Boy?s Talk gallops to the line ahead of a hard-ridden Centre Fire to win the last at Grafton yesterday, the James Kirby Handica
Boy?s Talk gallops to the line ahead of a hard-ridden Centre Fire to win the last at Grafton yesterday, the James Kirby Handica

A scorcher

By Grahame Timbrell

Early one morning two months ago Coffs Harbour trainer Brett Dodson looked at his stop watch and admits his eyes almost fell out of his head.

He had just given the former Victorian sprinter, Boy's Talk, his first serious gallop since the horse arrived in his stable.

"I sent him over 600 metres and he ran a tick over 33 seconds," Dodson said.

"I thought, 'ooh aaah', what have we got here.

"It was the fastest gallop any of my horses have put in for a long time.

"I knew then I had a pretty good sprinter in the stable and decided to set him for the Kirby Hcp."

Later into the preparation Dodson arranged a jump out with a well performed open company horse and Boy's Talk beat him by nine lengths.

Yesterday the plan came to fruition when Boy's Talk stormed home to win the Kirby in just a fraction of a second outside the course record time that Scone-trained sprinter, Sir Canny, ran in winning last year.

Sir Canny (Dale Spriggs) returned yesterday in a bid to make it two Kirby's in a row, but the horse wrecked his chances at the start when he knuckled over, almost dislodged Spriggs and lost at least six lengths.

Canny Lad, the $5 second favourite, finished ninth in the field of 12.Boy's Talk, ridden by Zac Purton, settled back in the field while Hurricane Stroller and Centre Fire set a scorching pace up front.

Boy's Talk $17) stormed up to the leaders in the straight and went right away to win by two and a half lengths from the $13 chance Centre Fire (Scott Thurlow) with the $3.40 favourite Mac's Tune (Allan Robinson) a further three quarters of a length away third.

Purton was effusive in his praise of Boy's Talk when talking to Dodson and the horse's connections.

"Gee, he let down and got to the line well," Purton said.

"That was a very impressive win. I think you have a very good horse there."



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