Day At The Track

Breeding will tell at Bunbury

08:05 PM 24 Jun 2015 NZST
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Bob Mellsop - Has Soho Wonder making his debut from his barn on Friday night
Bob Mellsop - Has Soho Wonder making his debut from his barn on Friday night
North American Amateur Drivers Association - 2008 Amateur Driver's World Cup

If breeding is any criterion, four-year-old harness racing gelding Soho Wonder should send punters home in good spirits by winning the final event, the 2100m Retravision Pathway Pace, at Bunbury on Friday night.

A newcomer to the Waroona stables of Bob Mellsop, the WA-bred Soho Wonder will be making his debut in this State after having 45 starts in Victoria and two in Tasmania for six wins and ten placings.

He is an accomplished frontrunner and is perfectly drawn at No. 1.

He was a winner three starts ago when he began from the back line before dashing forward in the first circuit to set the pace and score by more than two lengths from Terra Beau over 2080m at Cranbourne.

None of Soho Wonder's nine rivals can boast such a significant pedigree.

By the American stallion Jet Laag, his dam is the Troublemaker mare Lombo Silhouette, who raced 58 times for nine wins, 21 placings and $92,528 in prizemoney.

Soho Wonder is closely related to former star pacers Misty Maiden (37 starts for 12 wins, 11 placings and $245,449), Lombo Skyrider (321 starts for 63 wins, 84 placings and $841,611) and Lombo Pocket Watch (83 starts for 45 wins, 17 placings and $1,522,638).

Soho Wonder's most serious rival appears to be six-year-old Itz Darknstormy, who has been unplaced at his four starts after resuming from a brief spell.

He is a smart frontrunner and should be prominent from barrier two on the front line.
Itz Darknstormy is one of three runners in the race who are prepared by John Graham, the others being Estilo and Gunner Bromac.

Tom Buchanan had the choice of those three runners and he opted for Itz Darknstormy.

Graham has engaged Micheal Ferguson for Estilo and Justin Prentice for Gunner Bromac, a six-year-old who will be making his first appearance since he broke down in a race at Collie early in March 2014.

Ken Casellas


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