“We were lucky really because it has probably ended up a bit stronger than I thought it would be.”
After the June announcement, Bon Amis won the July Sprint, his eighth win in 19 starts, before running third in the Show County Quality at the beginning of the carnival to allow Deamer to focus on The Hunter.
“He got sick there for four days, so we missed running him on Everest day, but we have given him a barrier trial and I got on him in a jumpout the other day,” Deamer said. “He is ready for the race and to draw gate six is a bonus because he should be able to get the right run.
“He hasn’t had 53.5kg for long time and the way he felt the other day he will run the 1300m right out.”
It is a long way from being purchased on the internet to a $1 million race and it would be one of racing’s great rags-to-riches stories.
“I remember the boys said to me ‘what do you think’ and I had a look and said he is all right,” Deamer said, remembering when they bought the Bon Hoffa gelding.
“I said what have you got to lose, it’s only four grand and if he wins a maiden we’ll get that back.”
He won the maiden at Cessnock then moved to Muswellbrook and Newcastle before making a winning city debut at his fourth start.
“He really got smashed in the benchmark early on and has been running up in grade all the time,” Deamer said. “He has always stepped up and I think he will do it again on Saturday.”
The question is the 1300m. Bon Amis has been kept to the sprinting trip the majority of his career with his only starts beyond 1200m coming in last year’s Provincial Championships , when he was runner-up in the Newcastle heat before running fifth in the final at Randwick.
Bon Amis’ record as the weather gets warmer is outstanding. In two preparations in November through January, he was won five of eight starts and run two seconds.
“He might be like the rest of us and like the the hot weather,” Deamer said. “You can see him improving in the past couple of weeks.
“We have new barrier stalls for Saturday and they wanted to give them a test last Friday, so I rode him and he was really good.”
Deamer will also use the metropolitan meeting on home ground to launch a Magic Millions campaign with Dynamic Syndications stayer Decroux, which has won with twice for him since coming from the Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott stable.
“It is good to start him in a race at home and the aim is to get him to the stayers cup at Magic Millions,” Deamer said. “He has really showed us something at those longer trips and you don’t get the chance to run in restricted company for $1 million too often.
“He is fresh enough to run a cheeky race on Saturday.”
Racing writer for The Sydney Morning Herald