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Final Start For Veteran Sprinter Bomber Bill
Triple Gr1-winning 11-year-old gelded sprinter Bomber Bill (Air De France-Lady Special, by Alzao) lines up for his final start in tomorrow's Listed JRA Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield in Melbourne. Bomber Bill (trainer by Robert Smerdon) has 23 wins (including the 1998 Gr1 Karrakatta Plate over 1200m in Perth, 2001 Gr1 Australia Stakes over 1200m in Melbourne & 2003 Gr1 Goodwood Handicap over 1200m in Adelaide, as well as 2006's Gr3 Rubiton Stakes, 2005's Gr3 McKay Stakes & Listed Heffernan Stakes, 2004's Gr2 Moir Stakes, 2003's Gr3 Gilgai Stakes & Gr3 Irwin Stakes, 2002's Gr2 Challenge Stakes & Gr3 Liverpool City Cup, 2000's Gr3 Gilgai Stakes & Listed Hilton On The Park Stakes, 1999's Listed Kensington Stakes, & 1998's Gr3 WA Sires Produce Stakes, Listed Hilton On The Park Stakes & Listed Perth Stakes) plus 11 placings (including 2005's Gr3 Irwin Stakes, 2004's Gr2 QTC Cup, 2003's Gr2 QTC Cup & Gr3 Lewis Stakes, 2002's Gr2 Schweppes Stakes, Gr3 Rubiton Stakes & Listed Satellite Stakes, & 2001's Gr3 Rubiton Stakes) from 97 starts for $1,892,330 prize-money. Bomber Bill (a $31,000 yearling at the 1997 Inglis Classic Sale in Sydney) began his career in Western Australia for Hec McLaren (where he notched 7 successive victories) & has subsequently raced for Aquanita trainers John Sadler, Russell Cameron & Robert Smerdon, plus a year with Maureen Harry at Warrnambool.