By Isaac Murphy
Paul McIlveen nominated Bad And Boujee for a Fifth Grade 700-metre race a fortnight ago at Albion Park, more out of frustration than anything.
Precisely 42.12 seconds after the jump, the move looked more a masterstroke, as the afterthought became a Winter Carnival contender.
Like many young stayers, the journey to get to the 700 metres hadn’t been easy for the daughter of My Bro Fabio, filled with potential she just couldn’t keep up over the shorter trips, but seems to have finally found her calling.
The bitch followed her debut performance with an admirable placing, as McIlveen comes to grips with training a week in week out stayer who’ll test the waters in Thursday’s Listed Dashing Corsair.
“I didn’t think there’d be a 700-metre race on back-to-back weeks for her, so I gave her a light week with the intention of running her over the 600 last start,” McIlveen said.
“On the Tuesday at 10am they put out they needed nominations for a 700, I think that’s going to be her distance going forward so I threw her in, but I think the easy week I’d given her on the lead probably just told towards the end of the race.
“She’s a real momentum bitch and when she came together with the Burman’s stayer Smart Lilly at the 600-metre boxes it halted both of their runs, but she did well to hang on for third.”
McIlveen has trained a couple of handy stayers in the past and still saw plenty to like heading into this week’s heats.
“The signs I was looking for were still there, the way she cruised up to Smart Lilly down the back I thought she was going to go right on by like she’d done the week before, but I just had to remember it was only her second ever 700,” he said.
“She put herself in a lovely stalking position as she’d done the week before; when she gets left alone in the run, she just settles into that nice cruising speed which brings her into the race just at the right time.
“I’m not concerned about her running out the distance, it was just a combination of no work during the week and getting held up at the wrong time - she looked to be doing her best work into the catching pen her first 700.”