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Bartley Eyes Dubai Target For Sniper's Bullet

Tuesday, 8th December 2009

Trainer Tracey Bartley “has revealed plans to campaign Sniper's Bullet overseas following his devastating wins in the Railway & Kingston Town Stakes in Perth,” reported The Daily Telegraph. The 6YO gelding Sniper's Bullet (Bite The Bullet-Yallah Terrace, by Yallah Prince) notched his 2nd successive Gr1 win in a fortnight with victory in Saturday’s Gr1 Kingstown Town Classic (1800m) at Ascot following his win in the Gr1 Railway Stakes (1600m) at Ascot on November 21; overall he now boasts 8 wins (also including 2007’s Gr1 Stradbroke Handicap over 1400m at Eagle Farm) & 13 placings from 34 starts for $2,429,225 earnings. Bartley confirmed: “It's a whole new ball game now, we can think about the longer races. Damien Oliver (jockey) was adamant he would run 2000m.” Among the options Bartley will consider is Dubai’s Gr1 Dubai Duty Free (1777m) at Nad Al Sheba on March 27, following a Melbourne autumn campaign. Sniper's Bullet will leave Perth today & “head to Melbourne where he will be spelled for up to a month before being prepared for the Gr1 Futurity Stakes (1600m) at Caulfield on February 27. Bartley added: “If he's going super (after the Futurity), we might have a look at that race in Dubai over 1777m or press on to the Gr1 Australian Cup over 2000m. A couple of guys said I should think about the race in Dubai & they might be right. He'd be up running in the first three & they don't seem to be able to run them down over there.”

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