Trainer Brett Cavanough has targeted the Golden Rose Stakes as Bossdon City’s comeback run this spring.
The rising three-year-old won his first start at Rosehill in January ahead of $1.85 million yearling Godspeed.
”Look, when he beat Godspeed, that was the best I had him,” Cavanough said.
”He was set for the race and won as we expected.
“It qualified him for the Blue Diamond and Golden Slipper, and if I was smart I should have backed off and (then) had a crack at them.
“But he is racehorse not a poodle, so we raced him.”
Cavanough, who trains in Albury in country New South Wales, took Bossdon City to the Blue Diamond Preview where he finished six lengths behind Sepoy in fifth.
”When I saw Sepoy I knew I had seen the best two-year-old of the year,” Cavanough said.
”We pushed on after that run but he was over the top when he came back to Sydney (in the Silver Slipper).
“The idea of coming back now is to dodge some of the smart ones and get back winning.”
Bossdon City has now failed to place in his last four starts and is hopeful that he can turn things around in the $1 million Golden Rose on September 10.
”When you have a good horse you have to travel,” he said.
“This fellow is a good horse, so he has seen plenty of the back of the truck.
”Whether he gets to the Golden Rose remains to be seen, but we are going to give him the chance to get there.
“I think he is back to where I had him before that first start, and the BOBS on this race make it very attractive because you’re racing for $62,000 to the winner.”
BOBS is the New South Wales bonus scheme that grants extra prize money to horses that have been sired by New South Waled-based stallions and are sold as “BOBS eligible”.
Cavanough believes the BOBS bonus has resurrected country racing.
”If you are going to buy a horse in NSW, the first thing you do is make sure it is a BOBS horse because it makes such a big difference,” he said.
”You get a bonus on every race in the state, and without it, country racing would be dead.
“We race for about $3000 to the winner at secondary country meetings, but add a $5000 BOBS bonus and a win pays for a preparation.
“You get a nice horse like Bossdon City and you get the chance to come to Sydney and pick up the big bonuses – it’s great.”
Bossdon City will begin his preparation for the Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes by competing in the Run To The Rose at Rosehill Gardens in two weeks’ time.