May 06, 2019

Sunday was a notable day for the stable with Bag Raider scoring a dominant win at Bendigo in his first start for the stable.

The win by the Japanese import was the first winner for Scott Cameron in his own name and certainly should not be the last!

Bag Raider was settled just behind the speed by Jamie Mott before making his challenge in the home straight, staying on strongly to defeat Ballet Master by three-quarters of a length in the Benchmark 70 Handicap over 1300m.

Apart from the joy of winning, there was a different degree of satisfaction for Scott, Bag Raider purchased for just $3500 from the Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott stable.

“We weren’t arrogant enough to think we would be better trainers however, we did think that in a smaller stable and with some one-on-one attention he was well worth a chance,” Scott said.

“He has his quirks, he can be a hard going horse but he’s getting better and it was a major reason in why we wanted Jamie to ride him with his soft hands and he did a terrific job.”

Although Bag Raider is by the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winner Bago and prior to Sunday had not raced below 2000m, Scott feels shorter distances will prove best in Australia.

“When we looked at his form and pedigree he shaped as though he’d be a stayer here but he has surprised me that he has so much natural speed,” Scott said.

“To win on his first start is terrific and I think he can keep it up. He has the scope to go through his grades and I think on the feel he gives you in the morning he can get to city class.”