I Am Boudica [AUS] put pay to the best three years old’s in Western Australia today with an emphatic win in the inaugural $100,000 Bunbury Classic over 1,000m at just her third lifetime start, taking her earnings over $163,000.
The three year old filly by Yarradale sire War Chant [USA] out of the Hussonet [USA] mare Queen’s Gem [AUS] put the writing on the wall as a two year old placing 4th at her first start in the Gr.3 Gimcrack Stakes followed up by a Saturday win at Belmont back in July. First up today and without a trial, the Vern Brockman trained filly jumped awkwardly out of gate 7 in the 11 horse field and was forced to sit wide throughout although it didn’t matter as she let down with a scintillating turn of foot under jockey Ryan Hill to score over favourite Sweet Ora [AUS].
Purchased by Boomer at the 2015 Magic Millions Perth Yearling Sale for $160,000 for great client Tony Patrizi, with breeder Ron Sayers retaining a share. “She was a lovely big scopey yearling that would have measured up at any sale in Australia. Tony wanted the best War Chant filly I could find and I am just so excited for Tony, as he has been a big supporter of mine”, Boomer said.
I Am Boudica’s trainer Vern Brockman and her owners Tony Patrizi & Ron Sayers have done a wonderful job with the filly, giving her plenty of time to develop and looking after her at ever turn. I Am Boudica is bred to excel at a mile plus so what she is doing over the shorter courses is a bonus and she looks to have a very exciting spring ahead as she steps up in distance. The win today was another endorsement for the Westspeed scheme with an additional $27,500 won on top of the first prize cheque of $64,000!
Earlier in the week Boomer’s warhorse, 8yo gelding Obviously [IRE] put in another courageous performance in the Gr.2 City of Hope Stakes at Santa Anita in Los Angeles. The Phil D’Amato trainee jumped slowly from an outside gate and was taken on in the lead through suicidal fractions of 21, 43 and 1:07 which told at the finish as he was swamped late finishing a length third over the mile which stopped the clock at 1:31.69, a new track record for Santa Anita. The big bay who has won 8 Graded races, including two Gr.1’s and US$1.8m since coming to the US, will lineup in a few weeks time in either the Breeders’ Cup Mile or the Breeders’ Cup sprint. Obviously was purchased by Boomer at the 2011 Tattersalls Horse’s In-Training Sale for £130,000.
Boomer will be attending the same sale again this year from the 24th to 27th October in Newmarket, England.