Cambridge trainer Stephen Marsh had a word of warning for 3yo black type contenders this spring after Bobby Dazzler, pictured, just lasted to win the Wanganui Guineas on Saturday.
“He’s a lovely colt and he’s only going to get better.”
Bobby Dazzler races in the familiar colours of his part-owners, the Carter siblings John, Mark and Rachael who bred him under their Jomara Bloodstock banner. The win completed a stellar week for the trio who also bred and share in the ownership of last Saturday’s Gr.1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) winner, Humidor.
Ridden by Danielle Johnson, Bobby Dazzler repaid that faith with a gritty performance as he held out fellow Cambridge raider Notabadidea by a bare nose after the pair went to war over the final 150m of the contest. To complicate matters the protest siren went once contestants had returned to the birdcage with the runner-up alleging interference in the concluding stages.
Celebrations were temporarily put on hold until the protest was dismissed and Bobby Dazzler was declared the winner.
“I said to Danielle when they came out into the birdcage that as far as types go, he looks the best,” Marsh said.
“It was a beautiful ride as he got a sweet run. He looked beaten but he kicked back hard which is what he did on debut.”
The Marsh stable had three winners on Saturday
It also won the baby race with Sai Fah and the last with Thee Old Cougar.