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    Boy secures Chariots ‘golden ticket’ Boy secures Chariots ‘golden ticket’

    POSTER BOY

    A BRILLIANT racing comeback will see Poster Boy return to the scene of his biggest triumph. Thanks to his success in tonight’s Bonanza at... Boy secures Chariots ‘golden ticket’

    A BRILLIANT racing comeback will see Poster Boy return to the scene of his biggest triumph.

    Thanks to his success in tonight’s Bonanza at Tabcorp Park Melton, Poster Boy has gained a ‘golden ticket’ into the famed Chariots Of Fire.

    Australasia’s premier four-year-old event, the $200,000 feature is programmed to be run in Menangle on February 16.

    Poster Boy is no stranger to Group One glory around the 1400-metre circuit having captured last season’s New South Wales Derby at the venue.

    “Having him go straight in to the Chariots is perfect,” trainer Emma Stewart said. “Instead of travelling back and forth for the heats during the next couple of weeks he can just race here.

    “It certainly makes it a lot easier knowing he is already qualified…it takes the pressure off.”

    First-up since last August, Poster Boy was pushed forward from barrier four to settle in the ‘death seat’ early as Pats Delight worked to the lead from gate two.

    Receiving the run of the race when Spankem was sent forward to test the front runner, Poster Boy was angled into the clear at the top of the home straight before grabbing the lead in the last stride to score by a head from Spankem.

    The sole starter from the back row, Duke Of Wellington finished solidly to be a metre-and-a-half away third.

    Driven by Chris Alford the son of Somebeachsomewhere took his record to 16 wins and six placings from 23 starts by rating 1:52.8 over 1720 metres.

    “What a terrific run fresh from a spell,” Stewart said. “He’d been working great and we felt he would put in a top run.

    “I may give him two starts before the Chariots which will tighten him up, but he will certainly benefit from this run.”

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