New Addition Can Provide Bonser More Spark at Bulli

Well-bred sprinter More Spark will be given the chance to pay his way and then some in Saturday’s Ladbroke Super Series Final (400m) at Bulli.

Mitch Cohen

4 June 2020

Well-bred sprinter More Spark will be given the chance to pay his way and then some in Saturday’s Ladbroke Super Series Final (400m) at Bulli.

More Spark is only a new addition to trainer Michael Bonser’s kennels after he was previously conditioned by Nowra’s Garry Edwards.

He came into Bonser’s care when he was recently put up for sale.

Connections forked out $5000 for the talented chaser, most of which he has already paid off in two starts for his new kennel.

The son of Where’s Pedro and Twist Me Over made the perfect start to life in a new yard when he was too good at Richmond over 400m at his first start for Bonser.

He then chased home the impressive Must Do in last week’s heats of Saturday night’s $7500-to-the-winner final, booking his passage into the lucrative Ladbrokes sponsored final.

“We were pretty impressed with his heat run given it was his first look at the track,” Bonser said.

“He handled Goulburn well before we trained him so we were expecting he wouldn’t have any issues with Bulli first up.

“We’ve only had him for the two starts. He was advertised for sale and we decided to spend the money – he has already paid for himself.

“He’s bred by the same people who owned Double Twist and is related to her. It’s a terrific producing family.”

More Spark will jump from box two on the weekend and has saluted in one of two starts from the draw.

“We would have been happy with one, two or three,” Bonser said.

“If we didn’t draw inside then we would have wanted to draw right out wide so he could stay out of trouble. He has enough speed to offset the draw.”

More Spark clocked 22.44 at his first look of the Bulli track, with Must Do scoring by 1-1/2 lengths after drawing the pole.

Must Do, trained by Christine Oldfield, has drawn favourably in box one again but Bonser expects he won’t be the only challenger to More Spark.

“I think Black Twister and Do You Dig are the dangers coming from the middle of the field but the one (Must Do) jumped last week for the first time in ages so he will be tough to beat if he does that again,” he said.

Do You Dig (box four) and Black Twister (box five) were both winners of their respective heats to book their spots in the decider.

Do You Dig stopped the clock at 22.53 while Black Twister was the second quickest heat winner with a quick 22.36 run.

Saturday’s final jumps at 9.14pm.

The Ladbrokes Maiden Series Final (340m) will play a supporting role on the night with $3,000 on offer to winning connections.

The fastest qualifier was hugely exciting debutant Flying Ricciardo, the son of Barcia Bale recording 18.91 for the 340 metres, the fastest time registered for the newly introduced distance.

He has drawn box eight for Kristy Sultana.