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Begood's All-Star Mile doubt
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Daniel has nothing but admiration for the group of owners in Manhattan Arch. Bowman also acknowledged the staff at the Ballarat Veterinary Clinic after Manhattan Arch scored an impressive win in a restricted race at Flemington on Saturday.
The lightly raced five-year-old was having his third run back after 80 weeks on the sidelines with numerous problems including two wind operations and a knee operation. Bowman told The Standard he rated Manhattan Arch a big chance of winning after two good runs following the long break and a solid track gallop at Terang last week.
"I was confident Manhattan Arch would be hard to beat," the group one winning trainer said.
"Patience is a big part of racing and Lorraine Dunn and her fellow owners have plenty of it. I've got to thank them for showing the trust in me. I said to them Manhattan Arch had plenty of ability and then he was struck down with a few injures but to win a race in town for them is very rewarding. I understand owning racehorses is an expensive business but sometimes it's about giving horses the time to get over whatever issues they have or to mature. The Ballarat Vet Clinic has done a magnificent job in sorting out Manhattan Arch's problems."
From his nine starts, Manhattan Arch has won two races and been in the minor place getters stall on five occasions.
New stable addition, Justaroundmidnight, made light work of his rivals at Hamilton in the BM58 2200m Handicap.
Jacko, as he is known around the stables, was ridden by Japanese apprentice Akatsuki Tomita, who moved to Australia to further his experience as a jockey.
Tomita gave him the perfect ride, sitting just off the main speed in fourth position throughout. He angled into the better going at the top of the straight, careering away to win by 2 lengths.
The sea change and the new environment seems to have done the trick for Jacko and we look forward to continuing to train this consistent stayer.
Congratulations to his owners, who are all new to the stable.
Mumbles always showed he had a bit of talent when he was a young horse. However, there was always a reason as to why he just couldn’t put it all together. Whether it be that he was unlucky in running, he over raced, the track was too wet etc. But the penny appears to have finally dropped after his 3 month spell.
When resuming at Bendigo, James Winks delivered a ride that took all bad luck out of the equation.
All the hype was for Black Caviars son, who was returning from a lengthy spell and sent out odds on favourite.
Winks stalked Prince of Caviar as soon as the barriers opened. He moved to his outside in the home straight, mowing him down to win by a length and three quarters.
Congratulations to his owners and hopefully there is a successful preparation ahead.
It is not very often a long range plan comes off without some sort of hiccup...but the sheer relief and excitement when it does is something we will never forget after Begood Toya Mother won the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes at Caulfield on Saturday.
When Begood Toya Mother won his fourth race at Sandown in April, a plan was put into place to aim the Myboycharlie gelding at the elite race.
"Since Sandown he put the writing on the wall as the type of horse, that fitted the profile for this race," said Bowman.
Declan Bates round the race of his life at 52kg, well below his usual riding weight to hold off the challenge of Age of Chivalry and Widgee Turf.
"He just keeps improving this horse, mentally more than anything. He was a bit tricky, so they've done a massive job just to help him mature and produce him for the big day."
Begood Toya Mother was welcomed back to the winners stall with an enormous cheer from his large ownership group, which consists of 55 owners.
The celebrations for many owners went long into the night and no doubt there would've been a few sore heads the next day.
Congratulations to all of his owners!
A big thank you to everyone who has contributed in some way shape or form. Its a team effort and we are so lucky to have magnificent staff and other people that have helped along the way. These include the breakers who broke him in, the pre-trainers who dealt with him as a young horse, the dentist, the farrier, the acupuncturist, the agistment properties who have looked after him. The list goes on and on but we are extremely thankful for everyone's help!
So what do we know about the number 100?
Congratulations to all the owners of this promising filly. To win a race – any race so close to spring is a good sign; and to do it so easily really has us excited. Crowned Lizzy will always be our 100th winner and its an achievement that has taken us on many highs and lows to reach it.
The Memsie Stakes has been won by the likes of Atlantic Jewel, So You Think, Weekend Hussler, Sunline (twice), the Caulfield Cup and Melbourne Cup champion Galilee, Lord (four times), Rising Fast – the only horse to win the Caulfield Cup, Cox Plate, Melbourne Cup treble in one year, Ajax and Phar Lap in 1931. Our very own Begood Toya Mother will attempt to join this list on Saturday.
Our star gelding will face two past Memsie winners in Humidor and Black Heart Bart, as well as four-time Group 1 winner Hartnell and the star mare of the land Alizee. The field has won about $30 million dollars in combined stakes, and now in what is the just the 2nd Group 1 runner for the Bowman stable, we are mixing it with the best and we are ready to take it right up to them.
Whatever the result, it is thrilling to have a horse good enough to run in this company. We are excited, the horse will run well, and with even luck, we will see if his best is brilliant enough to serve it up to the best horses in the land. Fingers crossed and we hope to see everyone out there for what might be an historic day.
Begood Toya Mother announced himself as a spring contender on Saturday with a dominant all the way win in the Listed Regal Roller Stakes. Regal Roller was famous for jumping straight to the front, dictating the pace, and winning well. This is exactly what Begood Toya Mother did on Saturday.
From barrier 8, Declan Bates pushed his mount straight to the lead where he maintained a strong gallop. With the passing of each furlong, it looked as if Begood Toya Mother was getting more and more comfortable. In the home straight, several Group performed horses loomed up to beat Begood Toya Mother, but one after the other, the gelding beat them off to win going away by 1.5 lengths.
This race was over the sprint trip of 1200m; however, the way Begood Toya Mother won indicates he will be more than comfortable over a little bit further in the coming weeks. This was the first black-type race this gelding has competed in, and he won with such authority that he now will no doubt be aimed at bigger races in the coming weeks. This also was the first win for the stable in Group or Listed races. The stable certainly has come a long way in our five years of training and to win a race like this, makes it all well worthwhile.
Congratulations to all the owners of this horse. We indeed are on a journey that has a long way to go - but after six wins in a row, we can take a minute to reflect on just how far we have come. Well done also to Declan Bates on the absolute perfect ride. Declan knows this horse so well, and he really gave nothing else in the race a chance. Stay tuned for updates regarding our stable star!