Trainer Daniel Bowman hopes Group 1 winner Begood Toya Mother will justify a Brisbane winter campaign on Saturday at Caulfield.
The 1400m specialist, last seen at the races in October, has gone eight starts without success since his 2019 Rupert Clarke Stakes triumph.
It is hoped a light weight and change of racing style, having taught the gelding to settle in the run, will bring out the best in the popular Warrnambool-trained galloper.
“Sick of him leading and being a sitting duck and getting chopped up all the time,” Bowman said ahead of the wide open Group 3 Victoria Handicap.
“We’re trying to get him to be a little kinder to himself and finish off his races a bit stronger.”
Begood Toya Mother is a $16 TAB outsider, with the likes of Pretty Brazen ($7), Age Of Chivalry ($8) and Riddle Me That ($8.50) likely to contest favouritism.
All-Star Mile runners Mr Quickie ($9) and Still A Star ($10) drop back in distance, while So Si Bon ($11) and Greyworm ($11) should be fighting out the finish also.
“It’s probably more a Group 2,” Bowman said.
“Looking forward to it, first time he’s (Begood Toya Mother) been down in the weights for a while so he’ll enjoy that, not carrying 60-62 he was carrying during COVID.”
Trainer Daniel Bowman gets a kiss from mum after winning the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes. Picture: AAPSource:AAP
Begood Toya Mother surged through his grades in 2019, winning seven of eight starts from a Benchmark 64 at Warrnambool to the Group 1 Rupert Clark at Caulfield.
But lacklustre 2020 autumn and spring campaigns forced Bowman’s hand to change things up.
“We got to try it, we keep doing the same thing and keep getting the same results,” Bowman said.
“We gave him a good break after the spring and built him up for these races coming up and potentially a Queensland campaign … for the Kingsford Smith and Stradbroke.
“We found the year before the turnaround (to the autumn) was a bit quick from the spring.”
Begood Toya Mother has adapted nicely to the new pattern, working behind stablemates instead of leading them up, but Bowman cannot be confident until he sees it under race conditions.
“Those horses that have that free rolling, run them into the ground style, don‘t have long careers and that’s not what we want,” Bowman said.
“We want to try and get more longevity out of him so in order to do that we got to try and get him to race a bit kinder.
“Trying to get him to switch off a bit more, hopefully come Saturday we can do that and don‘t look like geeks doing it.
“He’s in great order, looks great, seems to be enjoying his work again and doing everything right at home, so it’s just a matter of him going to the races now and doing it on race day.”
Originally published asBowman: It would Begood to win again
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