Bon­sai’s the boy to beat

Sunday Territorian - - SPORT - — SHANE GREEN

THE Kevin Lam­precht­trained Bon­sai Boy looks hard to beat at Pi­o­neer Park this af­ter­noon.

He will step out in the South­ern Cross TV Maiden Hcp (1100m) and might just be the horse to change the for­tunes of the sta­ble.

Lamprecht has one win on the board this sea­son, a string of mi­nor plac­ings hav­ing plagued the sta­ble.

Bon­sai Boy made his race de­but at Pi­o­neer Park in mid Oc­to­ber when he con­tested an 1100m Maiden Hcp.

He was all at sea that day but his work over the fi­nal 200m was good.

He gained a tre­men­dous amount of knowl­edge through that ef­fort and it showed next time out.

Bon­sai Boy faced the starter three weeks later and de­spite be­ing beaten, he gave warn­ing of things to come.

He came from well back but fin­ished strongly in run­ning se­cond be­hind Mys­tic Ob­ses­sion, with Saint Pulse third.

Those two horses have both won since and the form lines that run through Bon­sai Boy will add a touch of con­fi­dence to pun­ters today.

Craig Lloyd, who has based him­self in Alice Springs for the fi­nal few meet­ings this year, will part­ner Bon­sai Boy.

Good gal­loper Ri­p­ley’s has been dis­ap­point­ing in three runs back from a spell and there is no deny­ing it.

He looked like be­ing a pretty smart horse when he ar­rived here but never quite reached the top of his hill.

He gets the ser­vices of in form ap­pren­tice Ray­mond Vi­gar today and that may be the key that un­locks the best of Ri­p­ley’s abil­ity.

He worked home well last week be­hind Princess Zi­etta, and there is an­other race in him it might be this week when he takes on the OAMPS In­sur­ance Hcp (1200m).

The Will Sav­age- trained Lago Como won a three horse maiden last Sun­day by four lengths. He will line up again today in the Uni­bet Hcp (1200m) and he will have to go up a level or two to win, but he has the abil­ity.

Lago Como is a for­mer Vic­to­rian gal­loper and he will win a few races here be­fore his time is up.

Pic­ture: ELISE DER­WIN

Faster Stronger (Rian Mageean) win­ning the Arafura Tree Ser­vices Hand­i­cap (1200m) from Powlett (Alana Brown) at Fan­nie Bay yes­ter­day

Kevin Lamprecht

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