Champion chaser Buckle Up Wes (Collision – Everlong Bale) will be at prohibitive odds about winning Division One of the J G Nelson Cup (515 metres) at Monday nights LGRC meeting. Exeter based mentor Anthony Bullock, who prepares another standout in Hellyeah Bolt (Dyna Lachlan – Flash Diamond), has not conceded defeat however.
“Buckle Up Wes is better drawn than me and may very well lead. That would mean that it will be almost impossible to run him down, but I have not given up hope of winning,” he explained this week.
“I believe that there is only about two lengths between them. If my dog is spotting him four lengths in the run, he obviously can’t win, but that may not be the case.”
The outstanding chasers have almost identical Tasmanian and venue records. Buckle Up Wes has won 20 of 31 on Tasmanian soil and 11 of 15 at Launceston, whilst Hellyeah Bolt has greeted the judge at 18 of 30 Tasmanian attempts and in six of nine venue runs.
“Buckle Up Wes prevailed in the J G Nelson Cup heat but we had excuses,” Bullock explained.
“The two of them and Nooee’s Lad went hard into the first corner running a first spit of 5.05 and there was a shuffle up with my bloke coming off second best, but in saying that we are all aware that Buckle Up Wes is a star.”
The Bullock complex will also be represented by heat winner Gemstone Jack (Bit Chili – Right Way Gloria) in Monday night’s event, which carries a lucrative LGRC bonus in addition to a winners purse of almost $2,000.
Meanwhile Brighton trainer Brendan Pursell has qualified both Alonnah (Talks Cheap – Wooreddy) and Despicable Matt (Cosmic Rumble – Sky Twinkle) for Division Two of the J G Nelson Cup, drawing in the red and yellow boxes respectively.
“I am particularly happy with Alonnah of late and she should be able to sit just off the pace in the run. If Red Nitro begins like he did in the heat he may very well lead and she may sit behind him,” Pursell explained.
“Despicable Matt may also get a nice run in transit from the five box because he has a slow beginner each side of him. However it is a very even field and a difficult event to win.”
Ace Mangalore trainer Ted Medhurst has a great chance of winning Division Three of the J G Nelson Cup, with occupants of his kennel making up almost half of the field.
His kennel will be represented by Lonesome Cry-Infatuation littermates Yeah Right, Superficial and Star Chamber, who all debuted recently in impressive fashion.
However Launceston trainer Eileen Thomas, best known as the trainer of former speedster Damek, will provide very stiff opposition to the Medhurst trio with the highly promising Night Tremors (Fear Zafonic – Night Storm). The Christopher Essex owned sprinter has strung together a series of impressive victories in recent weeks.