Almighty Bullet brave in heavy track victory
Jun 01, 2013
Almighty Bullet emerged from his trip into unknown territory with a gutsy win in the Independent Produce Supplies Handicap (1400m) on the Morphettville Parks track.
The four-year-old had not raced on heavy ground in his previous 19 outings but found himself on a heavy (8) track for his $34,000 assignment.
Trainer John Hyam engaged Paul Gatt to ride the son of God’s Own again after the pair combined for a win at their previous union but the four-year-old had to cope with 59.5kg.
An inside draw helped Gatt give Almighty Bullet a comfortable run on the rail for the first half of the race, which aided the gelding to save energy for his sprint home in the testing conditions.
Gatt saved ground when the front-runners eased off the fence seeking better ground on the home turn, giving Almighty Bullet the chance to improve quickly to join the leader at the 250 metres.
Almighty Bullet hit the lead with 150 metres to run but the plucky front-runner Lionhearted Girl refused to wilt in the straight, leaving the gelding with a fight on his hands in the latter stages.
However, Almighty Bullet had enough in hand to score by a short half-head, despite giving the runner-up 4kg.
The brave win was Almighty Bullet’s sixth from 20 starts while the $21,300 winner’s cheque took his earnings to more than $139,000.
Congratulations to Almighty Bullet’s owners - Simon Greenslade, Steve & Kayleen Harris, Alex Hehir, Mark Hoffmann, Alistair & Patrica Mcfarlane, David Rasheed and Stephen Watts – on their success.
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