While boasting an enviable seven-for-seven record, Bush Telegraph had yet to prove himself over a bit of ground. This opportunity came in the Daily News 2000 Gr1 and with SA Derby winner Pedometer in the field, it was expected that he would be truly tested. So much so, that it was the Derby winner who started favourite with Bush Telegraph second choice in the betting at 28/10.
As it turned out, Pedometer never really posed a threat to the brilliant son of Jungle Cove (USA). Pedometer went to the front early as expected but was soon overtaken by Forense (Arg) - one of four Millard runners in the field of 12 - who brought them into the straight with Cowdray Park, Jamaican Shore and Pedometer in close attendance with Bush Telegraph racing easily about lengths off the pace.
About 300 out Bush Telegraph was in top gear travelling comfortably and went on to win by the best part of a length from Jamaican Shore with Heir To Riches a similar distance back third, Pedometer being a well-beaten fourth.
Garth Puller, who had partnered Bush Telegraph in all his races, gave the colt an impeccable ride in what was a sparkling trial for the Rothmans July Handicap. There were those of the opinion that Bush Telegraph wouldn't get the Daily News trip, but get it he certainly did, smashing Wild West's record of 2:02 by 1,4 seconds, only three-fifths outside the world-class track record of 2 minutes dead for 2 000m on grass set by Fools Holme (USA) when winning last year's Champion Stakes.
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