The Sportsman Weekend
Dunn hoping Bowman can steer his Sub to victory
TRAINER Matthew Dunn would be only too happy for Hugh Bowman’s string of success in the Ming Dynasty Stakes to help send Subterranean on his way to even better races this spring.
Bowman’s last two Ming Dynasty winners set the precedent, namely Lion Tamer and Quick Thinker.
Bowman was having his first ride on the Murray Bakertrained Lion Tamer when they swept past their Trans-Tasman rivals to win the 2010 Ming Dynasty.
Four starts later, Baker, Bowman and the bay won the VRC Derby by a whopping six and a half lengths.
Nine years later, Bowman Baker reunited on Ming Dynasty day, winning with Quick Thinker who went to ATC Derby glory the following spring – sans Bowman.
Winx’s jockey is back at Kembla and back on Dunn’s classic contender Subterranean in the 2021 Ming Dynasty Quality (1400m) on what is certain to be
wettest track the son of Rebel Dane has yet seen.
“When he won Ken Russell the Gold Coast, it was probably worse than what they rated it,” Dunn told Sportsman.
“That track was almost heavy that day.”
Subterranean something of an eye-catcher when he resumed in the Group 3 Up And Coming Stakes (1300m) at Kembla two weeks ago crossing the line in fourth place with excuses.
“He didn’t get much space but he went really well. That race tightened him up really nicely,
is much fitter,” said Dunn. Subterranean is an increasingly valuable colt, his earning potential as a racehorse tied to where he stands and at what service fee.
Subterranean is far and away the best product of his sire Rebel Dane, himself a vastly underrated horse given status as a dual Group 1 winner.
As well as being from Rebel Dane’s first crop, Dunn’s colt is also the foal of his dam, Caves, a Darley-bred daughter of the recently deceased Preakness Stakes winner, Bernardini.
Subterranean gives away between three and five kilograms to his Ming Dynasty opponent on the weekend but it is worth noting benchmark rating is six points above the next highest rated horse and a full 14 more than the lowest.