Ultimate Fantasy heads to Hawkesbury on Sunday

Handy miler Ultimate Fantasy heads to Hawkesbury for her second up assignment taking her place in race 5 JSJ roofing Fillies and Mares Benchmark 67 over 1400m on Sunday.

Ultimate Fantasy

                           Ultimate Fantasy

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The All American mare kicked off her current campaign finishing on the placegetters heels only 13/4 lengths under a big weight over the unsuitable distance of 1300m with the stable confident of another strong showing stepping out slightly to the seven furlongs on the bigger roomer Hawkesbury track, a circuit where Ultimate Fantasy was a narrowly beaten last prep. “Ultimate Fantasy is well, she has continued to please following her first up run and certainly heads to Hawkesbury fit and well. The mare has drawn lovely in barrier 2 and should gain a good run in transit and does look well placed with a nice weight drop from last start” added Kim. Jean Van Overmire continues his association with Ultimate Fantasy, with the pair jumping from barrier 2 in the fifth event on the card at Hawkesbury on Sunday

Uptown Lad looking for a hat-trick of wins at Royal Randwick

Talented sprinter Uptown Lad will be looking to continue on his winning ways following back to back wins in recent weeks when he steps out in the final event on the day race 9, Tab.Com.Au Handicap over 1400m

The Manhattan Rain gelding has been in fine form since his return from a spell with wins at Newcastle and then stepping up to metropolitan grade with another outstanding victory in heavy ground at Rosehill a fortnight ago. “Uptown Lad is great, he hasn’t put a foot wrong and continues to thrive both on and off the track. Both of his wins have been full of merit winning both in a similar fashion showing a nice turn of foot on both occasions including recording the quickest closing sectionals of the day on a heavy track at Rosehill a fortnight ago. From barrier 13 I’d expect Uptown Lad to settle in a mid field position with cover and hopefully will be hitting the line hard again. I have elected to book Jean Van Overmeire, he knows the gelding well having won on him first up at Newcastle and who will claim 3kgs bringing the gelding’s weight down nicely to 56.5kgs. On his current form I have no doubt with luck in running Uptown Lad will once again prove most competitive” added Kim.

Uptown Lad

                        Uptown Lad

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Uptown Lad

Uptown Lad

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Waugh’s Little Bully A Grande Addition

Story courtesy Ray Hickson  racingnsw.com.au

Bully the donkey may be a social media sensation but he’s also accidentally becoming an integral part of Kim Waugh’s stable.

You often hear stories of racehorses having unusual companions and while young Bully has thrust himself upon his thoroughbred stablemates he’s been a welcome addition.

“Everyone loves the donkey, he’s so cheeky,” Waugh said.

Kim Waugh with her popular donkey Bully

Kim Waugh with her popular donkey Bully

Photo courtesy Robyn Hartney

“He follows everyone around, bites people on the bum and has everyone in stitches.

“The horses really like playing with him. He gallops through the barn and they don’t even care, they are fascinated by him.”

Bully – so named because he likes to be the boss – hasn’t reached raceday companion status yet, though does sleep in a stable, so he won’t pop up at Wyong on Wednesday when Waugh takes the unraced Boca Grande and new acquisition Hand From Above to the track for the first time.

The story of the plucky donkey, who was eight days old when rejected by his mother, has captivated social media since Waugh introduced him early in October.

She said she didn’t think twice about trying to save him when he was discovered and even committed to feeding him every four hours.

“I’m a crazy mad animal lover,” she said.

“It was all by accident it all happened, he wasn’t very well at all and we didn’t really know if he would make it because he was quite weak.”

As the videos of Bully galloping around Waugh’s property and invading the house illustrate he’s thriving and has quickly taken to his second chance at life.

And it seems his fame has spread quickly too – as Mark Waugh found out when the Ashes series kicked off.

“Everyone loves animal photos, and we love Bully and found him so cute, so we put him on (social media) not really knowing what would happen,” she said.

“When Mark was at the first test in Brisbane he came home and said ‘Bully’s famous’.

“The cricketers and their wives were asking how he was, everyone knows him.”

Exactly what Bully will tell Boca Grande and Hand From Above before they leave for Wyong we’ll never know but Waugh is expecting both to be competitive in their first-up assignments.

Boca Grande is a little special to Waugh in his own right being the second foal of her former Group 1 placed filly Kimillsy.

The three-year-old has pleased Waugh with two trials in the lead up to his debut in the Guardian Partners Maiden (1200m) though opened a $16 chance with TAB.

“He’s a typical Sebring, a lot of them take a bit of time but he is showing good potential,’’ she said.

“I like him a lot. He’s still a bit raw and a bit new but eventually he’s going to be a nice horse.

Click here to view Boca Grande’s latest trial

“I think he will run a great race. He’s drawn tricky but it’s good education for him, I’ve got Tye (Angland) on him, if he gets a bit of cover he will be hitting the line strongly.’’

Hand From Above, originally trained by the Snowdens, comes to Waugh after failing in two starts for Darren Weir.

She said the five-year-old, placed at Randwick on Christmas Eve last year, had no injury concerns when he arrived and is confident he can regain form.

Hand From Above opened at $9 with TAB for the Hudson Homes Town Plate (1350m).

“He didn’t show a lot of interest in his first trial but his second trial I was much happier with,’’ she said.

“As he’s got fitter his work has got better and I think he will run a good race. He’s eating well and working well, I don’t see why he shouldn’t.”