Top Aussie hoop Hugh Bowman has a strong book of rides on Zipping Classic Day at Melbourne’s Sandown Racecourse this Saturday including aboard the Bart Cummings-trained up-and-comer Lunar Rise in the 2012 Sandown Guineas.
The smart Starcraft gelding has won three of their eight starts to date, most recently taking out the Group 3 Inglis Carbine Club Stakes (1600m) at Flemington on Victoria Derby Day with Bowman in the saddle.
Bowman was also aboard for Lunar Rise’s fourth to It’s A Dundeel in the Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) at Royal Randwick last month and believes they have improvement in them heading into the $350,000 Group 2 Sandown Guineas (1600m) on the weekend despite their awkward barrier 14 (of 16) draw.
“He won really well dropping back to a mile last start and I was pretty impressed with him,” Bowman said.
“He was aided by a strong pace that day and will need a bit of luck on Saturday because he’s drawn a wide barrier.
“But he’s an improving type of horse.”
In the Carbine Club Stakes Lunar Rise was able to beat home the Peter Snowden-trained Tatra by a long neck but in the latest Sandown Guineas betting markets they are the $4.80 second pick behind Tatra ($4.60).
The only other single-figure fancy in the Sandown Guineas odds is then Tatra’s stablemate Proverb ($5.50) who was a length and a half away third in the Carbine last time out, Snowden having enjoyed a strong run in the race recently.
He won in 2008 with Caymans and 2009 with Kidnapped before Chasse ran a brave second to Pressday in 2010 and Galah was beaten by a mere neck by So Swift 12 months ago in a photo finish for the trifecta.
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