Bullock and the Cody Morgan-trained Edit through to Country Championships final

Aaron Bullock on the Cody Morgan-trained Edit. Photo: Winning Edge Media.

It took some sort of a ride, but Aaron Bullock has guided the Cody Morgan-trained Edit to second place in the Scone Country Championships wildcard qualifier on Sunday, booking the Tamworth galloper his place in the $500,000 final at Royal Randwick on April 2.

After jumping from gate 11 in the big field, race caller Luke Marlow commented that ‘Edit’s got in one-off for Bullock – nice piece of riding early from the wide stall.”

Bullock then trailed eventual winner Cavalier Charles into the race, finishing strongly to finish second, beaten 1.03 lengths by the Matthew Dale-trained and Nick Heywood-ridden Canberra galloper, while in third place finished the Lyle Chandler-trained and Winona Costin-ridden Banju. 

Bullock was pleased with the run, and he believes it was a good effort by the five-year-old that was first-up from a 20-week spell when racing at Scone.

“He went terrific,” Bullock said. 

“We had a bit of luck early, and that is what you need in races when you draw wide, and there was only one horse I wanted to follow, and it was the winner, and I got onto its back after about 100m and we travelled beautiful throughout 

“I let it (Edit) rip with the winner, (and) he just felt with me a little bit late, but he was first-up but it is going to be a good final.”

Bullock and Edit jumped well from the wide draw, which was half the reason the popular country hoop was able to get a good run in transit, and he explained it had been the stable’s focus to get the Swiss Ace gelding jumping nicely ahead of the 2022 Country Championships.  

“That was sort of the work in progress leading into this prep with him,” Bullock said. 

“I rode him in both of his trials. He missed the kick in his first trial. I worked him out in his second trial and he never (missed the kick), and today he never (missed the kick).

“You can’t miss the kick in the big races, and we are looking forward to the improvement in him going into the big final.”

Royal Randwick should suit the former New Zealander, with Edit prone to getting back in his races before flying home late. 

“It will suit him too with the speed on. He is sort of a get back horse and fly home,” Bullock said. 

In an ominous sign to their rivals, trainer Cody Morgan, who has also qualified stablemate Anethole, who won the Hunter North West qualifier at Scone, believes his team is yet to get to the bottom of Edit, who should be fit and firing for the rich $500,000 final on April 2.

“Anethole (the Hunter North West winner); like I said post-race – he went as good as he could go, but honestly, this horse (Edit) was 50%,” Morgan said. 

“You are hoping he was pretty close, and he was as close as I could have him, but he had not had a trial or anything and hadn’t run for three or four months, and to do that – he will be ready to go (in the final).”

Morgan and Bullock have a good affinity, and the Singleton hoop will take the ride on Edit in the final next month.

“Aaron rode my first winner 12 years ago, and he is coming down to ride him, and to share that experience is really good,” Morgan said.  

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