Oliver pulls the right rein on Bull Point

Nanjing Night Net

After having the choice of the plum rides on Bull Point and Prince Harada, it was no surprise to see a big smile on Damien Oliver’s face after Gai Waterhouse’s Bull Point scored a resounding first-up win in the group 3 Manfred Stakes (1200 metres).

”They are both good colts and were hard to split,” Oliver said.

”I rode them in consecutive days a couple of weeks ago and this bloke [Bull Point] really pleased me, the way he worked with the blinkers on.”

On Saturday, Oliver was able to settle Bull Point ($3.70) behind the speed, just ahead of Prince Harada ($2.80 favourite), who raced a little keenly. Oliver eased Bull Point out three wide on the turn and, after grabbing the leader Worth A Ransom ($20) at the 150 metres, drew away to win by 1¼ lengths.

”He put himself into a good position and then showed good acceleration,” Oliver said. ”You can get a good impression when you first get on them and he certainly gave me that and proved it here today.”

Prince Harada came wide in the straight but failed to finish off the race and was photo-finished out of third by The Quarterback ($11), who flashed home from last on the turn.

Jockey Blake Shinn thought the hot weather might have been partly to blame for the poor performance of the Tony Vasil-trained Prince Harada.

While Cox Plate winner Shamus Award remains $8 favourite for the group 1 Australian Guineas at Flemington on March 1, Sportsbet shortened Bull Point from $13 into $9 second favourite.

The Quarterback was a big mover and, after being a $17 chance, is now on the third line of betting at $10. Prince Harada eased from $9 to $12.

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