Bow­man to have a day out

The Sportsman Midweek - - Wyong Preview -

NOTE: RACES are as­sessed for a Good 4. All horses con­sid­ered starters un­less no­ti­fied by Mon­day at 1 PM. (N/R) de­notes no rat­ing.

RACE 1

THE Snow­den’s could quinella this race with their two run­ners 3. ESTROVERTO (N/R) and 10. SNIPPETSEED who are vaguely sim­i­lar horses in that they had two runs each at their first cam­paigns, then went out, have come and tri­alled twice re­spec­tively. Estroverto is a Greg and Donna Ko­livos colt by Pierro out of their own mul­ti­ple Group win­ning mare Ma­jes­tic Mu­sic. This colt will get 2000m eas­ily, maybe 2400m too, so 1400m firstup is the best pos­si­ble trip for him. As for Snip­pet­speed, he is a $105,000 Inglis Clas­sic year­ling. He was fourth to sub­se­quent Mel­bourne Cup day stakeswin­ner Po­hutukawa on de­but at Hawkes­bury then was a neck se­cond in town at the mid­weeks. Was most im­pres­sive when he won that 1100m trial at Can­ter­bury by 2.3-lens on Nov 13. 6. KASHIWA (N/R) is a Chris Waller/Denise Martin geld­ing who has been an eye catcher in three of his four runs in­clud­ing his Rand­wick sixth to Nordi­cus on Cup Day.

RACE 2

THERE are some fil­lies here that will go well be­yond the mid­weeks in time. Chris Waller has five of the 11 here in­clud­ing my best bet – 11. WORD FOR

WORD (N/R) – but she is long odds to run from that bar­rier. I have seen the camp scratch for less. A lit­tle about her any­way for the record, she is a $200,000 Easter year­ling who was bred in part­ner­ship by An­thony Cum­mings. An­thony’s fa­ther, Bart, trained the sire So You Think while An­thony trained the dam Wordplay who split Savvy Na­ture and Happy Clap­per in the Group 3 Spring Stakes. She is also a half to An­thony’s dual

1 win­ner Five­an­da­half­s­tar. Tri­alled like a good filly this one, very good! If she stays home, then I am more than happy to be with the sta­ble­mate 6. RE EDIT (N/R) is also stakes class IMO. She is a $340,000 Kat­sumi Yoshida (Delta Blues, etc) Easter buy with 3 X 3 dou­ble cross of Sadler’s Wells. Her dam is by High Cha­parral, the se­cond dam is a sis­ter to Mil­i­tary Plume. Both she and Word For Word will be 1600m+ fil­lies and mares later on but they are just so classy. 4. JAZETTE (N/R) was beaten by a wide bar­rier on de­but at Can­ter­bury. She went back so as not to be three wide but it was too far back as it turned out. Got home re­ally well over the last bit. 7. SIZ­ZLING ACE (N/R) is a ma­jor player if she ac­tu­ally runs from that gate.

RACE 3

CHRIS Waller could have a big day at the Farm to­mor­row. I like him to win three in-a-row, this be­ing mid­dle leg as it were. Waller has two here namely 1. SURE KNEE (65) and 3. SE­LES (60) and that is my or­der but it could go the other way, given that Se­les has had the run back and won – and won re­ally well. As for Sure Knee, she was ex­cel­lent at the first prepa­ra­tion. Kicked off with a fast clos­ing fourth to Ready To Prophet (led) then 20 days later Sure Knee leads and hangs on to win by a nose. That’s both runs at War­wick Farm. She hasn’t tri­alled but she worked with the Hong Kong bound Comin’ Through in an ex­hi­bi­tion gal­lop on Kens­ing­ton Track last Thurs­day and looked good. Se­les mean­while cake from 10th of 11 to win at New­cas­tle over 1200m on Nov 3. Just fol­lowed the field around in a Nov 21 trial here. Kris Lees has the grey 8. TARTUFO BIANCO (53) com­ing to town for the first time. She prob­a­bly should have won on de­but at New­cas­tle, then she did win Ta­ree and was last seen fin­ish­ing a dis­ap­point­ing ninth of 13 at Tun­curry. Tri­alled twice since, the last one was very good be­hind Star Crossed. No knock at all on 2. THE ART OF THE BAR (63) who should lead and be very hard to run down. That was a su­per win at Kem­bla on Cup Day.

RACE 4

CHRIS Waller has four of the 11 here too mi­nus any scratch­ings that come on race morn­ing. I think he will go one-two again but my one-two is not go­ing to be the mar­ket’s choice I am sure. I have 6. DEVIL’S LAIR (64) ahead of the sta­ble­mate 3. MISS SHANTI (73). Devil’s Lair is a very typ­i­cal Pierro to look at. This is his fifth run of the cam­paign so it is safe to say he is very fit. His form this prepa­ra­tion in­cludes a 1.5-lens fourth to 1. GODUNOV (71) and a third Keep Up who won the Cess­nock Cup last Wed­nes­day at New­cas­tle. That said, Miss Shanti has much deeper form again; Sava­cool, Sky Boy and then there is her easy win over Rapture Miss on Oct 31 on the Kens­ing­ton track. She is down in class but up in weight – 59.5kg over 2130m is not an easy task by any means. The afore­men­tioned Godunov was good at Can­ter­bury the other night and he’ll stay all day. If there is a scratch­ing and 11. MO­MEN­TUM TO WIN (58) made the start, I would cer­tainly be keep­ing an eye on what he pay­ing for the place, he’s just that sort of horse that bobs up some­where in these deadly War­wick Farm mid­week stay­ing races.

RACE 5

I HOPE bar­rier 1 doesn’t beat 10. LADY EL­IZ­A­BETH (59). It might, it’s the worst pos­si­ble draw but I guess she goes back (as she was go­ing to any­way) and Kathy O’Hara has de­cide, up the rails for luck or come around them. Hope­fully they just open up her and she can dive through the gap. Look, who knows what will hap­pen but I am pretty con­fi­dent she is there to run a good race. The typ­i­cal Magic Al­bert mare has a mislead­ing first-up record of 3s 0-0-0. She’s prob­a­bly clocked the best sec­tion­als ev­ery time. Ja­son Coyle has given her two tri­als and they were both re­ally good. Re­sumes at home with a light weight com­pared to some of her ri­vals. Coyle’s big ob­sta­cles are Cum­mings and Waller, specif­i­cally 5. TANIKO (66) and 6. BELLA SUC­CESS (66). Godol­phin mate Taniko was some­thing licked at Can­ter­bury the other night. Noth­ing the Gun could do about it, it hap­pens in this sport but let’s just mark her down as ‘un­beaten’ this cam­paign. As for Bella Suc­cess, she is a Sat­ur­day class mare re­sum­ing at the mid­weeks. Goes well fresh, tri­alled very nicely, James McDon­ald rides – a few of these will need some tempo on – here’s hop­ing there is.

RACE 6

6. DE­PRIVE (70) is a good horse. There is bit of X-fac­tor about him, his 2 wins have both been above those the usual mid­weeker. Got way too far back at MV when he went down then in March and wrapped up the brief cam­paign with a clos­ing fifth the VOBIS Dash. You know he is go­ing to get back from 10 to­mor­row and I am wor­ried that might miss the boat over 1000m but if Hugh Bow­man can get the tim­ing right, I do think he’ll charge over the top and ar­rive late. A nose will – not greedy. Oh by way what a trial! Speak­ing of tri­als, avid watch­ers will have been wait­ing for 11. LEGERITY (65) to make his long awaited ‘de­but’ for the Clare Cun­ning­ham sta­ble. The son of Snitzel last raced at Gil­gan­dra on Jan 7 when bolt­ing in by al­most 4-lens for the cham­pion bloke Peter Nestor who is now en­joy­ing re­tire­ment but is still in the own­er­ship of this geld­ing. Like I said, those trial wins have been great. 4. SIKHING GLORY (74) was off a long break when a highly cred­itable third to Bon Amis in Nov 10 Rose­hill 1100m Bm78. All four of this fel­low’s win are at 1000m and one of them was his only start here at home where he ran 56.90s – that’s quick!

RACE 7

KEMENTARI’S three-quar­ter­brother 3. RE­GENT (69) has been the Black Booker at each and ev­ery one of his three runs this time in. I just hope that he isn’t the horses al­ways looks amaz­ing over the last 200m but never wins. I am not say­ing he is that, be­cause I like him so much here to­mor­row given that swaps those three 1300m runs for 1400m at War­wick Farm and has the blink­ers on and has tri­alled like he was Kementari! Again, and a lot like De­prive, he is go­ing to need per­fectly timed ride by Bow­man or both horses will flash home but lose. 9. CO­TERIE (69) is a Ger­ald Ryan-trained three­year-old by Your Song with the rock solid record of 7s 2-2-1 and was 1-len fourth here to Royal Cel­e­bra­tion at the un­placed run. Co­terie met up with

again as re­cently as Nov 10 and was a mere 0.2-len be­hind him we know that he (Royal Cel­e­bra­tion) has The Au­tumn Sun form so if it’s not draw­ing too long a bow, then so does Co­terie. If there was a blow out here, I am con­vinced it is 13. SCHOOL­MATES (59) who mere Wy­ong Maiden win­ner at this stage, not flash for a $310,000 Red­oute’s Choice/ EDL mare year­ling but maybe he’s late ma­turer, I don’t know, but I tell you what, his 0.2-len se­cond in a Nov 10 trial to – wait for it, Re­gent … no less, was pretty darn com­pelling me any­way.

Hugh Bow­man has a great book of rides at War­wick Farm.

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