Smart Cambridge galloper Bostonian is heading in the right direction as he prepares for the Gr.1 Sistema Railway (1200m) at Ellerslie on New Year’s Day.
Trainer Tony Pike gave Bostonian an exhibition gallop between races at Te Rapa on Saturday and was pleased with his hit-out.
Ridden by Vinnie Colgan, Bostonian was timed to run the final 800m of his work in 47.72 and the last 600m in 34.83.
“He’s thrived since his fresh-up run,” Pike said.
“His coat wasn’t through when he ran in the Counties Bowl, but he’s come on a lot from that and he looks really well.
“He enjoyed his day out and had a nice hit-out. It was perfect leading into the Railway.”
Bostonian has won seven of his 10 starts and he is unbeaten in his last four appearances.
He picked up a hat-trick of wins during a Queensland winter campaign last June and after a good spell he was an impressive fresh-up winner of the Listed Counties Bowl (1100m) at Pukekohe late last month.
Colgan has been Bostonian’s regular rider this campaign and he gave Pike a glowing report after the exhibition gallop.
“Vinnie said he was relaxed and felt good,” Pike said.