Stratocaster jets towards Concorde

A walk in the park for Stratocaster (Opie Bosson) as he produces a fine dress rehearsal for the Concorde when scoring at Ellerslie today.

Stratocaster is back on the black-print path after a soft win at Ellerslie today.

The Cambridge seven-year-old appreciated the drop back from the Gr.1 Sistema Railway (1200m), in which he finished eighth on New Year’s Day at Ellerslie, and he was simply a class above the opposition in today’s $40,000 Swiss Deli 1200.

Facing just four opponents in the open sprint, Stratocaster was soon sent forward by rider Opie Bosson to track the pacemaker Memories Only and he was simply cruising approaching the home turn.

Bosson issued his challenge early in the run home and allowed Stratocaster a soft run to the line, hardly moving on the son of Mastercraftsman inside the final 100m.

At the winning post Stratocaster has a length and a half to spare over runner-up Yearn with Calligraphy fighting on for third ahead of Memories Only.

“More than likely he’ll run in the Concorde next,” co-trainer David Browne said. “We’ll just see how he pulls up but that’s the likely race.”

The Gr3 $70,000 Preferment @ Brighthill Farm Concorde Handicap (1200m) at Ellerslie on January 26, the same day as the Karaka Millions 2YO and 3YO features.

“It was perfect today,” Browne said. “They were going to go a bit slow and rather than argue with him back there Opie let him slide up and he was able to kick in the run home. It was a 10 out of 10 ride.”

Bosson was also aboard Stratocaster when he won at Ellerslie over 1100m on December 1.

Stratocaster has now won six of his 23 starts and picked up five placings.

“For a horse who had done a reasonable tendon injury he’s stayed really sound and really happy all the time,” Browne said.