One of Australia’s premier jockeys Hugh Bowman has opted to leave a ride aboard dual Stradbroke Handicap winner Black Piranha for their second-up run in the 2011 Chelmsford Stakes at Randwick this Saturday, the hoop opting instead to take the mount on the Chris Waller-trained My Kingdom Of Fife.
Black Piranha and My Kingdom Of Fife, both elite level winners, were two of the 20 horses nominated for the $175,000 Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes (1600m) when entries for the weight-for-age feature were taken by Racing NSW on Monday.
Having partnered with Con Karakatsanis’ veteran Clag gelding Black Piranha four times over the past 12 months, including their third to Beaded in the Group 1 Doomben 10,000 (1350m) during the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival, Bowman also rode Black Piranha for their game first-up fourth behind Pinwheel in the Group 2 Warwick Stakes (1400m) on August 20.
Despite the nice association, Bowman will be aboard Chelmsford Stakes rival My Kingdom Of Fife this Saturday for the Queen Elizabeth Stakes winner’s resuming run.
Rosehill-based Karakatsanis, a former jockey himself, said that harboured no hard feelings over Bowmen’s decision.
“I totally understand Hugh’s situation,” Karakatsanis said.
“I rode myself and sometimes I had to get off one horse to ride another.
“Looking for the future, if Hugh doesn’t get on (My Kingdom Of Fife) now he probably won’t get on him again in the spring.
“I was aware of the situation (with Bowman) last week.
“A jockey who can ride him one week and not the other is no good to me.
“If it was a midweek or a country race I wouldn’t be so worried but when you are planning for Group Ones I don’t want to be chopping and changing.”
Waller’s star import was last seen running a close second behind Scenic Shot in the Group 1 Doomben Cup (2020m) on May 21, My Kingdom Of Fife now on a spring campaign likely targeting the $3 million Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley on October 22.
The latest Cox Plate 2011 odds at Luxbet on My Kingdom Of Fife are paying $21, that price likely to firm should they take out the Chelmsford Stakes.
Formerly owned by Queen Elizabeth II, Kingmambo six-year-old My Kingdom Of Fife has been one of the best backed and most watched horses since their shock win as a $150 outsider for their Australian debut in the Group 3 Doncaster Mile Prelude (1600m) at Randwick on April 9.
While My Kingdom Of Fife is undoubtedly the top-line entry for the Chelmsford Stakes along with Melbourne Cup runner-up Maluckyday and Doncaster Mile winner Sacred Choice, Black Piranha won’t be without their fans in the Luxbet Saturday race markets.
The eight-year-old has a strong record at Royal Randwick that includes two Group 1 seconds from their five attempts, all at elite level at the course, in the 2009 George Main Stakes and Doncaster Mile.
Karakatsanis is remaining calm ahead of the Chelmsford Stakes despite having to change jockeys, Matthew Palmer booked for the ride.
The Brisbane-based Palmer is also engaged for Black Piranha’s other spring starts in the $350,000 Group 1 George Main Stakes (1600m) at Randwick on September 17 during the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival.
“Matthew rode him against Black Caviar in the BTC Cup (when fifth) and he did everything I asked him to do on the horse,” Karakatsanis said.
Karakatsanis is also confident that Black Piranha will have come on since their first-up in the Warwick Stakes, rating them a genuine Chelmsford Stakes chance.
“Warwick Farm was never really going to be his track,” Karakatsanis said.
“He is racing now like ne needs the mile.”
The 2011 Chelmsford Stakes field and barriers will be published first here at Races.com.au once released later this week.
For the hottest Saturday horse racing odds in both Sydney and Melbourne this Saturday, and for access to the best futures markets on the upcoming Group Ones including the Cox Plate, visit Luxbet.