Vella To Launch Two-Pronged Attack

Canberra based trainer Gratz Vella will launch a two-pronged attack at next weekend's Lightning Ridge plate following Boys Day Out's impressive victory at Canberra last week.

Having already turned heads with impressive debutant American Time, Vella wasted little time to unearth another promising juvenile with Boys Day Out demoralising his rivals on debut.

Lining up in what appeared a solid form race on paper, Boys Day Out proceeded to live up to his solid trial form when saluting effortlessly by over four lengths.

"He was conceding experience to two of his more fancied rivals, one had won on debut and the other had finished second, so under the circumstances I thought it was a very good performance," Vella said.

Jumping away awkwardly in the small field, Boys Day Out quickly recovered to settle just off the speed in second, with race leader Perizada setting a solid tempo up front.

Tracking into the race beautifully rounding the turn for home, he quickly took over early in the straight and drew away for a decisive victory, much to Vella's delight.

"There wasn't much between him and American Time in work, so I thought he had to be a solid hope but to go out and do what he did I couldn't have been happier," Vella said.

While not one to pick sides with his two promising youngsters, Vella felt Boys Day Out does show a little bit more in his work.

"There is nothing really between themĀ  and that was reflected in the times they recorded on debut," Vella said.

"If anything Boys Day Out works a bit keener then her, American Time tends to be more relaxed.

"Both of them are up and coming and should both improve further leading into their next start."

Both gallopers are now set to contest The Lightning Ridge Plate on the 23rd of February, a key lead up race for the local gallopers who look to push their claims for the Black Opal Stakes.

Vella took out the event three years ago with You're Canny before he would go on to cause one of the biggest boilovers in recent memory when defeating Karuta Queen in the Black Opal.

"At the moment I don't think there is much between them because I felt You're Canny wouldn't make it as a two-year-old, he was all legs no body," Vella said.

"But obviously every time I asked him to take that next step he did it for me.

"With these two [Boys Day Out & American Time] they are more ready to run types, they are athletic and are very switched on.

"They are more forward than what You're Canny was at the same point in time."

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