Bell Can’t Lose In Belmont Sprint


Whatever the outcome in the Tabtouch Broome Sprint (1300m) on Tuesday, Bob Bell feels he can’t lose.

The Albany-based trainer will be going all out for victory, but says regardless of the result Perazzi is already a winner in his mind.

“I bought him from Melbourne and when he came across I thought they got me,” Bell said.

“He had a lot of issues and I thought I would have to retire him before he even started.

“We’ve really had to manage him, but he has come good and exceeded my expectations.

“He is such a genuine horse and basically since December he hasn’t had a saddle on him.

“Most of his work is wading at the beach to keep him off his legs.”

After being picked up for $10,000, Perazzi has returned Bell more than $50,000 in prize money.

Under Bell’s guidance the Testa Rossa eight-year-old has raced nine times for four wins, culminating with victory in the Settlers Sprint (1200m) at Roebourne last month.

Bell is hopeful Perazzi is in good enough form to make it a winning hat trick in the $50,000 Tabtouch Broome Sprint, but admits the barrier draw is a body blow.

In a field of 11 starters in the Broome Sprint, Perazzi, to be ridden by Peta Edwards, will have to overcome gate 10.

“I feel a little bit deflated and he will have to rely on a lot of luck to win it now,” Bell said.

“He is not a sit and sprint horse and I hope he can get a run out wide with cover.

“He will have to come from a long way as there is no point burning him early.

“He will run a genuine race and is not out of it, but needs things to go his way.”

Aside from the barrier draw Bell also holds big fears over chief rival Roger The Roman, despite the gelding carrying top weight of 63kg for jockey Peter Hall.

The Rob Gulberti-trained seven-year-old took Broome racing by storm this time last year, winning five straight races including the Broome Sprint.

Roger The Roman is on the quick back-up after running fifth to Captain Punch in last week’s Palmerston Sprint (1200m) in Darwin.

“I’m hoping the long trip will have knocked him around a bit,” Bell said.

“But he looks very hard to beat and despite 63kg I think he is well weighted.

“He won this race with 61kg a year ago and was second in a Hannans.”

Julio Santarelli