Bolord scoops maiden pot at Donald

Sep 15, 2014

In just his third career start, Bolord broke his maiden status with a solid win at Donald.

Jumping from the outside barrier, Reece Wheeler drove Bolord up onto the pace before the 3-year-old gelding settled just outside the leader.

Upon entering the straight, Wheeler quickened the tempo to take the lead but remained patient.

With pressure coming on his inside and a swooper flying down the outside, Wheeler eventually pulled for the persuader and Bolord gave a kick, refusing to give up the lead.

Battling gamely, Bolord held his half-length lead over the final 50m to score by a neck from race favourite Restart My Heart.

It was a well deserved win for the gelding which was desperately unlucky in his debut at Geelong where he was beaten only by the outside gate when edged second by a nose.

Today’s victory carried a Super Vobis bonus for the God’s Own gelding which made victory even sweeter for connections.

The four hour trip to Donald was no concern for Mornington-based trainer Tony Noonan who had been seeking dry ground.

“I’m really pleased with the result. The owners have been patient and their patience really paid off today,” Noonan said.

“The horse has been difficult at times and he’s still maturing. Considering that was only his third start, he has improved immensely over the past two months.

“He has a promising future and is going to be a lot of fun to race.”

Bolord’s eye-catching yellow poker chip silks are those of owner-breeder Michael Pedley who races Bolord with his poker buddies.

Congratulations to Michael Pedley, Bruno Portaro, Jai Kemp, David Allen, Liam O’Rourke, Jono Karamalikis and Dan Neilson.