Handy local aiming for rare double

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    BULLETPROOF BOY - Photo HRSA

    HANDY local Bulletproof Boy is looking to join a select group of youngsters when he heads to Globe Derby tonight.

    Engaged in the South Australia Derby, Bulletproof Boy is attempting to complete the St Leger/Derby double.

    The two features have been run simultaneously since 1963, with just six pacers annexing both.

    Amachair Chief was the ground breaker in 1977 and ’78, followed by Impressionist in 1990 and ’91, Keep It Up (1994 and ’95), Greek Gambit (1997 and ’98), Glengowan (2011) and Paua Fella (2014).

    The Scott Ewen-trained son of Art Official captured the St Leger at the same venue a fortnight ago, with the astute horseman quietly confident in the Blue Riband.

    Bulletproof Boy will begin from barrier two, with the hot favourite, Yankee Roller, drawn the second row.

    Yankee Roller is unbeaten from four starts for Victorian horsewoman Emma Stewart.

    “His training has been terrific and he is right at his peak for this,” Ewen said. “I haven’t been happier with him going into a race.

    “I’m not saying he can definitely win, but with the right luck, he can go close.

    “Yankee Roller is certainly the one to beat even from the back line, but we will be doing our best.”

    • PAUL COURTS

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