Chris Munce has high hopes of snaring his first Group 1 win as a trainer when Boomsara takes to the track in the JJ Atkins Plate (1600m) at Doomben on Saturday.
Munce picked up 42 winners in Group 1 races, including the big four of the Melbourne Cup, Cox Plate, Golden Slipper and Caulfield Cup during his distinguished career as a jockey and is now hoping to land his first as a trainer.
Boomsara impressed when dead-heating for third in the Group 2 BRC Sires Produce Stakes last time out and Munce senses an upset could be on the cards.
"He is absolutely rock-hard fit and I can't do anymore than I have with him. He is a healthy, tough horse that has trained on really well," Munce said.
"He is my first Group I runner and I think he could be a player in the race. It looks a pretty open race to me and he has the speed to put himself in the race and he is a lovely laidback and casual horse who always does his best."
Boomsara may have to race on a Doomben track that could be significantly rain-affected, with the track rated a heavy (8) on Friday morning, but Munce is not too concerned.
He admits it is probably not ideal for the son of Spirit Of Boom but it certainly isn't the end of the world.
"I would say he is a better horse on top of the ground, but I don't think we are out of it if the track is wet," Munce added.
"He is untested on the heavy, but we can't do much about that, and a few of his rivals are in the same boat."
Boomsara is 20/1 to win the JJ Atkins Plate while Fundamentalist can be backed at 9/2.
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