Tudor Bolt continues to show encouraging signs for co-trainers Ross and Clint Price after a tough display in the Happy New Year To All From The BTC Handicap (1100m) at Bunbury yesterday.
The I Am Invincible three-year-old took the length of the straight to gather in $2.70 favourite Madassa but under hard riding from jockey, Paul Harvey, he dug deep and got up in the last bound.
Tudor Bolt settled in nicely behind the speed and was one off the fence before Harvey peeled out on cornering to chase down Madassa who worked across from his wide gate to assume the front-running duties.
Only a head margin separated the pair with daylight to their next rival, first starter, Empress Dancer, who was a further six lengths adrift in third place.
Tudor Bolt, a $14,000 purchase at the 2013 Inglis classic yearling sale in Sydney, has won two races and been placed second in his three starts at Bunbury this preparation.
He was beaten a long-neck by Simon Miller’s Meteoroid when first-up before defeating Dance Mindy Miss from the David Harrison stable in a 1108 maiden last month.
The form lines have been franked with Meteoroid subsequently winning at Ascot and Dance Mindy Miss running second to smart gelding Red Ora at the same track last Saturday.
The only occasion Tudor Bolt has missed a cheque was on debut at Northam last year when he ran sixth of ninth to Mamaroochy.
Ross Price said there are good signs ahead for Tudor Bolt.
“He chased hard and showed intensity,” said Price.
“Paul (Harvey) came back and said he would develop into an even better horse next campaign.
“He relaxes so well in his races and although he is not winning by big margins he is getting the job done.
“He has always shown ability ever since we broke him in.”