A hot price to pay
“THEY are all expensive if they can’t run but they are all cheap if they can!”
That was trainer Garry Frazer’s novel but accurate reply when asked how much he needed to pay to secure Hot As Hell, the promising two-year-old making his debut in the $22,000 Bathurst Toyota Gold Nugget (1100m).
Hot As Hell is by emerging sire Sizzling out of the Last Tycoon mare Mythique and was bred by former top jockey Scott Seamer, best known as the rider of champion mare Ethereal, winner of the 2001 Caulfield and Melbourne Cup.
Frazer hasn’t rushed Hot As Hell to the races this season, giving the gelding a thorough education on the training track including three barrier trials to prepare for his debut today.
Hot As Hell showed the benefit of Frazer’s patience with his latest barrier trial hitout at Hawkesbury when he settled off the speed, accelerated between runners and closed late to win the heat narrowly but impressively.
“I thought he trialled ‘good’ for a young horse,’’ Frazer said.
“He’s still learning but he is a very nice type of two-year-old.
“You want to see these young horses keep improving and he seems to be going the right way.
“I do think he will be a better horse next season but he is doing everything right and I’m happy to send him to the races.’’
The Gold Nugget, Bathurst’s premier juvenile race, has attracted a competitive field of seven including four first starters.
Frazer has booked top jockey Grant Buckley to ride Hot As Hell.
Hot As Hell will be a name familiar to some racegoers. A sprinter by the same name trained by Jim Johnstone won nine races including The Shorts and successive June Stakes in 1998-99.
Coincidentally, the June Stakes, Sydney’s premier winter sprint, is the feature race at Royal Randwick on Saturday.
Frazer is sending two gallopers to the Bathurst meeting including Norma Jeane for the Maiden Handicap (1300m).
Norma Jeane, a threeyear-old filly by All American, made her debut at Nowra in late April and struggled throughout, finishing at the rear of the field.
“She has definitely taken some improvement from her first run,’’ Frazer said. “Her work has been pretty good since her Nowra run so I’m hoping she can run a better race (today).’’
Frazer also revealed stable star Spright is on track for the Dane Ripper Stakes at Doomben on Saturday after her competitive effort when sixth to Pedrena in the Glenlogan Park Stakes.
“Spright pulled up great from her Doomben run,’’ Frazer said.
“I was really happy with the way she went. She had to come down the outside fence and was only beaten two lengths.
“We will go to the Dane Ripper on Stradbroke day and then our main aim is the (Group 1) Tattersall’s Tiara later in the month.’’
Greg Ryan is sure to continue his winning ways at Bathurst.