Bowman to Gallop Horses Quarantined at Werribee
A United Kingdom or a U.S. import could possibly be hauling Hugh Bowman around Flemington and Caulfield for the Cups in October and November.
That Brit is Marmelo and the horse’s connections are attempting to have Bowman come to Werribee for a ride on the currently quarantined horse ahead of a decision on who will take the reins for Marmelo.
The five-year-old bay horse by Ireland’s Duke of Marmalade (we like this fellow already) from Great Britain’s Capriolla does not do a lot of work. He has run 10 times for three wins, four seconds and one third, so he has shown the ability to finish toward the head of the group winning at distances ranging from 2414 to 3000 metres.
He has won at Group 2 and Group 3 quality, mainly at Deauville in France. He was carrying 59 kg when he won the 3000 m Prix Kergorlay on August 20, jumping favourite at $3.80 in a field of four.
Bowman may trial another import as well, the other being Red Cardinal, who is also in the process of shedding the jet lag from the trip over from the U.K. Of Marmelo and Red Cardinal, the latter seems the more accomplished of the two, having earned more in terms of prizemoney from the same number of races and having run unplaced in only one race. The five-year-old gelding’s most recent win was the Group 3 Belmont Gold Cup (3219 m) at Belmont Park in the U.S., but Marmelo got the better of him when the two went head-to-head in the Prix Kergorlay.
Thomas Pirie, who chaperoned Marmelo for trainer Hughie Morrison, said, “Hugh Bowman is a prospect of coming and having a sit on him so perhaps in the next week or so we’ll think about having a gallop,” Pirie said. “Nothing too stressful, but we might do a little bit of sharper work.”