It's A Rush Creates History at Bundaberg

IT'S A Rush became the first dog to break the 31-seconds barrier for 550 metres when winning today's hotly contested Anniversary Cup at Bundaberg.

David Brasch

10 May 2021

IT’S A Rush became the first dog to break the 31-seconds for 550m when winning today’s Anniversary Cup at Bundaberg.

The son of Fernando Bale-It’s A Fling ran 30.96 to win by three and a half lengths over Not Scared with another three and a half lengths to Zuleika in third.

The winner is trained by Gerard Bowe but is owned by Belynda Essex, the partner of Gerard’s nephew Justin.

“Once he jumps like he did today, nothing is beyond this dog even a track record,” said Justin. “No, the track record was no surprise.”

It’s A Rush had already won the Bundaberg Derby last year and since then had made the final of the Group 2 Richmond Derby.

He went into the Anniversary Cup coming off a win in the Rockhampton Cup Consolation.

“We wanted to drop him back to an easy race at Bundaberg before we map out what to do with him in the next few months,” said Justin.

Plans could include the Group 1 Brisbane Cup at Albion Park but the Bowes are also contemplating the Grafton Sprinters Cup over 450m when the new track re-opens with the annual Cup carnival.

“The 450 metres of a one-turn Cup like that would be right up his alley,” said Justin.

“He will probably go back to a FFA at Albion Park next.”

It’s A Rush has now won 18 of his 42 race starts for $65,000 in stakes.