Another Bullet fired up to win
ANOTHER BULLET might be one of the most improved older horses this season but he had no luck in running when finishing second behind CHOO CHOO BLUE in the Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Commission Trophy race on August 1.
The five-year-old horse has a great chance, especially at the handicaps, to turn the tables on his United States-bred rival in tomorrow's feature, the 1300-metre open allowance Seek Exercise Book Trophy race.
ANOTHER BULLET got off to a slow start in the BGLC Trophy on Emancipation Day, breaking from post-position one with apprentice Odean Edwards. The normally speedy five-year-old actually left the half-mile last, 10 lengths off fractions being set by BUZZ NIGHTMARE with SIR BUDGET in chase.
Carrying 115lb, ANOTHER BULLET was forced to circle horses and ran wide entering the straight whereas CHOO CHOO BLUE, running with 106lb, had almost a copybook trip from mid-pack and turned for home on the inner.
Both horses charged at the leaders as a team but it was CHOO CHOO BLUE who quickened best close home to win by a half-length, enjoying a nine-pound advantage over ANOTHER BULLET.
Though returning four pounds heavier for the rematch, ANOTHER BULLET has a seven-pound swing in his favour on CHOO CHOO BLUE. The American has picked up 11lb, jumping to 117 with Omar Walker, two pounds lighter than ANOTHER BULLET, who has gone up by four pounds, now being partnered by Shane Ellis.
Considering the bad break and wide trip encountered by ANOTHER BULLET in the BGLC Trophy, a clean start from a better draw, post-position nine, plus the swing in the scale, should reverse a half-length.
There will be speed again with SIR BUDGET and CHACE THE GREAT returning after both were outclassed on the lead by topweight BUZZ NIGHTMARE. Neither will want the other to steal a march so hot splits are expected.
However, ANOTHER BULLET has shown that he is not afraid to mix it up with speedsters, beating CHACE THE GREAT and CRUCIAL APPEAL at 1100 metres in May.