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The Bostonian gearing up for return

Top-line New Zealand sprinter The Bostonian has shown his readiness for his next Australian campaign with a gallop at Ellerslie.

The Tony Pike-trained five-year-old won a trial earlier in this month and made use of perfect conditions at Ellerslie ahead of a two-start Sydney campaign.

"He galloped over 1000 metres at Ellerslie," Pike told NZ Racing Desk.

"I was thinking of taking him up to Counties for an exhibition gallop on Thursday but obviously they got some rain over the weekend and it was a good surface at Ellerslie.

"He ran good time and pulled up nice and fit and well so he'll head to Sydney on Monday week and run fresh-up.

"We've pencilled in the Canterbury Stakes and the George Ryder and then obviously we'll assess it after that.

"We'll probably give him a week or ten days in the paddock in Sydney then head up to Brisbane for the same races we ran in last year."

The Bostonian won the Group One double of the Doomben 10,000 (1200m) and Kingsford Smith Cup (1300m) before finishing 11th in the Stradbroke Handicap (1400m).

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