Former South Australian pacer Bulletproof Boy gave locals a glimpse of his potentially prolific talent when he easily accounted for a smart field in the St Ronans Pace at Yarra Valley on Monday afternoon.
The Scott Ewen trained pacer has been luckless in a number of recent attempts at metropolitan level and clearly appreciated the opportunity to compete on the country circuit with the benefit of a claim for leading concession driver Kima Frenning.
Bulletproof Boy was angled into the running line from his inside back row draw by Frenning after the start and enjoyed a good run in transit before starting a three-wide assault at the 600-metre mark. The son of Art Official joined the leaders rounding the turn and then burst clear in the home straight to score a comfortable nine metre victory over the well-supported Jean Luc with Popnduke filling third placing after leading throughout.
The winner returned a slick mile rate of 1:57:2 for the 2150 metre journey but it was his closing sectionals of 28:8 and 27:4 seconds which underscored his latent ability.
Ewen was confident before the race and justifiably pleased with Bulletproof Boy’s success.
“I said to Kima before the race that he should just win today and that I think he is potentially a Cups class horse,” Ewen said. “I think I gave her a bit of a fright and in fairness, I probably put her under a bit of pressure. She’s never set eyes on the horse before and here I am talking him up before she’d even climbed aboard.”
Frenning was not only equal to the task but came back to the stable area with a glowing report for Ewen.
“He’s a really cool dude. When I eased him out he just towed me into the race and when we turned for home he just took off. Gee he’s quick,” Frenning said.
Bulletproof Boy is the flag-bearer for the Ewen stable now that he has relocated from Adelaide to the Cranbourne Training Centre and Ewen is hoping that the horse can progress through the metropolitan level over the coming months.
The winner of 22 races from 54 lifetime starts to date, Bulletproof Boy returns to racing at the Melton on Saturday night in a rating 85 to 99 event over 2,240 metres.
By David Scott
Photo: Claire Weston Photography