Bomber Bel and Let’s Go Lakers are set to renew their hostilities when they clash in the Coolgardie Day 2015 Handicap (1100m) on Sunday.
The Goldfields combatants have met on two previous occasions this campaign with the score line tied at one win apiece.
Let’s Go Lakers scored the first blow earlier in May when he just had enough in hand to shake off Bomber Bel by a short neck.
Bomber Bel struck back one month later to earn his first win of the season after three consecutive second placings.
The Bel Esprit entire surged to the front with a strong finishing burst to outgun Let’s Go Lakers by a long-head.
Bomber Bay will jump from barrier two on the weekend with his chief rival drawing the widest barrier in the field of ten.
Trainer Ross Craig believes Bomber Bel’s starting position could prove pivotal.
“He generally jumps well and from an inside draw he can settle handy and be in a prominent position,” said Craig.
“Let’s Go Lakers will have to drive hard from out wide if he wants to go forward while my horse will have a good run.
“If Bomber Bel has a half-length or length break when turning for home he could prove difficult to run down.
“He is an honest horse, just shy of being in the top bracket of sprinters, but he always tries and is starting to hit his straps.
“With one win and three second placings this time in you have to consider him a big chance in the race.
“He has trained on, is working well and at this point in his preparation he is exactly where I want him to be.”
Craig rates Riddle, one of three starters in the race for leading trainer, Peter Fernie, as the biggest threat to Bomber Bel.
Riddle is on the quick back up after returning off a short break to run a top second to inform mare, Kyleena, last week.
The Exceed and Excel gelding should strip fitter and continue his best run of form since crossing from Sydney two years ago.
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