Aston Bolero (pictured) is a clear favourite to win Friday night’s $67,000 Radio 3BO Bendigo Cup (425m), but he will have to get a monkey off his back to do so.
A lightning quick beginner with a dominant record of 27 wins from just 45 starts, Aston Bolero is yet to win at Group level, despite making a number of feature finals.
“This distance suits him and the track suits him so hopefully he can break his duck. I think this is the eighth or ninth final he has made this year,” Thompson said.
Meanwhile, Unlawful Entry (Brett Bravo) was backed in from $7.50 into $6.00 soon after TAB released its market for the Bendigo Cup following Sunday night’s eight heats.
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Unlawful Entry came from behind to eclipse Aston Bolero’s heat time by 0.001sec, ensuring he ran the fastest time among the eight heats.
Unlawful Entry races on behalf of Riding Develops Abilities (Oaklands Junction), who receive the equivalent of 10 per cent of his prize money earnings as a spin off from GRV’s community series, the TAB Great Chase.
“He’s not brilliant out of a box which is his biggest downfall. But he just does what he does,” handler Kelly Bravo said.
HEAT 2: Proven Kodiak (Wayne Vassallo, Devon Meadows) wins in 23.769sec.
HEAT 4: Unlawful Entry (Brett Bravo, Lovely Banks) wins in 23.680sec (Best).