Keayang Ba­zooka boom

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Sport -

When Hor­sham horse­men Aaron Dunn and Steve Blacker de­cided to shell out some of their hard earned cash and buy a four-year-old geld­ing with six starts un­der the belt, one doubts if they quite ex­pected to reap the re­wards of the past 12 weeks.

Keayang Ba­zooka had shown some abil­ity for the pow­er­ful Marg Lee sta­ble be­fore be­ing ad­ver­tised, with six starts and an all-the-way vic­tory in re­stricted com­pany, but a de­ci­sion was made to move the horse on.

And so, just 10 days after fin­ish­ing fourth as an odds-on-favourite at Hamilton, Keayang Ba­zooka stepped out more than 550 kilo­me­tres away from his old stamp­ing ground to contest a C0 2190-me­tre contest at Mil­dura for trainer Barry Dunn and his new co-own­ers.

That af­ter­noon the gelded son of Sportswrit­er USA and Deltas Dream sat out­side the leader and made an or­di­nary lot look even more or­di­nary with an 11-me­tre vic­tory in mod­er­ate time.

Nev­er­the­less, as they say, ‘the money’s the same what­ever…’ and the win­ner’s cheque of $3990 and a $3500 Vicbred Bonus would have made for an en­joy­able trip back home for Steve, Barry and Aaron.

Keayang Ba­zooka fol­lowed up three weeks later with an­other win at the same track and a com­bi­na­tion of grow­ing con­fi­dence, a change of scenery and be­ing well placed has seen the pacer steadily progress through the grades.

The team’s lat­est suc­cess came on Fri­day at Mil­dura in a $7000 C2-4 Pace over the sprint trip of 1790 me­tres.

Drawn out in gate five, Keayang Ba­zooka raced wide early be­fore Dunn worked his charge for­ward to oc­cupy the spot out­side the leader.

From there he dic­tated a mod­er­ate mid-race tempo of 64.5 sec­onds then raised the bar with fi­nal splits in 28.8 and 28.7 to salute by a halflength at the fin­ish.

The Dunn and Blacker combo have to-date, sent their ‘bar­gain buy’ around for 13 starts for five wins, five sec­onds, one third, $27,350 in stakes plus their Vicbred bonus makes a bank of $30,850 – rea­son to smile any­where, any­time.

“This is the first one I’ve ever raced that we didn’t breed or buy at the year­ling sales,” Aaron said. “I probably should have tried it sooner.” It’s Hot To Trot in Hor­sham to­mor­row, Hamilton on July 12 and Stawell, The Maori Legend, July 18.

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