Peters Investments five-year-old Dark Alert is widely considered the only horse capable of upsetting hot favourite Material Man in tomorrow’s listed $120,000 XXXX Gold-Bunbury Cup (Race 8-2200m) at Bunbury.
The Geoff Durrant and Jason Miller-trained stayer is the current $4.80 second favourite behind Material Man ($2.30) on the TABtouch Fixed Odds market, following his eye-catching third in last Sunday week’s $100,000 Prince Of Wales Hotel Cup.
Dark Alert, who was racing for the first time since finishing fifth behind former stablemate Star Exhibit in the $500,000 Perth Cup (Group II-2400m) on December 31, as ridden by Peter Hall on that occasion but will have the services of WA’s premier jockey and the Peters Family’s main man William Pike.
‘The Wizard’, who piloted Tick Tick Bloom to victory in the 2015 Bunbury Cup, has given punters a lead by hopping off the Grant and Alana Williams-prepared Falcon Crest ($8.50) after the five-year-old fifth placing in the Prince Of Wales Hotel Cup.
Last year’s runner-up Tonto is currently third favourite at $6.50, with fellow South West local and surprise Prince Of Wales Hotel Cup second placegetter My Magic Miss currently rated an $11 chance on the fifth line of betting.