121lb, BUZZ NIGHTMARE disputed the lead to the home turn, but had nothing in the tank when SEEKING MY DREAM pounced at his pet trip. However, the brave speedster was still third by four lengths at the furlong pole, having 13 horses behind him, before weakening into 11th place.
A horse who relishes running fresh, BUZZ NIGHTMARE has been working like the grade-one animal he is renowned to be, blazing a flat 59.4 on the round earlier this month before winding down with separate half-mile (47.0) and three-furlong gallops out the straight in the last two weeks.
At 1100 metres, BUZZ NIGHTMARE should be floating like a butterfly down the backstretch and stinging like a bee in the straight when asked to run.