Wellington Guineas goes to Barside

Clear in the lead, Barside gives reason for celebration.

Let go by punters after failing to handle the tight right-hand bends at Te Awamutu at his previous start, Barside (3 B. G. Tobougg – Chita Rivera, by Casual Lies) again stoked the confidence of leading rider Lisa Allpress with the domination of his victory in the $85,000, Group II, New Zealand Bloodstock Wellington Thoroughbred Breeders Guineas over 1500-metres at Trentham on Saturday.
The win by Barside was a feather in the cap for talented young horseman Trent Busuttin, training for owners Windsor Park Stud Ltd,M J Bradley, A Brough, T L Busuttin, R Chang, M C Fenwick, B Gadsby, D Kneebone, H Pomare & L W Stewart.
Impressive when giving his rivals a towelling on heavy going at New Plymouth two starts ago, with Allpress aboard, Barside again found his form reverting back to the left-handed way of going and with significant give in the ground.
Slow in the early stages to settle back in the field, Barside was assisted by the genuine pace inadvertently set by eventual third-placed finishing Anotherchancetaken (No Excuse Needed) who carted jockey Robert Hannam along with a slipped saddle at the head of the field.
From six lengths off the pace at the 600m, Barside sprinted to level a furlong out and remained strong in the centre of track to win by an impressive three-and-a-quarter-length margin. In search of better ground near the outside rail Elusive Tracy (Elusive City) finished second.
On the testing ground, Allpress said, “He was all over the place up the straight, he just got a bit tired, but when you gather him up again he finds a bit more. He’s a nice tough horse and after the last start I rode him at New Plymouth I said to Trent (Busuttin) he’d be a perfect ride for the 2000 Guineas.”
From the family of talented gallopers Richard Beymer (Volksraad) and Natalie Wood (Yachtie), who hail from his grand-dam Westside Story (Star Way), Barside holds a nomination for the $1million, Group I, 2000 Guineas at Riccarton on November 6.
His sire, Tobougg (Barathea), has already left the 2000 Guineas winner The Pooka, who scored under the tutelage of John Wheeler in 2007.
Barside paid $17.50 & $4.10 on the NZ TAB.