Hop On Hop Off At Bunbury

15
Jan

Co trainer Clint Price considers fitness and reduced weight to be the key to Hop On Hop Off’s winning chances at Bunbury on Thursday. Price says he expects his mare to have improved after a first up third to Distant Memory at Bunbury when she carried a career high 59kg. Hop On Hop Off, who tackles the Dennis McAtee Handicap (1100m), will have strong claims if she can reproduce positive signs from last season. Stepping out for her maiden campaign she posted a winning hat trick at Narrogin, Northam and Belmont from her five appearances. Likely to attract solid support from punters, Hop On Hop Off carries 54kg with the claim of Kate Witten and jumps wide from barrier nine. “She needed the blowout and carried the most weight she has ever carried,” said Price on TABradio. “That could have been a telling factor. “She did well with not much weight last preparation and that could be the difference. “She has got a couple of lengths of improvement left in her. “With weight off her back she should go close.” Maskaev, High Fidelity, Aldenate Girl, Angel Sky and former Victorian Pop Hero can provide the stiffest opposition to Hop On Hop Off. Pop Hero races under the Peter and Matt Giadresco banner for the first time and could be one to watch on his trial win. The four-year-old has a record of three wins from eight attempts and was a last start victor over 1250m at Morphettville Park in August. Meanwhile Price says Tudor Bolt has earned a shot at city racing when he returns from a well-earned spell. The bay gelding is paddock bound after a respectable two wins and a second from his three start Bunbury campaign. The four-year-old scored wins over Dance Mindy Dance and Madassa who won impressively at Ascot on Saturday. “He will have a let up and most likely come straight to town when we bring him back next time,” said Price. “He has shown us quite a bit and is coming along nicely and with another preparation he will improve.”