Former South Australian pacer Bulletproof Boy provided trainer Scott Ewen with his first Victorian metropolitan training success in the Australian Pacing Gold Pace at Melton on Saturday night.
Beginning quickly from his outside draw, the five-year-old son of Art Official assumed the position outside race leader Delightful Mia into the first turn before taking a trail in the coveted one-out-one-back spot with just over a lap to travel.
Angled into the clear rounding the home turn, Bulletproof Boy overhauled the leaders in the shadows of the post to score by a neck from the fast finishing Hit The Sky with race favourite Boncel Benjamin filling third.
Ewen, who relocated to the Cranbourne Training Centre in September 2019, was clearly thrilled with his horse’s performance when interviewed by trackside host Rob Auber after the race.
“Last time in I probably threw him in the deep end a bit. He started to pull in his races and I thought that he might settle if he raced in the better company where the speed is really on all the way,” Ewen explained.
“But he really was getting to be off his head a bit and started to get on his stoppers so we gave him a short let up. He’d been working really well leading up to his first up run at Bendigo but he got pulling in that race and didn’t have a lot of luck.”
“He ran the gate well again tonight and then was happy to back off when we got cover and that made all the difference.”
Bulletproof Boy has now recorded 24 wins and 16 placings from 68 career starts for prizemoney in excess of $125,000. A relative freshman in open class ranks, he shapes as an ideal candidate for the tier two country cups over the summer months for his new ownership group after the horse changed hands at the end of his last preparation.
By David Scott
Photo: Stuart McCormick