50-to-one? You’ve got to be kidding! Bondi Shake can rattle the Aussie bookies today
For a horse who looked a certainty beaten at his last start, trainer Al Barnes can hardly believe that most Australian bookies have Bondi Shake at 50-to-one today.
Lincoln Farms’ improver lines up in the fifth race at Albion Park, with a strong chance of leading from three on the gate.
And if you saw his last-start fourth at Albion Park, when he was badly held up from the 400 metres to the turn, you’d share Barnes’ confidence that he’s outstanding value at those odds.
Bondi Shake was having just his second run back from a spell on May 18 and Barnes thought he’d be well underdone.
So you can imagine how surprised he was when after being burned out of the gate, then trailing the leader, the three-year-old was busting for an out when Coppice started dying in his face more than 400 metres from home.
Driver Hayden Barnes wasn’t able to extricate the horse until after turning for home and he powered home to be beaten only 3.2 metres in fourth.
“Hayden said he would have won had he not been dragged back. Coppice normally doesn’t stop like that and I was surprised he held us out at the start.
“I don’t know how much gate speed the one and two horses have got today but our horse is pretty quick out.
“Hayden has options from three but his modus operandi is to go forward and have a look for 100 metres. He’ll put his foot down and have a crack and hopefully lead.
“The horse has been brilliant through the week. I fast worked him myself and he felt great.
“I’m confident he’s ready to do something today. There’s nothing in there he can’t beat.”
Bondi Shake has opened on the New Zealand TAB at $51 to win and $8 to place.
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Friday night at Cambridge
Race 3: Lincoln Lou
“He’s a beautiful little horse and I’m looking forward to seeing him run. It’s hard to know how good he is, or how far he’ll go, but I guess we’ll find out on Friday. He’s the one to beat from the draw. If he doesn’t win, he won’t be far away.”
Race 5: Commander Lincoln
“I won’t be holding my breath. He tries hard enough but he lacks a bit of high speed.”
Race 8: Onyx Shard
“It’s two and a half months since she last raced, and she didn’t grow as much as I thought she would, but I’m expecting her to go a good race. Her last two trials have been good and she’s pulled up well.”
Race 8: Obadiah Dragon
“He’ll need a good trip from five but he’s not out of it. He went a good race last time at Cambridge and would be as equal a chance as Onxy Shard.”
Race 8: Beaudiene Rocknroll
“It’s heart-in-the-mouth stuff with him until they let them go but he should step away this time. Zac (Butcher) said the gate went particularly slowly before that race and that’s why he got impatient. I thought he did well to recover for third. If he made the front, where he goes best, he’d be hard to beat.”
Race 9: Frisco Bay
“He’s a tidy horse and I’m expecting a big run. We’ve sorted the problem he had with his breathing last season and he’s right in the zone now after a second and a win at the workouts.”
Mark Dux’s comments
Saturday night at Albion Park
Race 5: Argyle
11.02pm NZ time
“It wouldn’t have mattered where he drew this week, he’s in the money, barring bad luck. He’s going terrific and he gets in so well at the ratings.”