By Glenn Davis
It was just over a year ago when trainer Danny Bougoure stared into the crystal ball and predicted a bright future for Ginger Rock.
Bougoure made the assessment after Ginger Rock won at her second start at Eagle Farm in July last year.
Fast forward more than 12 months and Bougoure’s judgement hasn’t altered ahead of the four-year-old’s assignment at Doomben on Wednesday.
Ginger Rock - a Robbie Fradd mount - will be attempting to win for a third time in only 10 starts in the Class Three Handicap over 1200 metres.
The daughter of Rothesay bounced back to her best form at her sixth start this campaign with a narrow but impressive win over 1050 metres at Doomben on July 29.
“She gets in well at the weights with 56kgs and she’ll be hard to beat from barrier one,” Bougoure said.
“She’s also going to 1200 metres which should suit her a lot better and the firmer ground is what she wants.
“I’ve had a few issues with her during her career with growing pains and a few gut problems.”
Bougoure revealed Ginger Rock suffers from a rare allergy from eating lucerne hay.
“She was never right early on and got an allergic reaction to eating lucerne hay but since we took her off it at the start of this preparation, she’s been fine,” he said.
Bougoure is best known as the trainer of former dual Group 1 winner Falvelon, who was one of the nation’s top sprinters winning back-to-back Doomben 10,000s in 2002-03.
Ginger Rock was bred by Toowoomba trainer Rex Lipp who sent his handy mare Seconde to Rothesay.
Bougoure plans to give Ginger Rock a few more starts to decide if she will measure up to the Magic Millions carnival at the Gold Coast in January.
“I bought her for $38,000 at the Magic Millions sales and she’s always shown a lot of potential,” Bougoure said.
“I’ve always thought she would make a Magic Millions horse and I’d like to think we could aim her for the Fillies And Mares’ race and the summer carnival races if she’s going well at the time.”