Quin­ton and Bow­man to join forces with Ljung­berg

The Sportsman Weekend - - News - SHAYNE O’CASS

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.

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