A hot price to pay

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - RACING - RAY THOMAS

“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.’’

Pic­ture: Si­mon Bullard

Greg Ryan is sure to con­tinue his win­ning ways at Bathurst.

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