Cambridge a big part of Bosson’s winning streak

Opie Bosson, who left only the crumbs for other riders at Tauranga today.

Opie Bosson, who left only the crumbs for other riders at Tauranga today.


Opie Bosson was the toast of Cambridge stables as he proved unbeatable in his first five rides at Tauranga today.

Four of Bosson’s five winners were for Cambridge-based trainers with the last of his winning streak being on the Stephen McKee-trained Passing Shot, who actually defeated the Cambridge-trained Illuminati, prepared by Ben Foote.

Bosson’s day began with a win in the first event, the Hooves Blues & BBQs Raceday 1300, on Saint Emilion, a three-year-old Mastercraftsman gelding prepared by Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman.

Saint Emilion was having his third start and his first race for a couple of months and the manner in which he got the better of the runner-up, Fully Funded, pleased Bosson.

“I like him,” said Bosson. “He still doesn’t know what he’s doing and there’s a lot of improvement in him.”

Bosson then guided the four-year-old mare Poetical to victory in the second event, the Gilmours Tauranga 1300, winning by two lengths and leading in a Cambridge trifecta with the Tony Pike-trained Gin Swing second ahead of the Roger James-trained Hussler Heights.

The win was a milestone for trainer Chris McNab as it was his first success as private trainer for Windsor Park Stud.

McNab took up the position six months ago and before today he had to settle for close-up placings, including Trepidation’s second in the Listed Hallmark Stud Newmarket Handicap and fourth in yesterday’s Gr. 1 Sistema Railway Stakes.

Bosson sat out the next two races and struck again in the fifth event, the On The Lawn Festival 2100, aboard Hillsborough, who gave Cambridge trainer Finbarr Leahy his first win on his own account.

A race later Bosson again joined forces successfully with the Baker – Forsman stable, winning the New World Mt. Maunganui 2100 on Zeldara, who held out a late charge from High Viz.

Trying for his sixth straight win, Bosson had to be content with second-equal in the Stewart Browne Electrical 1300, on the Matamata galloper Massale, much to the delight of Cambridge trainers Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young who prepared the decisive winner Borntoachieve.

Borntoachieve completed a double with today’s win, having also scored easily at New Plymouth on December 22.

“Today’s race was worth $8000 so he’s qualified for Hong Kong so we might not have him much longer,” said Busuttin.

While Bosson finished unplaced in the final event on Showstopper, the Cambridge centre struck again with Pink Diamond finishing well to win for trainers Jeff McVean and Emma-Lee Browne.