BEGOOD Toya Mother showed a second placing at his debut run at Donald was no fluke winning a $22,000 maiden plate at Echuca on Saturday for Warrnambool trainer Daniel Bowman.
The aptly named Begood Toya Mother hung on to defeat Penthouse Playboy and Trerice in the 1600 metre race.
Bowman said the son of Myboycharlie was racing on raw ability.
“Begood Toya Mother did a lot wrong running second at his Donald debut,” he said.
“He did the same winning at Echuca but there’s lots of upside to him. He’s racing with a baby brain, when it all drops he should develop into a nice horse.”
Bowman, who parted with $28,000 to purchase Begood Toya Mother at the Magic Millions Yearling Sales in Adelaide, takes no credit for the naming of the three-year-old colt.
“I’ve got to acknowledge my brother Marcus for naming him,” Bowman said. “I think everyone can relate to the naming of Begood Toya Mother. It’s a really catchy name. I don’t want to rush the horse. The win is a great result for some locals who are in the ownership of the horse.”
Begood Toya Mother’s stablemate Day On The Drink ran third in a maiden plate at Bendigo on Friday.
“We travelled both horses up to Bendigo on Friday before travelling over to Echuca on Saturday,” he said. “We’ve found travelling horses away toughens them up. Day On The Drink is ready to win a maiden. Begood Toya Mother and Day On The Drink are among other young horses we’ve got in the stable. We’ve got a really nice team of young horses coming through.”
WARRNAMBOOL trainer Peter Chow was noticeable in his absence from watching Robbie’s Star win a high-weight race at his home track on Sunday.
Chow, a passionate Essendon fan, was watching the Bombers tackle Collingwood at the MCG.
“I had booked tickets for the Essendon and Collingwood clash weeks ago,” he said.
“It was a shame the Bombers couldn’t win but it’s a great result Robbie’s Star won. He loves wet tracks and got the conditions to suit. I thought he would be hard to beat. I may send him around in the jumps trials at Warrnambool on Tuesday. I’ve been impressed at how well he jumps. The added bonus is he loves wet tracks.”
Robbie’s Star took his stake earnings to more than $135,000.
CLAYTON Douglas has emerged as a star jumps jockey following three feature wins this season but Warrnambool-based Darryl Horner is also making great headway in the sport.
Horner booted home three winners on the eight-race card at Warrnambool on Sunday. He was successful on the Eric Musgrove trained Marilisa in a maiden hurdle and John Monash won a maiden steeplechase. Horner showed his versatility in riding Robbie’s Star to win a high-weight race.
POLICE Camp stamped himself as a genuine Grand Annual Steeplechase contender for next season with a third placing in the Thackeray Steeplechase at Warrnambool on Sunday, according to his trainer Simon Ryan.
“I was very impressed with his effort in the Thackeray,” Ryan said. “Gold A Plenty and I’ll’ava’alf are two handy jumpers. My bloke did a lot wrong but still battled on. I think he could develop into a nice Annual horse. We may give him another jumps run or two this season before tipping him out for a break to get him ready for next year’s Annual.”
Ryan’s mare Evanesce, who was well backed to win a maiden hurdle, just hung on to defeat Beyond Thankful in the 3200 metre race.
“It was a gutsy win,” he said.
SYMON WILDE’S star sprinter Inn Keeper may run in the group 3 Monash Stakes at Caulfield on Saturday. Wilde said he could be throwing Inn Keeper in at the deep end but he believes the galloper deserves a chance in better class races.
“I’ve got my fingers crossed we’ll have a heavy track and draw a nice barrier for the Monash,” he said. “I had thought of running Inn Keeper at Flemington last Saturday but the track was going to be too good. Inn Keeper needs wet ground to show his best.”
The four-year-old has won seven of his nine starts.
Meanwhile, Wilde was happy with the fourth placing of Straight Jacket in a maiden hurdle at Warrnambool.
“Straight Jacket is very versatile,” he said. “I think with time he will develop into a handy jumper. This year is all about an educational process for Straight Jacket. He will come back next year a better jumper.”
CIARON Maher has entered a staggering 73 yearlings for next years $1.5 million Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes at Caulfield in February. The Melbourne Racing Club received a record 1688 nominations for the classic over 1200 metres compared to the previous best of 1472 entries.
Top juvenile trainers David and Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig once again top the list of nominators with 143, the training partnership having already yielded more than 60 individual two-year-old winners so far this season. Other leading nominators included Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott (106), global giants Godolphin (100), Tony McEvoy (89) and two-time Blue Diamond Stakes winning trainer Mick Price (79). Warrnambool trainer Symon Wilde has entered two yearlings for the race.
WHO TO FOLLOW
MOUNT HOREB: forget he ran at Gawler on Saturday. He just had no luck in the 1200 metre race. He will be hard to beat at nice odds in a restricted race next time.
REMEMBER THE NAME: finished a 1600 metre race off in good fashion at Flemington. She looks a promising type. Don’t drop off her.
MOUNT KILCOY: been unlucky at his last two runs. He’s due for a change in luck and with that a win should be the result.
MOSS ‘N’ DALE: top performance to run second in the Winter Championship Final after drawing a wide barrier. Punters can keep on following him with confidence.