HE’S unbeaten since arriving from New Zealand and extra smart youngster Balraj adds a touch of glamour to today’s Tabcorp Park Menangle meeting.
While he will be the shortest-priced favourite of the day, there will be many curious to see what sort of time the gelded son of Art Major can produce for gun reinsman Robert Morris.
Balraj became the fastest three-year-old in the Southern Hemisphere when he covered the mile a slashing 1:49.1 to win as he liked at the south-western Sydney track three weeks ago.
The Anthony Simiana-trained pacer was then the subject of a reported $500,000 offer which may have seen Balraj finish his racing career in the US.
Yet connections amazingly stood firm, although another slick time today might easily see the buyers up the ante in a concerted bid to get the youngster, who is expected to be spelled after today’s race and be set for a crack at next season’s Chariots Of Fire, also at Menangle.
Simiana confirmed the big offer and conceded there was still a chance Balraj could finish his career in the US.
“We did receive a big offer for him, but felt it wasn’t enough,” Simiana said. “Talks are still happening and he may yet be sold.
“If the right money comes he will head to America to race. For now we’ll just keep pressing ahead with him.”
Simiana said Balraj did not pull up as well as he would have liked after his latest stunning win, his fourth successive Australian victory.
“I was going to send him to the paddock as a result,” Simiana said.
“But he’s brightened right up during the last few days, including being so full of himself he tried to double barrel me the other morning.”
While Balraj will be the biggest attraction, all-conquering reinsman Todd McCarthy should also go on his winning way with another strong book of drives for several different trainers.
McCarthy’s first drive is in Race Three, where he will handle Canonlybeonesir for Graham Rutherford, a $15 shot in early markets.
He is then a new driver for Don Boston ($3.50 favourite) in Race Fourand sure to look for an all-the-way win.
In Race Five, McCarthy will former boom youngster Angel In White ($11), having his first race start for the Mark Callaghan stable.
Race Si sees McCarthy link with Peter Hanson’s latest stable acquisition Bita Banta ($26) and in Race Seven he’s takes the reins behind another favourite, Wardan Express ($1.80) for Kevin Pizzuto before finishing the day on Sabrage ($5.50) for Peter Russo.