BOOLAROO won his fourth race at Tamworth on Monday when he burst home along the rail to win the Luke Morgan Uses Hygain Micrspeed Benchmark 58 Handicap (1600m).
The Sue Grills-trained gelding, a son of Dubleo, has won six races all up in a 41-start career, with four of them coming at his home track and six of his 15 placings at home as well.
Grant Buckley powered the seven-year-old perfectly, waiting patiently in behind the pace for runner-up, Dreamnomore, to roll off the fence rounding the turn and scoot through.
Boolaroo beat Dreamnomore by three quarters of a length with Sally Torrens’ Supreme Goddess also finishing along the rail for third three quarters of a length away.
“That was a good win,” Grills said.
“He loves it here.”
She was surprised that Boolaroo handled the firm track so well believing he is better in softer ground.
However she also thought his weight, 59kg, made him a “special”.
“Grant rode him so well too,” she said.
Buckley made it a winning treble for the day after snaring the first two winners on Depth That Varies and Litt Up.
“He does like it a bit wetter,” Buckley said.
“The speed was good and he’s the sort of horse you don’t want to too early on. He does love it here, finds another leg.”
Grills was delighted with the win and hopes he can repeat that effort later this month at Tamworth when there is a benchmark 66 over the 1600m for him.
“All we need is a bit of rain too,” she said.
Boolaroo’s win enabled Grills to claim the outright lead in the Hunter and North West Racing Association’s trainer’s premiership.
She now has nine wins for the season, one ahead of Armidale’s Stirling Osland.
Buckley’s treble allowed him to move into equal fourth with Andrew Gibbons and Chad lever on six wins. Greg Ryan leads the way with 15 from Josh Oliver (12) and Ben Looker (7).