Day At The Track

Pacer has bonafides for a future in Tasmania

07:16 PM 19 Aug 2013 NZST
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Bona Fide Hustler Bona Fide Hustler, Harness Racing
Bona Fide Hustler after his win at his Tasmanian debut
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Bona Fide Hustler with driver Gareth Rattray
Peter Staples Photo

A recent addition to the Paul Medhurst harness racing stable looks set to make his mark in the lower grades in Tasmania.

Bona Fide Hustler was purchased by Medhurst for $14,000 from the same owners that sold him Lockdown that went on to win multiple races in Tasmania.

The four-year-old gelding’s form in NSW was good without being overly impressive.

He won three times at Menangle but at his second win he carved out a mile rate of 1.56.7 to suggest he was a more than capable pacer.

At Tattersall’s Park in Hobart on Sunday night Bona Fide Hustler made his Tasmanian debut and he could not have been more impressive.

He was forced to face the breeze for most of the race outside if Iden Princess that burned out of the gate to lead from a near outside barrier (6).

But with leading reinsman Gareth Rattray aboard, Bona Fide Hustler forged clear turning for home and went on to defeat Dieberdevil by almost three metres with Terror Jones 1-3/4 metres away third.

“I have only had him two weeks and we almost didn’t run him because he had a bit of a cold when he arrived but he recovered in time to start tonight and he did a great job,” Medhurst said.

“His arrival in Tasmania was delayed because of that strike by the waterside workers in Melbourne that prevented him coming here on the Spirit of Tasmania.”

“On what he showed tonight I would say he will definitely pay his way,” he said.

The gelding had five starts as a two-year-old for three minor placings the he won first-up from a spell at his first start as a three-year-old clocking a rate of 1.58.9.

From his 12 starts last season he won twice and was placed three times but other than two flops he finished no further back that fourth.

He had almost a year away from the racetrack and returned in June this year and produced similar results from his five starts prior to arriving in Tasmania.

“From what he’s shown us so far he is quite sound so his future looks bright here in Tassie,” Medhurst said.

Driver Rattray also gave the gelding a glowing report.

“He had to do it a bit tough facing the breeze tonight but we got away with a cheap quarter so that helped,” Rattray said.

 “He is a good pacer and doesn’t seem to have any vices so I’m sure there are more wins for him here in Tasmania,” he said.

Peter Staples


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