Bowman to bring the luck
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.”