Bow­man to bring the luck

The Sportsman Weekend - - News - SHAYNE O’CASS

HUGH Bow­man has in­flicted enough pain on the Hart­nell camp, now it’s pay­back time in to­mor­row’s $1m ATC Ep­som Hand­i­cap (1600m) when Winx’s jockey has the ride on Godol­phin’s triple Group 1 star.

Bow­man (and Winx) have a lop-sided tally of seven­nil over Hart­nell, a horse who, in any other era might have been a cham­pion.

Bow­man has Hart­nell ex­pe­ri­ence hav­ing rid­den the son of Au­tho­rized in

All-Aged Stakes when a highly cred­itable 1.8-len fourth to rul­ing Ever­est favourite Trapeze Artist.

A BMW win­ner over 2400m and Mel­bourne Cup placeget­ter, Hart­nell’s pres­ence in the Ep­som comes three weeks after his brave on-pace 0.6-len fourth in the Group 2 MVRC Dato Tan Chin Nam (1600m) at Moonee Val­ley.

“He was also en­tered for the Hill Stakes, but we thought he was nicely weighted here,” James Cum­mings said.

“We’re also hap­pier to keep him to the mile. It looks a bet­ter op­tion. He’s been sharp in his work, very strong.

“Third-up at this trip he’s go­ing to be right at the peak of his fit­ness and it would be great to see him win an­other good race.”

Godol­phin’s se­cond Ep­som hope­ful to­day is the Ir­ish-bred Duca Valenti­nois who boasts fea­ture mile wins in the Scone Cup and also Group 3 BRC Lord Mayor’s Cup Bris­bane when rid­den by Glyn Schofield who has the reins to­mor­row.

Duca Valenti­nois was un­lucky when forced down the track in the Group 2 ATC Tramway Stakes (1400m) prior to his 1.8-len fourth in the Group 3 ATC Bill Ritchie also over 1400m.

“He got smashed side­ways at his first run back,” Cum­mings said.

“Se­cond-up he showed more of the will­ing­ness he’s been show­ing us in his work this time in.”

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