Standish Handicap 2016 Option for Boomwaa

A recent edition to the Caulfield stables of Henry Dwyer, Boomwaa races at Flemington Racecourse this weekend ahead of a possible 2016 Standish Handicap run back at the track on New Year’s Day.


Boomwaa runs at Flemington on Saturday trying to earn a black-type summer assignment in either the Christmas Stakes or Standish Handicap. Photo: Adrienne Bicknell.

Dwyer is weighing up Melbourne Summer Racing Carnival options for Mutawaajid four-year-old Boomwaa who debuted for him on November 28 when fading to cross eighth behind Written Up over 1200m at Moonee Valley.

The previously Robbie Laing-trained gelding won the Group 3 Maribyrnong Plate (1000m) down the Flemington straight back in 2013 but has won just once since back in December last year.

Dwyer hopes to uncover the winning formula with the sprinter this season starting with a second-up assignment on the weekend in the $90,000 Western Health Foundation Handicap (1200m), a race he strips fitter form than his Moonee Valley flop.

“We were trying to get a guide on how he races best and how best to prepare him,” Dwyer said of the first-up run.

“It didn’t pan out right in terms of having an underdone horse.

“They went really hard and he got taken on in front, plus he got in the wrong part of the track.

“It was a bit of a nothing run, but a good fitness builder.”

One of 15 in the mix for the sprint clash, Boomwaa is drawn wide in barrier 14 with Chris Symons staying on.

How he runs this weekend will determine whether Dwyer continues onto the $120,000 Listed Christmas Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield Racecourse on Boxing Day or saves the horse for a January 1 run in Flemington’s $150,000 Group 3 Standish Handicap (1200m).

“He’d have to find a couple of lengths on Saturday to warrant going there otherwise we’ll drop him back for a bit of a confidence booster in a ratings race,” Dwyer told AAP.

Another recent acquisition by Dwyer running at Flemington on Saturday is Precious Gem who is yet to have a start for him.

From Gwenda Johnstone, the six-year-old Econsul mare was well beaten last start when 13th home behind Solicit at Sandown on November 14 in the Group 3 Summoned Stakes (1500m).

She will be looking to atone in Race 4 on the Flemington card when jumping from barrier four in the $90,000 Building Engineering Trophy (1400m) before a possible black-type assignment later in the summer to try and boost her value as a broodmare.

“They were just keen to see if we could find her half a length and try and get a stakes win with her before she retires,” Dwyer said.

“She came to me in great order from the Johnstones but it’s not ideal taking on these mares because you’re on a hiding to nothing.

“We thought we’d try her in the city stable to start with and switch her to the country if needed, but she’s been bombproof since the day she arrived.”

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