MIKE and Adam Azzie were fully transparent about Bohica on the eve of Saturday’s feature sprint at Turffontein. Punters who followed their advice given in Dave Mollett’s Turf Talk Newsletter preview on Friday would have cashed in when he beat Mr Flood in stylish fashion.
“He’s the best of our five and he can win,” suggested Mike Azzie, who, understandably, cannot always be correct in his assessments, but whose openness is always appreciated.
Bohica, backed from 9-2 to 2-1, sat on the heels of the hard-as-nails Mr Flood, who is never easily passed. When he pounced, however, Mr Food had no answer. Bohica shot three lengths clear with 250m to run and won a good race, clocking 67.92s.
“This was a reproduction of his work,” said Mike, who had raced and won with Bohica over a mile, but made what now looks to have been a career-changing decision after a morning gallop about two months ago.
“Adam and I were looking for a horse to work with Rivarine on the grass one day and we partnered him with Bohica, who trounced him surprisingly, and impressively. I said to Adam, “we may be racing him over the wrong trips,” and when Rivarine won the Computaform Sprint shortly after that we were more convinced that he was a proper sprinter.”
Azzie has nominated Bohica for the Gr1 Mercury Sprint on 28 August and said: “He drew wide, and his merit rating may be too low to get in, but the field is selected with handicapper’s discretion coming into play. I’m hoping they will consider the way he won, that he beat horses like Mr Flood and Riverine carrying what was actually 1.5kg overweight.
“If he gets in, I won’t be too concerned about the draw. He has good gate speed, as you saw, and S’Manga Khumalo know him very well, he knows exactly how to ride him for a maximum effort.”
Bohica races for partners Bruce Gardner, Glen Morris and Brian Riley, who will all be looking forward with the rest of us to see how his career takes shape from here.
A Summerhill-bred by Capetown Noir from Wysiwig (Mullin’s Bay), Bohica is four from 13 with R240,000 in stake earnings. He was bought from the 2018 BSA Ready To Run Sale.