Ayres Predicts Big Future For Young Guns Hopeful

WHEN Robert Ayres was approached by good friends to take over the training of a then maiden called I'm Explosive he was naturally a bit skeptical.

David Brasch

16 July 2021

WHEN Robert Ayres was approached by good friends to take over the training of a then maiden called I’m Explosive he was naturally a bit skeptical.

His friends had paid “good money” for the Barcia Bale and Explosive Madame bitch which at that stage had been placed five times in 10 starts without winning.

“They told me it was because her final sections were very good that they bought her,” Ayres said.

Ayres took her to Albion Park for a maiden series and she finished second in both a heat and final but developed a green stick fracture below her elbow which put her on the sidelines for five weeks.

When she resumed in a maiden at Ipswich in the middle of June she led throughout, scoring by almost seven lengths running a brilliant 30.33.

She led at the first turn by four lengths.

“Then I took her to Albion Park for a Novice heat and final and she won those as well,” Robert added. “And she broke 30 seconds in the final.”

Such form convinced Ayres the bitch should chase the Young Guns (520m) series at Ipswich on Saturday night and she has come up with box one in the third heat.

FIELDS AND FORM IPSWICH SATURDAY NIGHT

“The vast improvement in her form has come from the fact she is getting out of a box much better this time in,” Ayres said.

“I believe she is probably better suited out of a wider draw, but she had the red when winning at Albion Park in her Novice heat and then the two in the final.”

Ayres expects I’m Explosive to win her Young Guns heat.

“It is a very good series and her heat will not be easy,” he said. “Where’s The Star was very good at its latest run, while Nando Dreamer and Pokie Payout are both well drawn where they are.

“And the quality in the other heats is very, very good as well.”

But Ayres believes I’m Explosive is a work in progress and he expects her to continue to improve.

“Her run homes times are very good and I’m confident she will get further as she gets older and more experienced,” he said.

Ayres will have his mind on two tracks on Saturday night with kennel star Lucky Lance in Victoria to contest the heats of the Group 1 Maturity.

“I’ve sent him down to his part-owner who will handle him for Saturday night’s heat but he has drawn out in the six and that will not help,” he said.

“He may stay there for a couple of weeks even if he misses out on qualifying for the Maturity final. We may give him his chance to run at Sandown as well.”