EXCITING young stayer Bourbski Fever lived up to her tag as the next Sweet It Is and gave Team Dailly the first leg of a Group 1 double with a barnstorming victory in the Bold Trease at Sandown Park last Friday night.
Bourbski Fever’s meteoric rise to stardom has been a fairytale result for NSW-based owners Ross Davidson and Jason Lyne.
Davidson and Lyne purchased the October ’13 daughter of Buck Fever and Midnight Movie, the well-bred son of Brett Lee and Kiacatoo Pearl’s first mating, off breeder David Pringle for just $2000 and then bravely turned down a $75,000 offer for the promising distance talent after only a handful of starts.
“I got a phone call from Jason (Lyne) asking if I wanted to buy a dog and I said no!” Ross Davidson laughed.
“I asked him what the dog was and he said David Pringle had just trialled some of the first Buck Fevers at Bathurst and one bitch had run around 26.80 over the 450m. I cringed but Jason said she ran home really well.
“David wanted $2000 for her, which I thought was a bit much, but I said to Jason to see David this afternoon and if they still want to sell her we’ll take her. We thought she might stay and if not her mother has produced and she’s from a great line so we could roll the dice and breed a litter from her.
“With this being Buck Fever’s first litter, I’m sure David will be very excited about getting a Group 1 winner with his first season sire.”
Bourbski Fever was initially trained by Paul Roach at Lidsdale and she showed staying promise, winning twice over 618m at Richmond and then coming from last to run third to the talented More In Store at her Wentworth Park 720m debut, after which she relocated to Victoria.
“The plan was always to come to Melbourne because of the variety of staying races down here and we organised through Rob Tyler of Reason Kennels to get her into the Daillys,” Davidson explained.
“Rob had dealt with the Daillys before and he told Tom that we’ve got the next Sweet It Is here and you need to take her!
“So we packed her up and sent her down to Victoria but the next day we got a call from overseas offering $75,000 for her.
“When I told Jason how much the offer was there was silence on the other end of the phone. I said I didn’t think we should accept it because we’d already got our money back and we might never get anything with Group potential again. Jason agreed so we decided to run with it.
“When she first went down to Victoria she got smashed in a couple of 600s but then she won over 699m at Cranbourne to get things rolling. After that she won twice as a reserve over 700 at Sandown and The Meadows.
“Then she went to Sandown in a special event, which would give us an indication if she was going to handle Group level. Luna Jinx ran the hands off the clock (41.34) and we ran second and Sweet It Is finished third. I said to Jason we know she’s going to handle herself in the big time now and here we are tonight!”
After running a strong-finishing second in her Bold Trease heat, Bourbski Fever started $3.10 favourite from box three in last Friday’s $100,000 to-the-winner decider.
She settled second last but was winding up ominously approaching the home turn and unleashed a powerful finishing burst to defeat Ryno’s Raider by 1 ¼ lengths in 41.92, her seventh win from 23 starts and fourth from her last six.
“As long as they don’t touch her and she can keep her momentum going her run home times are phenomenal,” Davidson said.
“The last 100 metres is when she’s going to be unleashing and coming around the home corner tonight I thought she could do it because of her strength. But she tends to leave things to the last minute; shades of Bold Trease and Sweet It Is!
“With Sweet It Is retired now she could be the one that’s going to take up the mantle. She only turned two in October so in theory her best should be ahead of her.”
Bourbski Fever’s Bold Trease victory kick-started an unforgettable night for Team Dailly, although co-trainer George Dailly revealed she came very close to being sent back to NSW when her early performances in Victoria failed to match the hype.
“When we got Bourbski Fever they told us she was going to be a really good bitch – the next Sweet It Is – but I can tell you now that after we trialled her and raced her a couple of times she was very close to being sent home,” Dailly offered.
“We didn’t think she was going to make it but then she got into trouble in a race and we thought she probably could’ve won if she’d got through and since then she’s gone bang, bang, bang! She’s just grown a leg in the last month.”
Bourbski Fever will now return to NSW for Saturday night’s heats of the Group 3 Summer Cup at Wentworth Park.