Bosson impressed by Show The World

Opie Bosson has ridden one Group One-winning three-year-old for Cambridge trainers Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman already this season and he believes he’s found another budding superstar.

The premiership-winning jockey won the Gr. 1 Sothys NZ 2000 Guineas at Riccarton last month on Atlante and he was the successful rider aboard stablemate Show The World, who quit maiden ranks in his second start, in the Te Aroha Veterinary Services 1600 at Te Aroha today.

Show The World had been placed in the last of four trials before he finished third on debut behind the promising Lady Cumquat over 1600 metres at Tauranga on November 16 with Jonathan Riddell in the saddle. Form from that race looked stronger when Cursive, the fourth placegetter, went on to win the first event today.

Bosson climbed aboard for the first time today and he was grinning from ear to ear after guiding the three-year-old to an impressive length and a quarter win. Show The World was among the tailenders turning for home and unleashed a paralysing finish to surge past his rivals and win with ease, beating the promising Peerage by a length and a quarter.

“He’s a Derby horse for sure,” said Bosson after the race. “He’s got a nice action and when I wanted him to relax he did it straight away. He’s exciting for sure. And the further he goes, the better he’ll be. I want to stick with him.”

Show The World is bred to be a top stayer, being by High Chaparral from Bazelle. High Chaparral is also the sire of the stable’s best performer, Dundeel, whose wins include last season’s Gr. 1 ATC Derby in Sydney.

Bazelle was trained by Paul Jenkins and included among her wins the Gr. 1 Auckland Cup and the Gr. 1 Zabeel Classic.

Bazelle was raced by her breeder, Lorna Moore, who also bred Show The World and is part-owner of the exciting galloper with her husband, Gary.

Moore, who lives in Matamata, was on hand for the impressive win and was toasting her latest budding star with Forsman in the winner’s enclosure afterward.

“We’ve always thought he was a special sort of horse and definitely a Derby type,” said Forsman.

“We did the wrong thing with him first-up when going forward and using his draw, but today he was drawn out and we decided to let him drop back and settle. That’s what he needed and it worked out well.”

The Gr. 1 NZ Derby at Ellerslie in March looks a logical long-term goal for Show The World but he could be given the chance to live up to his name on the other side of the Tasman with the A$2 million Australian Derby (2400m) at Randwick on April 12 a possible target.

The next step for Show The World is likely to be the Listed $50,000 Jester Pies Championship Stakes Prelude (2100m) at Ellerslie on Sunday week.