The boom on exciting three-year-old Bold Thruster just got a few decibels louder following yet another impressive galloping lesson on Sunday.
The son of Turffontein had class written all over at his maiden win three weeks ago when he blitzed his Restricted Maiden rivals by more than six lengths in a 1200m race on turf.
With stronger material to contend with in Sunday’s $85,000 Novice race over 1200m, a slight query still hovered around whether he would measure up. After all, he just turned three and most horses in that age bracket are not entirely bombproof.
Bold Thruster (Barend Vorster) proves too good for his Novice rivals on Sunday, picture Singapore Turf Club
But Bold Thruster treated the likes of Mr Hooper, Taro San and What’s New with the same contempt – showing them a clean pair of heels from the start, to eventually run them ragged at the business end.
Striding to the lead as he did at his last-start romp, even if he had to be used up a little more from the wider alley this time, the black galloper was never in doubt once he found the rails.
Vorster bided his time, waiting till they straightened up to let rip. Once he did, Bold Thruster shot clear in the blink of an eye, with Taro San (Shafrizal Saleh) struggling to keep up as he drifted out wide under pressure, leaving Mr Hooper (Wong Chin Chuen) as the only remaining brave soul who could turn giant-killer.
But at the 100m, the die was already cast. Bold Thruster just kept careering away to hit the line with more than four lengths to spare. Mr Hooper ran a game second, 2 ½ lengths clear of Taro San with What’s New (Michael Rodd) fourth another short head away.
Backed down to prohibitive odds of $6, Bold Thruster ran the 1200m on the Long Course in the smart time of 1min 9.62secs.
Baertschiger said Bold Thruster was still learning about his trade, but will most certainly soar to loftier heights if he keeps going along the same upward spiral.
“He’s only young and was a little fired up. He jumped well and had to do some work to get there this time,” said the Australian handler.
“He came back nicely and put behind some pretty good sectionals. He’s a smart horse, but once he gets to Class 3 as a three-year-old, we will then start to see how good he is.
“The Garden City Trophy (1200m) with its special conditions might be a race that can suit him. We are throwing him in at the deep end, but he’s pretty talented, pretty exceptional, and he deserves to have a shot.”
The Group 3 race, which Baertschiger won with Faaltless last year, will be run on October 21.
Jockey Barend Vorster, who was aboard at both of Bold Thruster’s wins given the luxury load the gelding had on both occasions, would certainly love to keep the association going regardless of handicap.
“It’s a pleasure to ride such a talented individual. From the moment the gates opened, he went flat out and was the complete professional,” said the South African lightweight jockey.
“He pinged the gates and once he was two to three strides clear, he just kept his mind on the job.
“At the 600m, he was in full control and knew what he was doing. I just let him do his own things, he does everything for you.
“But at the 200m, he started to look around a little. I just gave him a backhander and he stuck to his task, and won another easy race.”
With that second win in three starts, Bold Thruster has now taken his stakes earnings past the $90,000 mark for the Tivic Stable.