MAJOR BUBBLES EARNS LENGTHY SPELL
The promising career of Major Bubbles is on hold until next year.
Trainer Cran Dalgety has sent the Art Major gelding for a well-earned long spell after notching his ninth win from 10 starts in the $22,005 Alabar Super Series Open Pace at Addington on Friday, August 8.
Major Bubbles, who turned four at the start of the month, exceeded expectations on his first race campaign, banking $57,958.
His career began with a head debut maiden win at Timaru on March 21 in a leisurely 3:28.1 over 2600m, and ended by holding the capable Someardensomewhere in the Super Series race, his main winter mission and biggest win to date.
Driver Dexter Dunn let Major Bubbles roll forward from the nine gate to be parked early, then sent him clear with 1400m to run.
Joined by Someardensomewhere beginning the final lap, Dexter didn’t ask Major Bubbles to really stride until the closing 400m, which he completed in a slick 26.6s.
This proved insurmountable for his challengers. Someardensomewhere fought gamely but couldn’t run down the Kentuckiana Lodge flyer, with Provocative Prince finishing on stoutly late for third.
Major Bubbles, who rated 1:59.5 for the full 1950m, quickened over his last 800m in 57s.
He again showed his tenacity on Friday, and with expected further development after a let-up, he could be a serious late bloomer for some 4YO feature racing next autumn.
“He’s been a real quiet achiever. He took a while to get organised but he really digs in in his races,” Cran said.
Major Bubbles proved a worthy racing replacement for his year older half-sister Mac Bubbles (seven wins, 1:57.1), who was sold to race in China about the same time “Major” lauched his race career.
Major Bubbles, Mac Bubbles and Frizzante (1:58.7, one win), bred and co-raced by the Grainger (John and Jenny) and Rankin (David and Kathy) Bloodstock groups, are the first three to race from their good racemare Miss Bubbles (Holmes Hanover-Nemesis Choice, by OK Bye-Ingrid Bromac).
Miss Bubbles was a good winner herself, taking a 1:56.7 mark. She won nine, including a North Island Breeder Stakes and a NSW Raith Memorial, and was 13 times placed from 53 starts, for $173,384 in stakes.
Her most notable placings were a seconds in the Great Northern Oaks and NZ Sires Stakes 3YO Fillies Final, while she was also third in an Auckland Group One Queens Of Hearts Mares Pace.
Grand-dam Nemesis Choice (p3, 1:59, 1700m), won five including a Hydroflow Fillies Series Heat, and ran second in a Southland Oaks Final.
Nero’s Choice (three wins including a Timaru Nursery Stakes), a half-sister to Nemesis Choice, has also bred on, becoming the grand-dam of the smart winners Normie (10 Australasian wins including a Vict. MHRC Cup, 1:54, US), Amakudari (eight wins, 1:59.8, 1950m) and Zatta (1:52.2, US, three NZ wins, 27 USA wins).