UPDATE: Barnsley Lad bounded into contention for the Kalgoorlie cups treble and Ascot summer carnival features with an explosive win in the $100,000 Focus Minerals Coolgardie Cup (1600m) on Sunday.
Supported from $6 to $4, Barnsley Lad smashed a 19-year-old track record at Kalgoorlie in his outstanding victory.
Jockey Jarrad Noske shot Barnsley Lad, who settled second in running, to the lead early in the straight and cruised home to win by 2-3/4 lengths.
Fanicio ($3.80) ran on strongly for second, with Amelia Storm ($21) grabbing third.
Barnsley Lad’s win was the biggest of Stephen Rowe’s training career and confirmed his big opinion of the five-year-old.
The son of Balestrini, who clipped 0.7sec. off Prime Again’s 1994 track record, left Rowe almost speechless.
“He’s a pretty special horse,” Rowe said. “He put them to the sword at the top of the straight.”
Rowe confirmed Barnsley Lad would start in the $110,000 Goldline Distributors Boulder Cup (1760m) on Sunday week.
Another slashing win would tempt him to chase the $100,000 Bucks Off Triple Nugget Bonus, awarded to the winner of the Coolgardie, Boulder and Kalgoorlie cups.
The $150,000 XXXX Gold Kalgoorlie Cup (2300m) is run on September 21.
“If he wins the Boulder Cup in the same fashion, it would be hard to not have a crack at the bonus,” Rowe said.
“It all depends on how the horse pulls up. Another option is to just go to the Boulder Cup, ease up on him and get him ready for Ascot.”
Rowe, who maintains a top strike rate with a small team trained at Henley Brook, is keen to expand his stables.
“We’re starting to get the rewards for five or six years of hard work,” Rowe said. “I’m keen to take on more horses.”
Amelias Dancer, the $3.50 favourite, ran on from last to finish a solid fourth.
Top mare Pop Culture will have blood tests and an endoscopic examination after finishing last.
Barnsley Lad will clash with Keepers Court in the Boulder Cup after his impressive win at Belmont Park on Saturday.
The Adam Durrant-trained Keepers Court beat in-form galloper When We Were Kings by 2-3/4 lengths in the ozbet.com.au Handicap (1400m).
“He would have run in the Coolgardie Cup, but he drew awkwardly,” Durrant’s stable foreman Jason Miller said.
“He’ll go out to Kal for the next two cups.”
- Scans have cleared jockey Brad Parnham of a serious knee injury after a race fall in Mauritius last week.
Parnham has returned home and will be sidelined for up to six weeks.“Whether he stays or goes back, he’s not sure,” Parnham’s trainer-father Neville.