Another Bullett will top Subratie trio
GARY SUBRATIE has three runners, almost half the field, in Saturday's seven-horse line-up for the Nigel B Nunes Memorial feature. However, the 1820-metre open allowance is no open and shut case for any of Subratie's United States-bred trio.
Two of Subratie's runners, BRAWN and AWESOME DESTINY, have been showing negative tendencies during the races and on the exercise track, respectively. The third, BLUE DIXIE, was down the track, next to last, on her return from a four-month lay-up behind HOUDINI'S MAGIC on August 12.
Though Subratie's runners lack form, all three have the route distance in their favour, quite the opposite for their four rivals - PINELOPE, PRLOIFIC PRINCESS, ROYAL VIBES and ANOTHER BULLET.
However, Patrick Lynch's ANOTHER BULLET looks capable of springing a fast one on Subratie's trio. The five-year-old was at the races as recent as Saturday, placing fourth behind CHACE THE GREAT at 1300 metres in the Seek Exercise Book Trophy race.
Sent off as the 5-2 favourite, ANOTHER BULLET was slowly into stride and outsped in a race in which SIR BUDGET was widely expected to have knotted up with CHACE THE GREAT on the lead, giving the closers a chance up the lane.
However, SIR BUDGET ran his worst race in 10 starts, considering the distance. The speedy five-year-old, who, in his previous race, had pressed BUZZ NIGHTMARE to the last half-furlong, failed to fire and was never better than fourth down the backstretch.
CHACE THE GREAT reveled on the lead and had no fear with expected CHOO CHOO BLUE having to do the chasing and ANOTHER BULLET well off the lead.
Lynch's decision to have ANOTHER BULLET back at the races in a week suggests the versatile five-year-old came out of the Seek Trophy good enough to tackle Saturday's 1820 metres, which is really a seven-furlong race once the horses clear the clubhouse turn.
ANOTHER BULLET has run some really strong mile races this season, clocking 1:37.0 in March before pushing classic winning stablemates FEARLESS SAMURAI and the Triple Crown winner, SHE'S A MANEATER, to the limit in separate encounters.
Subratie's trio might have the distance in their favour but form is on ANOTHER BULLET's side. Even though he placed fourth on Saturday, he was beaten by CHACE THE GREAT's 1:18.4, running his race in 1:19.1.
Should he get to settle on the lead, possibly after stalking PINELOPE, ANOTHER BULLET has the pace to slip Subratie's trio, who will have to run their best races to beat him.