Day At The Track

Bling's tough first-up assignment

01:02 PM 03 Nov 2014 NZDT
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Bling It On returns from a spell at Menangle today
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Rising star Bing It On is set to follow a path similar to the one harness racing’s boom pacer, Guaranteed, has been on.

Due to have his first run back from a spell at Menangle today, Bing It On will be given a limited four-year-old campaign with the hope of making the transition to the top echelon at five – a trek Guaranteed is currently undertaking.

Bing It On’s main targets for the term are the Mount Eden Championship later this month, followed by the Paleface Adios Stake leading into Chariots Of Fire and one of Victoria’s rich futurities.

Guaranteed won the Mount Eden before returning to Menangle to capture the Paleface Adios and Chariots Of Fire.

The son of Artsplace then finished second in the Vicbred Final before returning this season to win his three starts in sensational fashion.

According to part-owner Harvey Kaplan, Bing It On will contest the same races, except the Breeders’ Crown will replace the Vicbred series.

“He will only have a light four-year-old season before being unleashed at five,” Kaplan said. “He’ll only have 10 to 12 starts, with the Chariots the main aim.

“Guaranteed is a super horse and if Bing It On can emulate his feats we will be super excited.”

Despite connections’ plans for the Belinda McCarthy-trained entire, Kaplan isn’t expecting a grand first-up victory.

Although he believes Bing It On is capable of winning, Kaplan feels the conditions are against the son of American Ideal.

Spelled after his gallant second in the Breeders’ Crown last August, Bing It On has drawn the outside of the front row against seasoned free-for-allers.

“He is a superstar, but given he’s first-up from barrier 10 against older, fitter horses it’s no gimme,” Kaplan declared. “The handicapping makes it hard on a four-year-old like him coming back from a spell.

“If we nominated him on a metropolitan meeting, he would be put up against the likes of Beautide and so on.

“Be it trotters, pacer, colts or mares, there needs to be more available options for early four-year-olds.

“In fact, it’s even harder on mares as they have to run against the boys as there is no Chariots Of Fire-type races set aside for them.”

  • PAUL COURTS

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