Bowerman on course for Finals Day

Ascot and Royal Hunt Cup could also beckon after fine effort in France.

  • Thursday 20 February
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Ado McGuinness is looking forward to All-Weather Finals Day for Bowerman after his narrow defeat in France last weekend.

The former Roger Varian inmate has thrived in his new surroundings and had already won twice at Dundalk this winter before heading to Cagnes-sur-Mer on Saturday.

McGuinness was thrilled with the six-year-old’s performance in the fast-track qualifier there.

He said: “We were very happy.

“I was a little bit concerned, because the surface there would be quicker than what he’s used to at Dundalk, but he travelled on it very well.

“He’s 100 per cent sound after it – we couldn’t fault the run.

“We went via the tunnel both ways, because we could see there might be a problem with the weather. Getting out of Dublin was our biggest problem.”

It is all eyes on Lingfield at Easter for Bowerman after his French excursion.

“We’ll give him an entry over a mile and a mile and a quarter on Good Friday,” added McGuinness.

“We’ll expect him to run a big race if he gets there fit and well.

“He’s still lightly raced. Of course, he had problems as a younger horse, but that is how I come about these horses.

“I have to take a chance – otherwise, I can’t afford them. Some work out, some don’t – this guy has.”

Bowerman may have a busy summer too.

McGuinness added: “I’m very pleased for the owners (Total Recall Racing Club). They’ve been very lucky – I think they’ve had 26 winners with me, and they only have one horse a year.

“Come the summer, he’s five or six pounds lower and he looks a Royal Hunt Cup horse to me. We’ll target those bigger handicaps, but I don’t think he’s a Galway horse. We might even go back to France with him.”

Bowerman on course for Finals Day
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