The victories of exciting three-year-old Manhattan Arch at Ararat and tough mare Favonski at Ballarat took the stable’s record to eight winners from our last 36 runners, 15 of which have finished in the top four.
In fact, more than 50% of our runners this season have finished top four, with the stable operating at an impressive strike rate of 16% winners from out last 50 runners.
Trainer Daniel Bowman credit’s the stable’s impressive recent run as the result of plenty of hard work and a focus on rebuilding and restocking the stable with young and progressive horses.
“Last season we had 203 runners for 17 winners where as this season we’ve nearly gone past that amount of winners with 16 winners already from nearly half the number of runners,” Bowman said.
“This highlights the stable’s focus on bringing in new stock that can hopefully be competitive at a higher level as the horses mature and develop.
“It is our goal to be consistently competitive at metropolitan grade with our horses to try and ensure the best return for our owners.”
Manhattan Arch is a particularly exciting horse who will hopefully be destined for a bright future.
By Manhattan Rain, he is a son of Group 1 winning mare She’s Archie – who beat all bar arguably Australia’s greatest staying mare in the 2003 Melbourne Cup.
With that pedigree in mind combined with the amount of improvement the horse should still have to come, we are looking towards the $300,000 VOBIS Gold 3YO Sires (1600m) at Caulfield in April.
“He’s a horse with untapped potential that is only getting to get better with racing,” Bowman said.
“He is still very immature mentally but should relish getting out over further as his racing career progresses.”
A canny gear change has proven the key to success for bonny mare Favonski (above), with the application of blinkers achieving notable results.
After making up for an unlucky run at Warrnambool with a confidence boosting win at Penola, the daughter of Gonski thumped a quality field including multiple city-performed gallopers by four lengths!
“She’s been a revelation since we put the blinkers on her,’ Bowman said.
“It’s really satisfying to have a mare like her produce a career-peak performance at her ninth start this preparation.
“She had her first up run in October last year which highlights the stable’s facilities and ability to keep a horse fresh both physically and mentally.”
Both horses are owned and raced by loyal supporters of the stable, the Dunn family.