Infathuated set for Bunbury Stakes

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Mitchell WoodcockSouth Western Times

Talented sprinter Infathuated will have an opportunity to claim the biggest win of his career when he runs in Wednesday’s $120,000 Amelia Park Bunbury Stakes (1400m) at the Bunbury Turf Club.

The six-year-old is second up from a 16-week spell and coming off a solid run at Ascot earlier this month.

With seven wins from 31 starts, the Justin Warwick-trained gelding will go into the race a chance of victory, especially after winning a trial at the same track on March 2.

Infathuated will be ridden by Justin’s daughter Lucy and the pair are up against a solid field, which includes Simon Miller’s Royal Missile, which will be ridden by WA champion jockey William Pike.

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Royal Missile should start as the favourite for the race, having won three from her last four starts, including twice at Ascot.

Warwick believed Infathuated was as good a chance as any of the other horses.

“If he can reproduce his run the other day, then he will run the last 100m strongly,” he said.

“It is a ripper field and there is a lot of speed.

“It will be an intense race, but he won’t be part of that. He will be at the back and hopefully the leaders will get tired and he will pass them all on the straight.”

Warwick said there were no troubles and he was confident Lucy would ride her well.

Last start Royal Missile and Pike finished second to Jarrad Noske and Battle Hero, who have not nominated for the race.

Grant and Alana Williams have given Chris Parnham the ride on Falcon Crest, who is coming off a win where the six-year-old beat a host of big names in the race, including Bull and Bush Tavern Cup winner Dark Alert.

The gelding has not run since and has won over the 1400m twice before.

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