GROUP one-winning galloper Begood Toya Mother will resume work this week for Warrnambool trainer Daniel Bowman, as the five-year-old prepares to run in rich Melbourne races in the autumn.
Begood Toya Mother scored a gutsy victory in the Rupert Clarke Stakes at Caulfield in September after winning the listed Regal Roller Stakes at the same track in August.
Possible starts in the $500,000 Orr Stakes and the $500,000 Futurity Stakes at Caulfield in February are on the drawing board for Begood Toya Mother.
"It's only early stages but we're looking at the Orr and Futurity Stakes in the autumn," Bowman said.
"Both are group races and you have to be at the top of your game to win races like them. I would say Begood Toya Mother has to improve a bit off from the spring to compete in the Orr and the Futurity. His first start in this preparation could be in the Australian Stakes at Moonee Valley in January."
Bowman said Begood Toya Mother's Rupert Clarke victory was a great boost for his stable.
"There's been plenty of interest from new owners after his win in the Rupert Clarke," he said.
"One of the great things about the success of Begood Toya Mother is so many people from Warrnambool are among the owners.
"We've got some nice young horses in the stable which is positive for the future."
Begood Toya Mother has won eight of 13 starts.
NEW Warrnambool Racing Club chief executive Tom O'Connor believes a strong foundation is in place for the ladies and tradies race day to be a success.
The club held its inaugural ladies and tradies meeting last Friday, replacing the old Oaks Day meeting.
"It was a very satisfying result," O'Connor said.
"There was plenty of interest from the public and members in the lead-up to the day. Our pre-sale tickets over the last month were positive. We had a good crowd considering the weather was not the best.
"We can look forward to next year with plenty of confidence as the major works to the Matilda Room will be complete. The meeting attracted a better class horse because we were offering a lot more prizemoney compared to our Oaks Day stakemoney."
Warrnambool hosts its big Jericho Cup meeting on December 1.
CAMPERDOWN-TRAINED mare Rondalago may be set for the Penshurst Cup on Boxing Day after her first-up victory in mares company at Geelong on Saturday.
Trainer Geoff Daffy said the win was a satisfying result.
"It was a nice win by Rondalago," Daffy said.
"She's been a very honest mare during her career. I'm confident there's a bit of improvement in her on the back of that win.
"She's eight years old but has been lightly raced due to different issues during her career. We may look at the Penshurst Cup or there could be a mares race at Moonee Valley in the future."
Rondalago took her stake earnings to more than $117,000 with her Geelong win.
WARRNAMBOOL trainer Jane Baker hopes Garbo will measure up to better races than a maiden at his home track.
Garbo broke his maiden status with an impressive victory, defeating Echo Boomer and Bloomin' Crafty over 1100 metres at Warrnambool last Friday.
Baker said the lightly raced four-year-old should develop into a good horse.
"I've had an opinion of him since I first started training Garbo," she said.
"He's had the seven runs for me and been consistent and very unlucky in a couple of starts. I made a mistake giving him an extra run or two in his last campaign.
"He's come back into work a lot stronger. We may look at running him in a midweek race in town in the near future."
From 12 starts, Garbo has won more than $31,000.
CONSISTENT Hamilton mare Jester Halo showed she's not far away from another win with a third when resuming in the $82,000 China Bowl at Ararat on Sunday.
Marcel From Madrid won the feature race with Revilis in second. Trainer Darren Kolpin was happy with the performance of Jester Halo.
"Taking all things into account I'm happy with her run," Kolpin said. "She needed the run and will derive great benefit from it.
"She had a good blow after the race but has pulled up well. I'm glad we missed the good mares races over the spring carnival in Melbourne. She's not up to that grade of mare but she's still very good. There should be a few nice metropolitan mares races over the next few months that will suit her."
Underrated jockey Dean Holland, who rode Jester Halo in the China Bowl, has put his hand up for city rides on the seven-year-old mare.
"Dean was excited with her run," Kolpin said. "He wants to ride her in town which is always a good sign with how she is going."
Jester Halo has won six of her 29 starts.
APPRENTICE jockey Emily Brown rode her first race winner at Penola on Sunday.
Brown, apprenticed to Warrnambool's Matthew Williams, was successful on the Sue Murphy-trained Longmire in a restricted race over 1700 metres.