Bowman edges ahead of Brown at Canterbury
Corey Brown’s efforts to pull back Hugh Bowman’s lead in the Sydney jockeys’ premiership have once again been thwarted at Canterbury.
An early winning double by Brown on Thursday was countered by three wins from Bowman who stretched his lead to nine.
Brown rode the consistent Toulon Bay to win the Freeway Republic Beer Handicap (1900m) and claimed the Freeway Hotel Super TAB Maiden (1200m) on Pagoreni.
Bowman’s winners came in successive races on Bay Window in the Freeway’s Friday Lunch Handicap (1550m), Beyonce’s Star in the Ruse Tavern Handicap (1250m) and the aptly-named The Invincible One in the Freeway’s Great Steaks Handicap (1250m).
The Gwenda Markwell-trained four-year-old Bay Window racked up his third win from nine starts which have also netted four second placings.
“He is still not mentally there yet but he is a nice horse,” Markwell said.
“We will probably wait until next preparation to step him up over a distance.
“He is bred to go further.”
Earlier trainer Paul Messara unveiled a promising blueblood in Rogano who led all the way to win the Freeway Hotel Artarmon Handicap (1100m) for two-year-olds with last season’s premier jockey Blake Shinn the pilot.
A full brother to Not A Single Doubt, Rogano beat Will To Win by 2-1/2 lengths.
Messara’s father John is the principal of Arrowfield Stud which races Rogano and stands Not A Single Doubt who has made a great start to his career with eight winners so far in his freshman season.
“He’s a very talented horse and is one of the more talented horses in my stable,” Messara said.
“I wasn’t sure how he would handle the heavy track today but he got through it very well.
“We’re taking our time with him.
“He may have another start or a short break and come back for the spring races.”
Brown and Bowman will both be in action at Saturday’s Rosehill meeting.
Bowman will ride Nuclear Sky in his defence of the Winter Cup (2400m) with Brown to partner Victorian challenger Naadji in the feature.
By Caryl Williamson