Lee looks to Casino to help Boy Scout prepare for race
BALLINA trainer Stephen Lee is desperate to get a run into promising three-year-old Boy Scout to have him ready for the $45,000 Grafton Guineas (1600m) on July 8.
Boy Scout has been accepted for the Express Examiner Casino Cup August 15 Class 1 Hcp (1200m) at the Casino Racing Club TAB meeting today.
As a precaution he is also down for Doomben tomorrow.
"I'd prefer to run at Casino but I don't want to flatten him first-up with 58.5 kilos if the track becomes too heavy," Lee said.
"I've got to get a run into him somewhere.
"He has been plagued with bad luck. He got an infected nail in his back hoof that developed into an abscess.
"That set me back two weeks, buggered up the plan I had for him.
"If I can get a run into him this week, I've still got the Guineas in mind."
Boy Scout, bought as a weanling by Sydney-based June Baker, is a horse Lee thinks has plenty of potential.
"He's still immature but learning all the time," Lee said. "He's a beautiful horse, a real nice type that takes your eye. He's well put together."
Boy Scout debuted back in early January, flashing home to be narrowly beaten over 1050m at Doomben on a heavy track.
With the sprinting edge taken off him, Boy Scout then got a mile back and was held up over the final 50m when seventh to Hotel Drive over 1100m at Grafton on January 25.
Next time out Boy Scout was highly impressive swamping his rivals late to score over 1402m in a maiden at Grafton on February 2.
He was then spelled for 141 days.
Boy Scout showed he had returned in fine fettle winning a Grafton 1020m trail on June 13.
"Ben (Looker) never let him go in the trial. He won nicely without any undue effort," Lee said. "I've had him in work for some time.
"He's had plenty of groundwork. I think he'll run 1600 metres all day.
"He's a horse that when he gets over a bit of ground he'll excel."