SOUND BAR clinched a berth in next month’s $100,000 Devonport Cup when he outgunned a top field to win the James Boags Golden Mile over 1650 metres on the Luxbet all-weather in Devonport today.
The Adam Trinder-trained gelding went into the race with good form but probably needed to win to guarantee his place in the Devonport Cup.
The Golden Mile winner earned ballot-free entry into the North-West Coast club s premier race on January 11.
Sound Bar was ridden by Victorian based apprentice Boris Thornton who celebrated his return from injury the best way possible by partnering the gelding to his first feature race win.
Thornton was sidelined for six months with a knee injury that required major surgery but as soon as he gained the all-clear from his doctors he was on a plane to Tasmania to reboot his career.
The teenager spent over a year of his apprenticeship with Trinder at Spreyton and he had a good association with Sound Bar at the start of the gelding’s career.
“When this horse first started out I predicted he would win a big race but his form waned at one stage and while he didn’t lose the plot things just weren’t panning out as we had hoped,” Trinder said.
“I eventually trained him as a sprinter and he won his share of races but as he matured he started to show a liking for more ground.
“He’s had three runs over the 1650m trip for two wins so he deserves a chance at winning a good race and he will get that chance in the Devonport Cup.
“I don’t have any doubts about him getting a strong 1880 metres in the Devonport Cup as he will have one more start in the Sheffield Cup (1650m) on Boxing Day and that should have him at his top for the big race about two weeks later (January 11).
Thornton was thrilled with the win and is hoping to be reacquainted with the gelding for the remainder of his campaign.
“When I asked my horse to give he was strong and he really toughed it out to the line.”
The runner-up Kanji was having his first start in the state and delivered a good enough performance to suggest he could be competitive if he can find a berth in the Devonport Cup while Gee Gees Top Notch settled fourth and ran on well to grab third.