Quinton and Bowman to join forces with Ljungberg
RON Quinton has had a few good apprentices in his time, none better than Hugh Bowman.
Bowman was the first Champion Sydney Apprentice of the 21 Century winning 1999/2000 title with a sizeable 56.5 wins.
Bowman has gone on to win the seniors Jockeys title and his exploits with the great mare Winx will no doubt see him one-day join Quinton in Racing Hall Of Fame. It’s not often Bowman and
join forces on the racetrack these days but it will happen tomorrow at Kensington when progressive three-year-old Ljungberg contests the ATC 2019 Membership Handicap (1300m).
“You can’t normally get Hughie but I was fortunate enough to secure his services with Andrew (Adkins) out sick, so that was a bonus,” Quinton said.
“I struggle to get him because sometimes you haven’t got good enough horses for either but it was handy to get hold of him for Ljungberg.”
It wouldn’t have taken much convincing, Bowman only need to have watched the replay of Ljungberg’s brave first-up win on the heavy 8 at Canterbury on December 14.
“It was a good win, albeit it was only maiden but he drew 8 of 8 and had to travel bit wide but Andrew rode him very well, rode him patiently and that’s what you’ve got to do with him. You have to get switch off then he can use that turn of foot,” Quinton said.
“He has always shown us a bit of ability and could always gallop a bit. He has done terrific since he won. had a nice little break between his first and second runs (this campaign) which is what I always like to do.”
Ljungberg was a short at $15 to win next weekend’s Magic Millions 3YO Guineas at the Gold Coast but won’t be making trip north with Quinton eyeing off some Sydney autumn carnival races instead.
The unofficial feature on the card, the ATC Kensington Handicap (1500m) brong together six of 10 runners from the ATC December Handicap (1400m) at Warwick Farm two weeks ago including race winner, Sir Bacchus and the runner-up Spectroscope.
took his earnings past the half million dollar mark recording his eighth career win from start number 30.
Trainer Ron Quinton is confident Ljungberg will be hard to beat.