A tick of approval from Larry Cassidy on Tuesday has lifted Chris Munce’s hopes of securing Saturday’s Toowoomba Weetwood with Boomsara, despite the horse being short of peak race fitness.
Boomsara had three weeks off after his luckless run in July’s Eye Liner at Ipswich and is being readied for a third summer carnival.
Two seasons back he won the Vo Rogue Plate and Magic Millions Guineas and then last year he was a desperately unlucky third in the George Moore Stakes.
Munce has a similar plan mapped out this year, but felt the horse needed to be “stimulated a bit” by a trip to the races.
Boomsara jumped out on Tuesday and surprised Munce how well he came through the gallop.
“Larry rode him Tuesday and he’s been very good at assessing horses for me and said he’s ready to go to the races,” Munce said.
“It’s good when you can have a senior rider guide you and give you good straight up feedback.”
“This race was not originally on the agenda. But he’s more forward than what I thought.
“He’s not fully wound up, but he’s ready to go to the races.
“We’ve got plenty of races picked out over the summer, but we need to keep him stimulated, just to get his mind back in racing mode. He only had those two quick runs in succession through the winter, so he hasn’t had a lot of racing (the last 12 months).
“If I don’t’ do something with him he will get bored so this will do him good.
“He has drawn well, so I am happy to take him up there and he will give his all like he always does.”
Boomsara has won more prizemoney than any of his rivals and Munce considers him well weighted with 56.5kg from the good draw, so he’s not going up the Range thinking of it as a preparatory run.
“He will be very hard to beat. It will only be race fitness the last bit that beats him,” Munce said.
“Ability wise he’s the best horsed in the race for mine. He’s drawn to get the right run behind a couple of speed horses and it just comes down to his fitness late.”
“The Weetwood is always run at a frantic speed, so I’m just hoping Larry can conserve his energy early and he will be hard to hold out late.”
Boomsara is an $8.50 chance with Ladbrokes, with Kelly Schweida’s speedster The Odyssey topping the market at $3.60.