On The Bubbles provided a further boost to the pedigree of Lot 433 at New Zealand Bloodstock’s Karaka Book 1 Sale in March when winning the Listed Shaw’s Wire Ropes Uncle Remus States (1400m) on Boxing Day.
One of last season’s elite two-year-olds, On The Bubbles inflicted the first defeat on fellow three-year-old and race favourite Pareanui Bay, when he held out a strong challenge from the Tony Pike-trained runner in the Uncle Remus Stakes.
Second-up after a lengthy break following his Gr.1 Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) victory to round out a stunning debut season that also saw him capture the Karaka Million 2YO (1200m), On The Bubbles showed he will be a force to be reckoned with over the summer with a commanding performance.
Settled on the back of the early speed, Bosson attacked on the home corner as he shot his mount to the front shortly after straightening and then cuddled him up as he waited for the inevitable challenge from Pareanui Bay.
Bosson asked for the supreme effort at the 200m as the pair set down to fight out the finish with On The Bubbles holding a half-length margin at the line, as Marchand dashed into third.
It was a tough effort as the set weights and penalties conditions doesn’t really suit him,” Richards said.
“He had to carry the weight (60.5kgs) and much like the filly (Belle En Rouge) in the previous, he was aided by a top ride by Opie.
“He put him in a good position and he toughed it out all the way up the straight.
“He is tough and genuine and gives 100 percent, so it was a really good effort.”
Richards will now aim On The Bubbles for the Karaka Million 3YO Classic (1600m) at Ellerslie on January 22 where TAB bookmakers have him as the dominant $2.80 favourite.
“He had the improvement under his belt from last time and I was quietly confident,” Bosson said.
“I heard them coming and so did he, so he put his head out and dug in some more.
“It just shows how good he is.”
On The Bubbles is the first foal out of the Sebring mare More Bubbles, a half-sister to Group One Myer Classic winner Politeness. Her second foal a colt by Darley’s popular young sire Impending will be presented for sale at Karaka by Curraghmore.
This is also the family of Group winners Thackeray, Fairytales and Parables. - NZ Racing Desk
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