Kerry Weir filled his pockets and the pockets of local punters on Friday, with Bouddi bolting in for an easy win in the 2000m Class One Handicap.
The Tumut trainer said he would be “very hard to beat” in the race when chatting with the Tumut and Adelong Times last week, but the six-year-old still started $35.20 on the NSW tote, before exploding away for a 3.34 length victory over race favourite Lord Tropicana.
“Going on the form, he was going to be hard to beat,” Weir said.
“The second and third horses had won at provincials two starts ago and that’s why they were short but after our run at Coota, we knew we would go close.”
Weir explained that Bouddi was bred to stay but hinted he would keep him around the 2000m distance as he eyed races in town in the coming weeks.
“He is half to an Oaks winner (Dear Demi), so he can stay,” Weir laughed.
“He probably could go further, but there are not really any options if we get further and it’s easy to go up in distance, but harder to go back.
“There is one race in a couple weeks for him in Sydney, it’s called the Country Classic and is a set weights race over 2000m and then there is another nice race in Sydney in three weeks later.”
Weir said now was the best time to be considering trips to Sydney in search of bigger prize money.
“Especially this time of year, the spring carnival in Sydney is starting to thin out, and now we can find a nice race for him,” Weir said.
The win comes ahead of the Tumut trainer’s hometown club staging its first meeting of the season this Saturday.
Entry to the Derby Day meet is being restricted to pre-purchased online ticket holders only.
The five-event card has attracted a decent tally of more than 60 nominations, with the Benchmark 58 (1200m) most popular, attracting 18 noms.
The Benchmark 50 (1400m) picked up 16 nominations and the two maiden events also reached double figures.
Acceptances will be announced Thursday.