Spring Barty To Ace Racetrack Return

SCOTT Board will leave a weight of expectation at the door when his hugely exciting sprinter Spring Barty returns to racing at Dubbo this Friday night.

Adam Dobbin

3 June 2020

TRAINER Scott Board will leave a weight of expectation at the door when his hugely exciting sprinter Spring Barty returns to racing at Dubbo this Friday night.

Creating a huge impression in January when landing her maiden at Bathurst in a sublime 29.48 over the 520 metres, the daughter of Barcia Bale has been sidelined with injury following a slick Temora victory in early March.

“She hurt a tendon in her achilles when she won at Temora so I had to scratch her from the final there,” Board explained.

“She went 26.26 in the race but she trialled there in 25.90 and I thought she had a good chance of breaking the record in either the heat or the final.

“She’s the fastest dog we’ve had; she’s got it in every section. Has right from the start.”

The 27-month old prospect has drawn box one in the fourth event at Dubbo this Friday night, the race carrying city winning prize money of $5,000 on what’s a big night of racing in the central west.

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“I’ve probably rushed her a bit to get her to Friday,” Board explained.

“She’s had the two looks at Dubbo and I’ve been really happy with how she’s gone. Her last trial was very good. I trialled her up our straight on Sunday and she went within a tenth of her own record which is electrically timed. To give you an idea, she’s run the ten quickest times up there.”

Set to be rock bottom odds for Friday’s assignment, the fashionably bred daughter of Barcia Bale and Spring Leaf has drawn the prized rails alley, with her four previous appearances coming from boxes six, seven and eight.

“She did get up the track a bit out of the boxes in her two trials so that is a bit of a worry,” Board explained.

“She railed like a bird from the first turn but it will be interesting to see what she does early Friday. I’m probably pushing her a bit but I’m happy with where she’s at.”

Tipping the scales at 31 kilos, Spring Barty’s early exploits have been of little surprise to Board, the Spring Hill conditioner now just hopeful of an injury interrupted run with the promising conveyance.

“It’s been stop start with injury right the way through really,” Board said.

“We’ve had a lot of top dogs over the years like Spring Gun and and Spring Secret but we haven’t had faster than this bitch. She’s got it at both ends and with the injuries she’s had I haven’t been able to get her race fit yet either.

“She’s just so big and powerful. Early on when I was breaking her in at Bathurst race dogs were trialing 26.20 and she was already running 25.60. Even when she won her maiden in 29.48 at Bathurst dogs there for the cup were running 29.70.

“The plan now is to get a good block of racing into her and hopefully that race fitness helps lessen the injuries as well.”