‘Burna’ wins well at Melton

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Sport - BY TONY LO­GAN

Tal­ented five-year-old geld­ing Bur­na­holein­mypocket gave its Kil­patrick, Sud­holz, Schier and Sch­midt clan con­nec­tions an­other rea­son to cel­e­brate when he out­stayed the op­po­si­tion to score a well-de­served vic­tory at Melton on Satur­day night.

A mid-race move round the field into the spot up out­side the leader saw the Kiwi-bred pacer prove too strong in the run to the fin­ish of the $20,000 Min­ute­man Free For All.

Fingers are firmly crossed that ‘Burna’ has fi­nally over­come his suc­ces­sion of nig­gling prob­lems and can string to­gether an un­in­ter­rupted cam­paign through spring and sum­mer.

The com­ing $60,000 Breed­ers Crown Grad­u­ate FFA at Melton on Au­gust 25 looks the next likely tar­get for the in-form Andy and Gath sta­ble run­ner. Bur­na­holein­mypocket’s ca­reer record now stands at 18 wins, 12 mi­nors and a bankroll of $220,411.

Su­per run

Hor­sham owned and trained and hon­orary Birchip mare Bou Chard con­tin­ued her su­per run of con­sis­tency with a gal­lant sec­ond plac­ing in the $30,000 Vicbred Fi­nal at Melton on Satur­day night.

Driver Michael Bell­man took full ad­van­tage of the pole draw right from the start and was able to se­cure prime spot on the back of the leader, Aus­tralia’s boom pacer San Carlo.

Bou Chard switched off dur­ing the mod­er­ate midrace tempo and was then able to up the ante through the fi­nal 800 me­tres in 27.9 and 26.9 sec­onds to hold the chas­ing pack at bay.

She picked up the $4500 con­so­la­tion cheque for the Car­berry-con­nelly team though beaten some 5.2 me­tres by San Carlo, which notched up his 17th vic­tory from just 19 starts.

Bou Chard’s four-year-old cam­paign has to date yielded six wins and seven mi­nor plac­ing’s from 14 out­ings and it would be great to see her land an­other be­fore the end of the cur­rent sea­son.

Re­tired Steed

Great West­ern-trained geld­ing The Noble Steed bowed out of rac­ing after his 100th ca­reer out­ing at Melton on Satur­day night.

The ris­ing seven-year-old bay came from three back the pegs at the bell, to fin­ish in third place two me­tres from the Lance Jus­tice-trained quinella in a rate of 1:54.4 for the 1720-me­tre dash. The Noble Steed was bred by its trainer Ker­ryn Man­ning, who also drove the pacer in 85 of its 100 starts.

Own­ers Pe­ter Big­more and the Dream­ers Group have had plenty of fun over the time with their horse, which posted 17 wins, 27 mi­nors and stakes of $137,000.

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