Pop Hero targets pet trip at Belmont

Pop Hero will return to his favourite track and trip this Saturday in the TAB Touch Hcp at Belmont over 1000 metres.

The Bunbury-based sprinter has won 4 of his 12 starts over the short-course circuit since arriving from the Eastern States. “He’s going much better now than in previous preps for us,” co-trainer Matt Giadresco said after his last-start victory at Belmont. “He was unlucky in his last two runs but the inside gate helped today.”

Pop Hero (Kaphero) was pin-hooked as a foal for $31,000 by Randwick Bloodstock Agency (FBAA) at the 2011 Inglis Great Southern Sale. His valued doubled by the time RBA owner Brett Howard sold him as a yearling at the 2012 Gold Coast Magic Millions.

He won for Melbourne & Adelaide stables before crossing the Nullabor and there’s another $60,000 purse allocated this Saturday.

“We’re right on the beach and he’s trained out of a paddock,” Giadresco added. “He’s a happy horse and can really hit the line when the speed’s on in these sprints.”

Pop Hero’s dam Serendipity (Rory’s Jester) is a half-sister to Malaysian stakes winner Fast Flying (Distorted Humor) and is also closely related to LR Detonator Stakes winner Trustee Brown (Oratorio).

There’s another FBAA / Perth link with Pop Hero’s older half-brother Speech Room who was purchased as a foal by Hancock Quality Bloodstock (FBAA) for $26,000 at the 2007 Inglis Great Southern Sale.

Speech Room (Court Of Jewels) was then catalogued but withdrawn from the 2008 Perth Magic Millions yearling sale by Dawson Stud. He paid his way with wins at Northam & Ascot for trainer Shane Edwards before transferring to the Top End.

Federation of Bloodstock Agents Australia (FBAA) was formed in 1988 to maintain, improve and develop the standards, status and services of bloodstock agents throughout Australia. Its members operate with the utmost integrity and professionalism and are bound by the strict Industry Code of Conduct.

The list of FBAA members can be viewed at: www.bloodstockagents.com.au

Winning connections celebrate last-start win at Belmont