By Glenn Davis
Trainer Chris Anderson is hopeful Ballistic Boy can give jockey Matt McGillivray back-to-back wins in the Mooloolaba Cup at the Sunshine Coast on Saturday.
McGillivray won last year’s Mooloolaba Cup on the Barry Baldwin-trained The Candy Man.
Ballistic Boy is currently a $2.50 favourite for the 1600-metre feature following his eye-catching second to the Desleigh Forster-trained Red Chase over 1350 metres at Doomben two weeks ago.
It was Ballistic Boy’s first run since claiming the Group 3 Rough Habit Plate over 2400 metres at Eagle Farm in June, and is being aimed towards the $1 million Magic Millions Subzero (2400m) at the Gold Coast in January.
Ballistic Boy went into his first-up run on the back of two barriers trials but his performance didn’t surprise Anderson.
“It was a good run first-up and he’ll hopefully be in the finish again but he’s far from being at his best,” Anderson said.
The Eagle Farm trainer expects Ballistic Boy to improve with each run this campaign and doesn’t want him peaking until Magic Millions time.
Ballistic Boy was a $100,000 buy as a yearling and has earned more than $353,000 in prizemoney so far with four wins and six placings from 15 starts.
Meanwhile trainer David Vandyke will saddle up only one runner on his home track when Baccarat Baby lines up in the Swiss Ace Plate over 1000 metres.
Baccarat Baby has drawn ideally in barrier three in her first run since finishing third in the Group 3 Sapphire Stakes over 1630 metres at Doomben in June.
She was beaten less than two lengths at her previous start when seventh to Love You Lucy in the Group 2 Dane Ripper Stakes at Eagle Farm but missed a start in the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap after being named an emergency.
The five-year-old is a track specialist with four wins and two seconds from six starts.
Baccarat Baby finished a strong second in her only barrier trial over 850 metres at the Sunshine Coast last month ahead of her return.
“Her barrier trial was good and she should be hitting the line strongly,” Vandyke said.
“It was only a last-minute decision to run her in this race, that’s why Michael Hellyer is back on her as Ryan Maloney had a ride.”
Vandyke is keen to chase Stakes races with Baccarat Baby during the summer.