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Saunter Boy on the way to a winning hurdle debut at Casterton (Image: Racing Photos)
Head-turning stayer Saunter Boy can emerge as one of the country’s most exciting hurdlers this season, according to trainer David Eustace.
Speaking after the son of Myboycharie won a hurdle trial at Cranbourne on Friday, Eustace said the gelding had impressed the stable in the early part of his 2021 campaign.
Saunter Boy, who returned to the track with a cheeky placing at $41 first-up over 2400m at Bendigo last month, won his hurdling debut at Casterton in August last year before finishing second to Instigator in the season-ending J.J. Houlahan Hurdle (3200m) at Ballarat.
Eustace said the coveted Galleywood Hurdle on the second day of Warrnambool’s May Racing Carnival was the eight-year-old’s major aim in the early part of the season.
“He trialed really nicely,” Eustace said.
“He was given a nice, solid hit-out by Steve (Pateman), they rolled along in front and he’s the sort of horse that likes to do that.
“He jumped really well on the whole, he missed one but other than that he hurdled great.
“He possibly goes to a hurdle at Pakenham next weekend or has a run on the flat, we’ll work that out in the next few days, but the Galleywood is his race at Warrnambool.
“We’re really looking forward to that, he looks like he’s made really good progression into this preparation.”
Eustace was less bullish about the Warrnambool Carnival prospects of Bit Of A Lad, who has had a slower build-up to his 2021 campaign.
The seven-year-old was given a quiet trial under Pateman on Friday and finished well behind Wolfe Tone and Riding High.