Boomsara theories tested in $250k Gateway

By: Mark Oberhardt Wednesday 11 December 20

Eagle Farm trainer Chris Munce says pundits who claim his colt Boomsara races best from wide barriers are only partly right.

Boomsara has won three feature races when drawn wide and he turned in the run of the day when third in the Group Three George Moore Stakes from barrier 13 two weeks ago.

Group One-winning jockey Damian Browne was the latest to subscribe to the wide barrier theory.

The retired jockey won the Group Three Vo Rogue Plate on Boomsara last year from barrier 12.

Browne said he believed Boomsara was suited by wide barriers because he wasn't brilliant out of the gates but then rolled to the lead.

He felt if Boomsara drew close to the fence he risked being cluttered up behind horses.

Munce said those who felt Boomsara was best suited drawn wide were probably half right.

"Look I would rather draw one than 16 in a 1200m race any day of the week," Munce said.

"In races where there is real speed being drawn wide is a disaster.

"But over the longer trip he can get into a better position from wide barriers.

"So you have to take the distance and rest of the field into account."

The various theories will get a test when Boomsara runs in the new $250,000 The Gateway (1400m) at Eagle Farm on Saturday.

He has drawn barrier one in a field of 11 runners.

At his first run back from a spell, Boomsara was third in the George Moore Stakes and has done well since.

"I suppose I am biased but I thought his effort was very good and probably the run of the day," Munce said.

"I am pleased with the way he has done after such a tough run.

"He has done his normal work and we want to keep him ticking over for his main aim this campaign which is on Magic Millions day."

Boomsara will earn automatic entry into the Group One Stradbroke Handicap at Eagle Farm in June if he wins on Saturday.