Bostonian on track for Railway

Bostonian (Vinnie Colgan) producing an impressive lead-up to the Gr.1 Sistema Railway with his win in the Listed Haunui Farm Counties Bowl.

Smart Cambridge galloper Bostonian is heading in the right direction as he prepares for the Gr.1 $200,000 Sistema Railway (1200m) at Ellerslie on New Year’s Day.

Trainer Tony Pike gave Bostonian an exhibition gallop between races at Te Rapa on Saturday and was pleased with his hit-out.

Ridden by Vinnie Colgan, Bostonian was timed to run the final 800m of his work in 47.72 and the last 600m in 34.83.

“He’s thrived since his fresh-up run,” Pike said.

“His coat wasn’t through when he ran in the Counties Bowl, but he’s come on a lot from that and he looks really well.

“He enjoyed his day out and nice hit-out. It was perfect leading into the Railway.”

Bostonian has won seven of his 10 starts and he is unbeaten in his four appearances since finishing sixth in last year’s Gr.1 New Zealand 2000 Guineas (1600m) at Riccarton.

He picked up a hat trick of wins during a Queensland winter campaign last June, beginning with victory in the Listed Daybreak Lover (1200m) and culminating in a strong win in the Gr.3 Sunshine Coast Guineas (1600m).

After a good spell, he was a trials winner at Cambridge on November 8 then followed with an impressive fresh-up win in the Listed Counties Bowl (1100m) at Pukekohe 16 days later.

Colgan has been Bostonian’s regular rider this campaign and gave Pike a glowing report after the exhibition gallop.

“Vinnie said he was relaxed today and felt good,” Pike said .