$501 in Bonus Bets
Get your first bet matched with up to $501 in bonuses*
Deposit $30, Bet with $180*
Sign-up, deposit $30 & receive $150 in Free Bonus Bets!*
$500 Matched Deposit
Sign-up and get your first deposit matched with up to $500 in bonus bets*
$600 in Bonus Bets
Sign-up, deposit $400 & receive $600 in Free Bonus Bets!*
Deposit $50, Bet with $200
Sign-up, deposit $50 & receive $150 in bonus bets. That's $200 to bet with!*
* All Offers and Promotions posted in this article exclude NSW residents.

Brett Prebble says talented colt Bear Hero is a serious Group One horse and will test local star Sepoy in Saturday’s Coolmore Stud Stakes at Flemington.

The Hong Kong-based Australian rider said the General Nediym three-year-old’s experience of racing against older horses in Hong Kong would stand him in good stead against Sepoy.

“He’s a serious Group One horse for sure,” Prebble said.

“He’s obviously a very lightly-raced horse but what he’s done, not many horses have been able to do in Hong Kong.

“I think they elected to come down here and take on his own age because it’s tough for the young three-year-olds (in Hong Kong).

“They’ve got to go up early in the season against the older horses, tougher horses who’ve had 20 or 30 runs.

“So it is an easier task (taking on his own age) for him for sure.”

Prebble, who will ride Bear Hero for the first time in a race in the 1200m Group One straight track feature, didn’t seem too perturbed about taking on Sepoy who has won nine of his 10 starts and is after his fourth Group One victory.

“You are not to know he’s going to be there when you first plan it are you? But they are all there to be beaten,” he said.

“He’s a proper horse this horse.”

Bear Hero won both his starts as a two-year-old over 1000m at Sha Tin before completing the hat-trick over the same track and trip against older horses on June 11.

He was beaten for the first time when runner-up over 1200m on September 11, again against older gallopers.

Prebble said trainer David Ferraris had already been successful travelling horses internationally having won the 2007 Group One Sheema Classic (2400m) in Dubai with Vengeance Of Rain.

Ferraris is very happy with Bear Hero since arriving in Australia and he was very pleased with his jumpout win down the straight at Flemington a couple of weeks ago.

“He’s really blossomed since he’s been here so I think he’ll run a very big race on Saturday,” he told Sky Sports Radio.

“Being a Group One race, and he’s the last of the General Nediyms, we think he’s a really top horse so to get a bit of black type will do no harm.

“It was a very good jumpout, he won it well, it was a fast time with some decent horses behind him.

“He hadn’t raced for five-six weeks so he definitely needed that gallop.

“He races just off the speed and he’s unbeaten up the straight. The only time he’s been beaten was around the bend at Sha Tin. Normally he just likes to get a lead (horse), settle a length or two behind them.

“Look, I know we’ve got a really tough horse in Sepoy and really we couldn’t beat him if you look at the handicapping terms, but if there’s a chink in his armour I think Bear Hero might be the man to do it.”

AAP TURF

 
Deposit $50, Bet with $200
Sign-up, deposit $50 & receive $150 in bonus bets. That's $200 to bet with!*
  • DEPOSIT $30
    start betting
    with
    $180*
    CLAIM NOW
  • first deposit
    matched
    up to
    $501*
    CLAIM NOW
  • DEPOSIT $50
    start betting
    with
    $200*
    CLAIM NOW
  • DEPOSIT $10
    start betting
    with
    $110*
    CLAIM NOW
* All Offers and Promotions posted in this article exclude NSW residents.
Featured News

Over $5,000 in Bonus Free Bets

Just Horse Racing provides readers with the best Free Bet offers available on every online bookmaker on the internet. We...

Cash Out costs punter $340,000

One Flemington punter will be kicking themselves after cashing out of a 5-leg multi that would have seen them take...

Rank outsider backed to win Golden Rose

Punters are looking away from the obvious when it comes to the Group l Golden Rose (1400m) at Rosehill this...

Strangles case causes trainer to quit

Queensland trainer Darren Bell says he has been forced to quit after racking up crippling debts when his stable was...

Jockey booking sparks Caulfield plunge

A key jockey booking is a reason why punters have launched into an in form mare in the Caulfield get...

 
 
 

Gamble Responsibly 18+
*State exclusions apply to some offers. Please check T&Cs of each offer with the bookmaker. All Offers Exclude NSW residents.