Laird Galloper Burns Them

TAB Gr2 SA Nursery

Another Champions Day feature and another beaten red hot favourite! That was the trend at Turffontein on Saturday as, much like his stablemate in the earlier fairer sex feature, the talented Pistol Pete had to settle for third as Alec Laird’s Fire Attack stormed home to beat debut winner Mount Pinatubo in the R500 000 TAB Gr2 SA Nursery.

Under a great ride by Diego De Gouveia, Fire Attack shows class and ability (Pic – Candiese Lenferna)

Veteran trainer Alec Laird, remarkably celebrating a first Nursery victory, labelled the winner a ‘smart little horse’ after the Ndoro Stud bred colt appreciated the extra, and turned the tables on his Listed Storm Bird Stakes conqueror Pistol Pete.

Under a great ride by Diego De Gouveia, Fire Attack (33-1) showed class and ability as he tracked the stampede led by Chocolate Soldier, and then made up ground gradually before charging clear to beat Mount Pinatubo (17-2) by 2,25 lengths in a time of 68,55 secs.

The 1-4 favourite Pistol Pete had every chance, but went flat late and was beaten a further quarter length back in third, in what was another Bipot blow.

A R450 000 National Yearling Sale purchase, the winner has now won 2 of his 5 starts with 2 places for stakes of R437 500.

Fire Attack, is out of the Mambo In Seattle mare Bonnie Beers and is a son of War Front stallion Fire Away. War Front boasts more than 100 stakes winners, including successful sires Declaration Of War and Lancaster Bomber.

Fire Attack’s season target, according to his trainer, is the Gr2 Durban Golden Horseshoe on Hollywoodbets Durban July day.

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