By Glenn Davis
Gold Coast trainer Mel Eggleston is still searching for his first Group 1 winner and hopes unbeaten filly All Over Bosanova could be the one.
Eggleston will get a good guide whether All Over Bosanova can measure up to elite level when the three-year-old makes her comeback in the Listed Mick Dittman Plate (1050m) at Doomben on Saturday.
All Over Bosanova has won her only four starts by big margins ranging from 2-1/4 lengths to five lengths.
The daughter of Court Command has not started since winning at Eagle Farm in mid-February.
Eggleston has a big opinion of his filly and rates her up with the best horses he’s trained.
“Tyrannic won a Golden Nugget (1991) when it was worth $1 million and Love And Money and Secret Gift were two other very good sprinters of mine but she’s up to them,” Eggleston said.
Eggleston is amazed with All Over Bosanova whose wins have come from raw ability.
“She’s never had a barrier trial in her life and has had only four starts,” he said.
“She’s gone straight into her races and won all of them on raw ability alone.”
Eggleston acknowledges All Over Bosanova faces her acid test against a strong field in the Mick Dittman Plate.
“She’ll probably run in the Gold Coast Guineas next and I’ll be thrilled if she can win one of them,” Eggleston said.
“I’ll let her surprise me, and if she does, we can start looking at some of the more serious races during the winter.”
The Group 1 Tatt’s Tiara (1400m) at Eagle Farm on June 24 will be her main target if she shows she can run the trip.
“I’d love to see her get 1400 metres but at this stage I don’t know if she will,” he said.
“I’ll get this race out of the way first as she’s going up another level now.
“It’s a tough field. She’s up against Guard Of Honour who ran a good race when fifth in the Oakleigh Plate in Melbourne.
“The good thing with her is she’s drawn well and will go forward and has a great turn of foot.”
Racing Queensland webnews April 21