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07/07/02 Bold Impulse's Class Shines Through
0706r1boldimpulse.jpg (13092 bytes)A plan by Alan and Trevor Bailey to skip the major jumping races and focus on the minor events paid dividends at Flemington yesterday when Bold Impulse scored an impressive win in the BR Smith Hurdle.

A seven-year-old gelding by Snaadee, Bold Impulse was having just his ninth start over the jumps and registered his fourth win.

After racing just off the speed Willy Harnett was able to guide the gelding home in a length win over Specular, who was attempting two metro jumping wins in less than a week.

Trevor Bailey, the son and Melbourne stable former of Alan, was impressed with Bold Impulse’s performance in the BR Smith Hurdle.

"He’s a pretty good jumper this bloke," Bailey said. "He never seems to blaze to glory but he just does what he has to. He’s a very handy jumper."

0706r1brhurdle.jpg (13275 bytes)"I was impressed with the way he handled the big weight. He would have carried 68 (kilograms) after you take into account the vest," Bailey added.

The Bailey stable nearly lost Bold Impulse after an impressive fourth on the flat at Caulfield in January.

"He got very sick and he nearly died after his fourth at Caulfield," Bailey recalled. "We have to stick him out and just give him some time off."

Despite being a significant drifter in on course markets from $2 to $3.20, Bold Impulse was able to show his jumping talents to win pulling away at the line.

Bailey said the gelding would probably next run over the sticks at Caulfield in the $45,000 Port Phillip Hurdle (3000m) on August 3.

He also indicated the gelding would likely switch to the steeples as early as next season.

0706r1brhurdle3.jpg (13638 bytes)"He’s got very little respect for the little jumps and you’d think he would be ideally suited to the steeples," Bailey predicted.

Specular, who’d scored at his jumping debut on the previous Sunday at Caulfield, battled on strongly to finish second after hitting the front at the top of the home straight. There was a length in between Bold Impulse and Specular when they crossed the line after the 2800 metre journey.

Masterful Lad, a slight drifter on track, ran fairly well to finish third a further three and a half lengths behind the runner up. He was in turn six lengths clear of each way fancies Wilson Road and the South Australian visitor Voodoo Sunset.

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