RACE 8 - Group 1 TAB Kingsford-Smith Cup (1300m)
1st - The Bostonian - Tony Pike - Michael Cahill
2nd - Princess Posh - Kris Lees - Larry Cassidy
3rd - Trekking - James Cummings - Kerrin McEvoy
Tony Pike's decision to back-up his TAB Doomben 10,000 winner The Bostonian in Saturday's Group 1 Kingsford-Smith Cup (1300m) at Eagle Farm paid massive dividends.
Pike had originally signalled The Bostonian would be kept fresh for the Stradbroke Handicap (June 8) after he surprised many to win the 10,000 a fortnight ago.
After impressing Pike at trackwork on Tuesday, the Queensland Derby and JJ Atkins-winning trainer decided to give The Bostonian another shot under weight-for-age conditions.
The Bostonian secured a gun run in transit and the four-year-old gelding proved far too strong for latecomers Princess Posh and race favourite, Trekking.
“This horse just loves it over here, his last prep is well documented but to come to the Winter Carnival and win the first two of the big three sprint races is another level," Pike said.
“He worked brilliantly around here on Tuesday and I was quietly confident he could carry his form and by the looks he’s improved on it.
“His coat and condition were much sharper today and I think he’s only going to improve moving towards the Stradbroke, I just hope the handicappers and nice and don’t lump us with too much weight.
“He’s going to be near the top of the handicap with a 109 rating, I think 57 is the least you can give a horse of that class, so we’ll take that.
“He’s third up in his preparation and should be right where he needs to be for the Stradbroke.
It capped off an incredible fortnight for veteran Queensland jockey Michael Cahill who brought up a treble for the day and made it two Group 1 winners in the space of a fortnight.
“Michael is absolutely flying he managed to get him across into a cushy position from barrier eleven and he just knows when to press the button on this horse.”
Cahill said The Bostonian felt even better today than he did on 10,000 day.
“He has the attitude of a winning horse at the moment and that’s what he’s doing," he said.
“The plan was similar to his last run get him in the first quartet and give him a chance.”