Bimbo has speed to overcome draw

FORTUNATELY for the John Shelton-trained Suchabimbo, speed from the barriers is one of his greatest assets.

The in-form four-year-old lines up at Coffs Harbour this afternoon in an 811m scamper; the Watt Formwork Class 3 Handicap.

“He’s a horse with plenty of early speed, he can get along quickly,” Grafton-based Shelton said.

“I’m not worried about the trip, he’ll handle that, the barrier (14) though might be a problem.

“Hopefully being wide might be the place to be.

“Last start we rode him a bit quieter. He hit the line very good.

“There looks to be plenty of speed, we might just sit off them a bit early and let him finish the race off.”

Suchabimbo is named after the late Sucha Singh and raced by a syndicate headed by Adam Bancroft and including Singh’s son, Mitchell.

This preparation the gelding has struck a rich vein of form with a win and three placings from his past four starts, with an overall record of three wins and four placings from 14 starts.

Two starts back at Casino on May 27, Sucha- bimbo pinged the gates to lead throughout for a dominant four-length win.

In his last start at Grafton on June 10, the son of Nidan trailed the leaders before chiming in at the 200m and going down a length to Landuncan in a 1100m Class 3 handicap.

“He’s been ultra-consistent, going real good this time in,” Shelton said.

“He had a few foot issues (pedal bone) but we’ve tried different shoeing and it’s rectified the problem.

“He’s a solid bugger, thick set, a real sprinter.”

Stable rider Matthew Paget takes over the reins today after Chris Whiteley and Terry Treichel have been aboard at Suchabimbo’s last two starts.