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    Enjoying the ride – win, lose or draw! Enjoying the ride – win, lose or draw!

    BOYD WRITER - Photo Laura Lebedeff

    HE’S the rank outsider which is unlikely to run a placing, let alone win, yet that means nothing to Boyd Writer’s connections. The lightest... Enjoying the ride – win, lose or draw!

    HE’S the rank outsider which is unlikely to run a placing, let alone win, yet that means nothing to Boyd Writer’s connections.

    The lightest -raced runner in the field, Boyd Writer is engaged in tomorrow night’s Chariots Of Fire at Tabcorp Park.

    Having snuck into the $200,000 Group One as the lowest qualified entrant, Boyd Writer is a $126 shot with TAB Fixed Odds.

    Despite the lack of faith in the son Sportswriter, trainer David Hewitt stated everyone involved with the four-year-old is happy to be “enjoying the ride”.

    “I’m not going into this thinking he is a winning chance,” Hewitt said. “The fact that he is even in the field having only had nine starts is a big effort.

    “If he can run midfield and perform at his best from barrier six I will be thrilled.

    “Anything above that would be a massive bonus but for now we are enjoying the ride of having him in the Chariots Of Fire.”

    Showing potential as a two-year-old, with a debut third followed by an eye-catching win, Boyd Writer was sent for a spell after suffering a minor injury.

    Not long after being in a paddock the gelding slashed one of his hind tendons, which resulted in him being sidelined to 16 months.

    A first-up second at Menangle last December preceded four wins and a second from his five starts before the Chariots Of Fire qualifying race – Paleface Adios Stake.

    “He doesn’t have a lot of self preservation when he’s out in a paddock,” Hewitt said. “He cut the tendon in his hind leg when he was having a short break and that saw him miss the rest of his two-year-old races and his three-year-old season.

    “He did well in the qualifying race from the widest draw and has been working well since.

    “He’s always shown plenty of promise and what he has done so far has just been on raw ability.

    “I will give him a let-up after this weekend before we look at races such as the Breeders’ Challenge.

    “He is at least a year away from his best, but if he can keep going the way he is, he should be a nice type.”

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