Man Booker‘s fairytale comeback was complete following the four-year-old’s devastating win in yesterday’s listed $120,000 APH Contractors-Bunbury Stakes (Race 8-1400m) at Bunbury.
The 2015 WA Guineas winner suffered a hairline fracture to a hind leg during the autumn of 2016 and did not race for over nine months, however, the Dan Morton-trained son of Discorsi has now scored three dominant victories in succession since making his awaited return.
Man Booker, who was sent out a $2.90 favourite, enjoyed the run of the race in the one-out-one-back position, and despite the slow pace set by surprise leader Coming Back ($4.20) was able to rattle off a brilliant closing 600-metre sectional time (33.51 seconds) to out-sprint his rivals and score by an increasing 1-1/2 lengths.
The former $25,000 yearling was again flawlessly ridden by Jerry Noske, who has been aboard the gelding at 12 of his 13 starts and each of his three appearances this campaign.
Man Booker, who cruised to a 2-1/2 length triumph in the $120,000 Chaff City-Pinjarra Classic last start, has comfortably accounted for top quality sprinter-miler Great Shot at each of his past two wins, confirming Morton’s long-held belief that his four-year-old is ‘the real deal’.
Morton, who knows a thing or two about top-shelf thoroughbreds having put the polish on the likes of international winning sprinter Scenic Black triple Group 1 winner Scenic Shot, has no doubt Man Booker has the class to compete in races such as the $1 million Railway Stakes and Kingston Town Classic later this year.