A Boy Named Rosie impresses

Veteran pacer A Boy Named Rosie caught the eye with an impressive return to racing at Bunbury last Saturday night and the eight-year-old looks a sound prospect at good odds in the 1730m Choices Flooring Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night.

He galloped out at the start of a 2503m stand at Bunbury’s Donaldson Park and settled in last position in a field of eleven, a good twelve lengths from the leader. He was still last with 350m to travel before he finished with great determination, five and six wide, to be second to Captain Proud, with the final 400m section whizzing by in 27.5sec.

That was A Boy Named Rosie’s first appearance for four months when he ran on well from three back on the pegs to finish fourth behind Overboard Again and Eden Franco over 2130m.

Punters will certainly be interested to note that A Boy Named Rosie’s most recent success was 11 months ago when he beat Rocknroll Lincoln at a 1.55.1 rate over 2130m at Gloucester Park. Rocknroll Lincoln has gone from strength after that defeat and he has won the $450,000 WA Pacing Cup and the $50,000 Governor’s Cup at his past two outings.

Eleven-year-old Courage Tells and ten-year-old Bronze Seeker are racing keenly and will have admirers. So, too, will six-year-old Touch of Success, who has outstanding prospects as the solitary runner off the back line.

Five-year-old Waimac Attack, trained by Greg and Skye Bond, has managed just one placing from his past nine starts, but he makes strong appeal from the favourable No. 2 barrier in the 2130m Channel 7 Pace.

Waimac Attack, driven by leading reinsman Ryan Warwick, warmed up in style for this week’s assignment when he thundered home, out wide, from tenth at the bell to finish fourth behind the speedy James Butt last Friday night when the final quarters went by in 28.8sec., 29.5sec., 28.1sec. and 28.6sec.

He should carry too many guns for his chief rivals, Destined To Rule and All Jokes Aside.