We’re particularly excited to welcome new owners Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock (ATB) into the stable with their horse Millinery set to resume over 975m at BM64 level in the sixth race at Swan Hill on Sunday.
The daughter of Helmet joins Bowman Racing having shown plenty of talent in her previous nine starts for Lindsay Park and appears to be thriving in her new environment.
Trainer Daniel Bowman said the four-year-old would take plenty of improvement out of the run but he expects her to run a big race for jockey Harry Coffey.
“She trialled very well at Werribee and it’s great to have our first runner for ATB, hopefully it’s the first of many,” Bowman said.
“She’s responding well to a change in environment and also a change in training. She’s a horse that doesn’t really handle a heavy workload as she has had a few muscle niggles from time to time but she seems to be going very well.”
Bowman is also eagerly awaiting the debut of three-year-old Moshe filly Gem ‘n’ Us for the Mathers family.
“She’s a half-sister to Group 3 winner Five All and has trialled well but she’s yet to have been put under full pressure so we won’t really know until race day,” he said.
One of the highlights on the Sunday every year at the Swan Hill Carnival is the Drought Breaker Maiden Plate over 1600m and Bowman said he is hoping it’s a case of horses for courses for Aedesia.
“She’s run two terrific thirds in each of her two previous starts at Swan Hill and if she could reproduce that form then she’d have to be a big chance.”
On Friday the stable will saddle Quarck in the 1200m BM78, with one of Victoria’s leading jockeys Linda Meech set to take the ride.
Meech will also partner Hot Hussler for the stable in the eighth race on Saturday over 1300m, with apprentice Melissa Julius to partner the stable’s other runner on the day, He’s The Bomb, in the fourth race.
The stable’s focus won’t be solely restricted to the Swan Hill Carnival however with talented three-year-old Roddandtodd set to resume in the last race at Flemington on Saturday over 1000m.
Bowman said he expected the son of Charge Forward, who finished close-up behind Nature Strip at his only previous run at Flemington, to run a bold race.
“He trialled as well as I expected him to as he’s not a great worker without the blinkers on but the winner of the trial came out and ran really well at Moonee Valley last Saturday which is a positive,” he said.
“He’s had one run down the straight and showed that he handles it and that was in a race that was probably stronger than what he tackles on Saturday.
“He’ll improve out of the run but I think he’s a genuine top three or four chance.”
We look forward to a great weekend of racing, the pumpkin soup at the races and Austy's famous bonfire.