Bold Senator burst between runners to notch the first city win of the season for Purrealist at Morphettville on Saturday.
The Sam Burford trained sprinter scored a half-length victory in the Farmers Union Iced Coffee Hcp (1100m) from Wise Journey (Good Journey) and Trueno (Written Tycoon).
Bold Senator (4g Purrealist – Bella Grande by Marauding) was initially with Tony McEvoy before transferring to Burford’s stables at Monarto South. He won a Balaklava maiden last December and broke through in town at his third run back after a 30 week spell.
“He was a handful when we got him this time last year – definitely not a kid’s horse – but his manners have really improved with maturity,” Burford said. “We’ve given him time because he’s got plenty of potential.”
Purrealist is based at Chatswood Stud after beginning his career at Makybe. He transferred to the Seymour nursery in 2012 after Tony Santic scaled back his stallion roster to concentrate solely on broodmares.
He is the sire of G1 Queensland Derby winner Hawkspur and the stakes winners Storm Approach (LR SAJC Hill Smith Stakes) and Melrose Place (LR VRC Heritage Stakes).
Burford is confident Bold Senator can keep rising through the ranks. “He pulled up well after Saturday and he’s got lots of upside. We will nominated him again in another two or three weeks.”
Bold Senator is a homebred for a syndicate that includes Keith & Heather Archer and John McEntee. They raced his dam Bella Grande to three wins and her two year-old colt by Purrealist has just joined Burford’s team from the breakers.