Dion Luciani believes Amelias Dancer’s preparation ahead of Sunday week’s Goldline Distributors-Boulder Cup (1760m) will be far superior to last year.

Amelias Dancer ran a creditable fourth to Adam Durrant’s Reverend Lovejoy, beaten 1 ½ lengths, in what was his final start after a lengthy preparation.

“He went into the Boulder Cup a tired horse after an eight start campaign and the race was more of an afterthought,” said Luciani.

“Nevertheless he still did an exceptional job to run the race out strongly.

“The Boulder Cup will be his fourth run this preparation and you would like to think he will be a strong chance.”

Amelias Dancer is in line to claim a rich bonus after Sunday’s narrow win over Belora in the Focus Minerals Coolgardie Cup (1600m).

The $100,000 Bucks Off Triple Nugget Bonus is awarded is to any horse that can win the Coolgardie, Boulder and Kalgoorlie Cups in the one season.

Sign Post (1992) and Lawmaker (2002) are the only two horses to have completed the milestone.

“If he was lucky enough to win the Boulder Cup we would have to consider the Kalgoorlie Cup,” said Luciani.

“It will end up being a $250,000 race and that’s a pretty big carrot to be dangling in front of you.

“The 1600m of the Northam Cup is also on the radar and looks a suitable option.

“We’ve got a few weeks to work out which path we want to take.”