Jockey Hugh Bowman is getting on board with trainer Chris Waller’s confidence in race favourite Catkins who is in odds-on territory to win the 2015 Breeders Classic at Rosehill Gardens this Saturday.
Waller is full of praise for his Dubawi mare Catkins leading into her resuming run in Sydney’s $175,000 Group 2 NSW Thoroughbred Breeders Classic (1200m) where Ladbrokes.com.au have her top of the markets at $1.90 to win.
Bowman, who vies for a century of Sydney winners this season, also wouldn’t swap the five-year-old for any other horse in the race, even with Catkins drawn wide in barrier nine of 10 for the mares-only showdown.
The hoop leads the current Sydney Jockeys’ Premiership on 53 wins and is confident he can become the 12th jockey to have won at least 100 Sydney races in a season, the first since Hall Of Fame inductee Darren Beadman who rode a record 164 back in 2006-07.
Catkins is certainly looking in Bowman’s eyes, and the bookies’, as his best chance to add to his tally this weekend and add to his strong record aboard the classy grey mare.
“I rode her at Caulfield (third in the Tristarc Stakes) and I thought she was at least three lengths below her best,” Bowman told The Daily Telegraph.
“Then I watched her in the Myer Classic at Flemington and she was under the pump at the 300m, but fought hard and was beaten a length and a half.
“I’ve ridden her in both her barrier trials last month and she has felt really good.”
She boasts an outstanding record at the track (11-5-3-1), over the distance (9-5-2-0), and is also a two time winner and two timer runner-up from six previous 1200m runs at Rosehill.
Also playing into the favourite’s favour is that she has won five of her seven first-up runs and resumes racing here having last been seen running third to Bonaria in the Group 1 Myer Classic (1600m) at Flemington on Derby Day in November.
That was her fourth straight third place finish during the spring including her Group 3 Sheraco Staeks (1200m) victory over the same track and distance she sees first-up on Saturday.
There are only three other single figure hopes in the latest Breeders Classic odds at Ladbrokes.com.au too with the next best fancied being Mihiri at $7.
The Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes-trained More Than Ready four-year-old has run top two in her four most recent starts and comes off a 1200m win at Randwick in a Benchmark 80 for fillies and mares late last month.
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