Townsville run­ner claims Bowen Cup

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

RAC­ING

TOWNSVILLE’S Al­dren has won this year’s XXXX Gold Bowen Cup in an ex­hil­a­rat­ing fin­ish.

The four-year-old geld­ing from John Erichsen’s sta­bles col­lected $10,400 at the Bowen Turf Club on Satur­day, win­ning the 1810m race by just 0.1 of a length over Mushatta (trained by John Manzel­mann).

Coco Dubawi (Bryan Dixon) was just another 0.1 of a length be­hind, but Al­dren and jockey Peter Cullen were the toast of the five race card.

“Even though it was a close race there’s a lot of dif­fer­ence be­tween run­ning sec­ond and com­ing first that makes you try harder,” Cullen said. “I’m very pleased with the out­come. The own­ers are good friends and that just make you put in 100 per cent.”Cullen said Al­dren would go for a spell, but ear­marked the Bowen Cup win­ner for a re­turn next year.

The win was the geld­ing’s fifth ca­reer vic­tory, in­clud­ing two firsts in Townsville just two months ago.

Pre-race favourite Bracko Mick (John Manzel­mann) fin­ished fourth after start­ing the race at $2.80, while Bluey’s Es­cape ran well from bar­rier 12 to fin­ish fifth.

Blowin’ Your Mind, King of the For­est, Carbini Coni, Stop Cry­ing and Like­fa­ther­like­son rounded out the field.

WIN­NERS: Claire Tooth from co-spon­sors XXXX Gold, train­ers and co-own­ers Jack and Caro­line Erichsen with their horse Al­dren, Ryan Lang­ford from co-spon­sors Tel­stra, sta­ble-hand Ray Fitzger­ald, and Greg Mo­ri­anos and Trent Fowler from XXXX Gold dur­ing Satur­day’s Bowen Cup pre­sen­ta­tions.

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