Bostonian's brilliance at Corbould Park
HORSE RACING: A tilt at the Sunshine Coast Guineas may be on the cards for Bostonian after he turned his fortunes around in a thrilling finish at Corbould Park on Sunday.
The New Zealand three-year-old gelding bolted from a wide barrier to cross the line first in the $125,000 Listed Kirin Daybreak Lover race at Sunshine Coast Turf Club.
The race was scheduled to be run at Doomben's Stradbroke Handicap Day but was shifted to the Coast last week to lessen the load on the track.
Bostonian achieved victory in the lucrative event after outrunning Sun Quan in a hotly contested two-way battle to the line.
Trainer Tony Pike's wife, Kirsten, said it had been exciting to see the horse come away victorious.
"It was a nice win after a bit of bad luck since arriving here in Australia,” she said.
"The trials (for Bostonian) were cancelled a couple of weeks ago and then the day before he was to race at Doomben he got bitten by a spider on the mouth and ran a high temp and we had to scratch him.”
Sunday's wet weather cast even more doubt on the galloper's luck, but Pike said drawing a wide barrier had worked in his favour on the day.
Bostonian wasn't the only winner for the Pike stable on Sunday, with Sacred Rebel crossing first in the Class 1 Handicap (1200m) and Terra Sancta winning the Benchmark 80 Handicap (1800m).
Tony Pike wasn't able to witness his gallopers success first hand, as he was forced to remain in New Zealand to get surgery on a broken wrist.