Simon Foster was bitterly dissapointed when Our Pu Bear was a late scratching last week but he gained compensation and pulled one back when the Bunbury galloper ran his rivals ragged in he Tabtouch.com.au Handicap (1000m) at Belmont Park on Saturday.
The Bearcat six-year-old burnt to the front for apprentice Emma Stent and despite You Will Be Queen and Marchand desperately trying to bridge the gap and pouring on the pressure inside the final 200m he stuck firm and was not to be denied.
At the line Our Pu Bear held a 1 ¼ length margin over You Will Be Queen with the returning Marchand close behind in third position.
It was a gutsy and spirited win from Our Pu Bear and followed an eye-catching second to Bangkok Express at Pinjarra on August13 when he was resuming from a 15 month injury layoff.
Foster said Our Pu Bear’s performance was testament to the gelding’s courage after he was on the verge of racing’s scrapheap 15 months ago.
“The horse has always had a lot of promise but he has also had a lot of problems,” said Foster.
“It’s a real credit to the horse and to owner Dan Love after we had him retired at one stage.
“Dan kept persisting and persisting and thought we would be able to find some option.
“He fractured a knee and the best the vets could give him was a 45 per cent chance of getting him back to the track.
“To get him back to win a Saturday race is a real credit to the horse.”
Foster, who is establishing his mark in Western Australian racing since transferring from the Gold Coast three years ago, identified Our Pu Bear has an early talent.
“When I came over here he was one of the first horses I actually galloped at Bunbury,” said Foster.
“He gave me a really good feel.
“He is just a speed machine and that’s how we have to ride him.
“He doesn’t like to be held up and runs them off their feet.
“I knew when he kicked again at the 200m they were not going to run him down.”
Foster has struck a good patch of form and notched his second metropolitan win of the season after Big Caroline posted an impressive victory seven days ago.