Dark Bishop on trial for Aussie

Cambridge trainer Bernard Dyke is hoping to see Dark Bishop take another step towards Australian goals when he tackles the $40,000 Swiss Deli Cornwall Handicap at Ellerslie on Saturday.

“I want to get him to Aussie next season,” said Dyke. “He’s potentially a good horse and he should go well over there. He won’t be going for the top races, more the country cups.”

Though only a two-race winner, Dark Bishop proved he is up to open company when finishing on late for second behind Indikator in the Gr.3 Campbell Infrastructure Rotorua Cup last start.

It was a late gamble by Dyke to run Dark Bishop in the Rotorua feature, for which he was a late entry. His placing has resulted in a 17 point jump in the ratings, convincing Dyke further he needs to cross the Tasman.

“He’s up that high in the ratings now that it’s not much use sticking around here with him. He’s better off chasing the bigger money in Aussie.”

Dark Bishop’s owners, Doug and Paul Gollan, have every reason to back Dyke’s judgement and will be looking forward to the horse’s Australian campaign.

Thirteen years ago Dyke took the Gollan-owned Petajac to Melbourne and the horse won at Moonee Valley and Mornington before bleeding when finishing sixth behind Brew in the JRA Trophy. A month later Brew won the Melbourne Cup.

Dyke’s biggest moment in racing also came with a Gollan family owned horse, Star Harvest when winning the 1991 Auckland Cup in the hands of Jim Collett.