9 Jan 2020

Homebred gelding Bumper Blast (NZ) will step up to stakes level for the first time at Flemington on Saturday when he contests the Listed Manifold Stakes (1400m).

The New Zealand-bred four-year-old has recorded three wins from just five starts, including a last start win over 1400m at Flemington, and trainer Robert Hickmott said working on the beach has helped extend Bumper Blast’s long preparation.

“He has been terrific, we have given him plenty of beach work. He has been in the stable just on 11 months now, so he has had a long prep, but looking at him physically he is probably the strongest he has been.

“He has got a marvellous constitution and the beach work has really picked him up.”
Saturday’s race will be Bumper Blast’s sixth start this preparation and Hickmott said he will see how he pulls up after Saturday before deciding whether he gives him one more run.

“If the horse shows us he is ready to go again we could go for another one. It is great money this time of year and if they are still saluting and earning a quid for their owners it’s a great position to be in.

“You don’t want to go to the well too many times, but he has shown no signs of training off.”

Bumper Blast was bred by Brendan and Jo Lindsay and is out of Bucklebury, who produced a So you Think filly in 2019.

Bumper Blast was purchased by David Price, under his Price Bloodstock banner, for $48,000 out of Hallmark Stud’s 2017 New Zealand Bloodstock Select Yearling Sale draft.