The Greg and Skye Bond trained Russley Rascal will be looking to keep his unbeaten record this preparation when he lines up from barrier one in Friday night’s feature event, the Samuel Smith & Sons JP Stratton Cup at Gloucester Park.
Russley Rascal has been brilliant in his two runs this time in, including a dazzling turn of speed to round up a strong field last Friday night
“Didn’t live up to expectation in his first campaign” Co-trainer Greg Bond told Racing Radio’s Big Breakfast team earlier this week
“But Skye (Bond, Russley Rascal’s co-trainer) has done a lot of work with him and he has turned the corner this time in.
“He showed a great turn of speed in the win last Friday night, something he hasn’t done for us before”
Russley Rascal was one of the better credentialed older kiwis to arrive in Perth, although he won races, the son of Mach Three never quite lived up to his reputation in the first assault of racing for ‘Team Bond’. This time in however, Russley Rascal has looked a genuine Cups contender and can make a statement with a win in top company on Friday night.
Russley Rascal will take on a small, but select field including the rejuvenated Mysta Magical Mach, fresh from a win in a similar race last week, the consistent Lombo Navigator and the promising Please Release Me.
Greg and Skye Bond will line up another strong team at Gloucester Park on Friday night, including Kamwood Laughter in race one of the night, the Yalumba Fillies and Mares Pace. Kamwood Laughter is first-up from a spell and will be aimed at WA’s first ever mares only Group One, the Nepean Conveyors Mare Classic on 30th November.