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    EMOTIONS were running high following Bulletproof Boy’s success in Gawler today. Stepping up in grade, the rising star upstaged his more experienced rivals to... Emotions run high after Cup win

    EMOTIONS were running high following Bulletproof Boy’s success in Gawler today.

    Stepping up in grade, the rising star upstaged his more experienced rivals to capture the club’s Pacing Cup for trainer Scott Ewen.

    Naturally excited by the four-year-old’s effort, Ewen admitted the win also carried a sombre time following the death of one of Bulletproof Boy’s co-owners, Charles Okmasich.

    “Charles passed away on Thursday and it was just a shame he wasn’t here to see the Cup win,” Ewen said. “I guess he was looking down upon us and made sure we had a bit of luck after the early worry.”

    Ewen’s “early worry” was Bulletproof Boy’s hopple snapping soon after the start.

    “When the front hopple snapped I was pretty concerned but thankfully he never missed a beat,” Ewen said.

    Remaining solid in his stride, the son of Art Official was settled midfield from his front row draw as Mach Cruiser set the pace and Futurist worked overtime to find the ‘death seat’.

    Gaining a three-wide trail along the back straight, Bulletproof Boy sprinted to the lead at the top of the home stretch before cruising to a three-and-a-half metre win from Tezz Khora.

    Futurist, which came from a 20-metre handicap, was massive in defeat when four-and-a-half metres away third.

    “He is just getting better all the time,” Ewen said. “Each time I step him on to the track he surprises me.

    “Down the back I felt he had them covered and when he started sprinting he was doing two to their one.

    “It was a terrific run and I’m glad to get that win for Charles.”

    With an interstate trip on the cards, Ewen will take aim at the Kadina Cup, which is scheduled to be staged in Port Pirie on March 10.

    “The Kadina Cup in a couple of weeks is where I will head with him next,” Ewen said. “After that there is the Port Pirie Cup a fortnight later.

    “If he goes well in those, I will head over to the Mildura for the support Cup during the Carnival.

    “It has a $25,000 Final, which would make for a good M0 should he win it.”

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