Despite having ridden the Gai Waterhouse-trained Spurtonic to victory in the Magic Millions Cup last time out, jockey Hugh Bowman will this weekend jump off him in favour of a ride aboard That’s A Good Idea in Randwick’s 2015 Carrington Stakes.
One of two black-types held at Sydney’s Royal Randwick on the weekend, this year’s $100,000 Listed Carrington Stakes (1400m) drew 13 early entries with nominations extended until 11am on Tuesday morning.
There’s plenty of talent set to line-up in the handicap clash too including Waterhouse’s aforementioned Magic Millions Cup winner Spurtonic and the Peter & Paul Snowden-trained That’s A Good Idea.
A five-year-old son of Flying Spur, That’s A Good Idea has won two of his five starts at the track and comes off a nice second at Gosford from January 9.
There he crossed only a nostril flare away second behind Ball Of Muscle in the Listed Takeover Target Stakes (1200m), an effort connections are hoping he can improve on when stepped up in distance on Saturday.
Over the 1400m that he sees again in the Carrington Stakes the seven-time winning gelding boasts a good record of two victories from three starts.
For his two most recent runs, the Takeover Target and a disappointing eighth to Barbed in the Listed Canterbury Classic (1200m), Bowman has had the ride.
He has chosen to retain his association with the horse despite having also been impressed with the Magic Millions effort of Spurtonic who broke a winning drought going back to October 2013.
“The improvement That’s A Good Idea showed from his run in the Canterbury Classic (eighth of 11) to his effort at Gosford in the Takeover Target, which was the day before Spurtonic, was huge and I just feel he’s ready to peak third-up,” Bowman told The Courier-Mail on Monday.
“He’s a horse that’s capable of running a fast time and I reckon he’s ready to do that this weekend.”
The only thing that could work against That’s A Good Idea in the Carrington Stakes however is the possibility of a wet Sydney track.
He has had four runs on Soft-rated ground for just one third place finish and failed on his only Heavy track start to date.
“He’s nowhere near as good in the wet but I’m yet to work out how to control the weather,” Bowman said.
“Learning how to control the weather … now That’s A Good Idea!”
Bowman currently leads the Sydney Jockeys’ Premiership having ridden a winner every 4.7 rides since the start of the season with his form since coming back from Hong Kong last year having reached another level.
The 2015 Carrington Stakes field is due out on Wednesday so stay tuned.
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