Horse Racing

Campbell cautious about Bitofmerit’s return


Bitofmerit returned to the races on Saturday and although Michael Campbell is confident the four-year-old can get through it from the start, coach Bunbury is taking a cautious approach.

Michael Campbell’s wariness is based on Bitofmerit’s fitness level after a four-month break following a double defeat in the winter and his first visit to Ascot.

Bitofmerit had a chance to make amends and redeem himself after his first career loss in July when he beat just one runner to go home in the 1200m handicap at Belmont.

An unexpected loss to the favorites interrupted a brilliant start to his racing life after he burst onto the scene with three wins from multiple races, performances that drew interest from racers. interstate buyers.

Bitofmerit got off to the perfect start by beating Buzzoom at launch, who later won the award. Listed Burgess Queen shares (1400m) and second run in Bet on G3 Champion (1600m).

Drawn to win the race from the third fence for Lucy Warwick, Bitofmerit backs Tabtouch for his return, now cited as a $2.60 hope, down slightly after he It opened at $2.25.

Bitofmerit showed he’s ready to be a force again after winning the four-horse hurdle challenge at Lark Hill without any pressure.

He lined up before 12 opponents in Crown Metropol Handicap (1000m).

Campbell believes that Bitofmerit has had the groundwork needed to make an impact right from the start, but he remains cautious about the task ahead.

“It’s frustrating, but it’s good to be back,” Campbell told The Races WA.

“He got the virus after his last start and it took a while to get over it.

“Then stoned the crow, his stable mate was infected with another virus, such as a severe cold, and he dealt with that too.

“It’s a really silly thing, but we’ve done the checks and there’s no damage.

“His testing was pretty good and he definitely had a big hit after that.

“I gave him a couple of gallops in the middle and Lucy (Warwick) said everything was pretty good.

“He’s showing all the right signs, but he’s still a bit big and has been hit pretty hard after his job on Tuesday.

“But it’s only a 1000 meter race, so we decided to go in and today is going to be a cool day, which will help everyone.”

If it weren’t for the virus getting in the way of the winter, Bitofmerit could have been a player in some of the standout races at the current Pinnacles festival, but Campbell believes the delayed start could have been a blessing in the making. Camouflage.

“I still think it’s a bit too fast for him,” Campbell said.

“Believe it or not, he’s grown again.

“I have kept these breeds for a long time and to be fair, they are slow growing.

“They mostly just started at the age of four.

“He was a small to medium horse, now he is a much taller horse.”

Campbell admits he’s not sure how Bitofmerit will handle his first run on the Ascot track after only racing on softer surfaces at Belmont so far.

“If Ascot is going to be his pick, then he should give it some thought,” Campbell said.

“He was very efficient when it came to giving the (Belmont) tracks.

“You definitely have to think a little bit and you won’t know until you try.”

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