The Group 3 Bow Mistress Trophy is held in Tasmania in early February.
It is run in the Hobart suburb of Glenorchy at Tattersall’s Park. The course is possibly better known as Elwick Racecourse, at least that is what is was called prior to naming rights being given to Tattersall’s.
Bow Mistress Trophy Race Details
Race Distance: 1200m
Prize Money: $150,000
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When Is The Bow Mistress Trophy: 9/2/24
What Time Is The Bow Mistress Trophy: TBA
Where Is The Bow Mistress Trophy: Hobart Racecourse
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More Details About The Bow Mistress Trophy
Most people simply refer to the venue as Hobart Racecourse.
The trip for the race is 1200 metres. Runners are restricted to fillies and mares aged three years and above. The running conditions are weight-for-age.
Prizemoney for the race is $150,000, as of 2023.
The winner of the last jump in 2022 was Zoushine.
A 2017 filly by Zoustar from Ravenous Lass has made 19 jumps for four wins and 5 placings for earnings above $325,000.
The Tasmanian Racing Club is the administrators of the Bow Mistress Trophy. The race is usually held on the same day as the Tasmanian Derby and the Stutt Stakes, both of which are Listed grade.
History of the Bow Mistress Trophy
The race made its debut in 2006.
It is named for Bow Mistress, a 1979 filly that had zero Australian blood in her lines. There is a little bit of Kiwi in her pedigree, but everything as far back as five generation is all northern hemisphere.
She was a good racer and those who rate such things avow that she was one of the best racehorses ever to come from Tasmania. Odd, though, you look at Tasmania and think the place should be an ideal environment for breeding horses.
Bow Mistress notched 12 wins as a two-year-old, some of those wins coming on the mainland, including the Group 2 J J Liston Stakes. She posted seconds in the Linlithgow and Memsie Stakes when both those races were Group 2 grade. She had several other high placings in top grade races.
She was a productive mare, supplying nine foals, although there were no notable racers. Her best was a 1995 colt by Kenvain (grand dam sire Vain) and a Group 1 winner of the Oakleigh Plate.
The 1989 colt resulting from the pairing with Marscay was named Getaway that managed six minor wins.
The Bow Mistress Trophy has always been named the Bow Mistress Trophy. What a refreshing departure from the Vics, where race names have been known to change during the race.
The race has always been 1200 metres. See above sentence, although we do not know of a Victorian race where the trip was changed mid-race. We’ll just have to wait for that one.
The race was graded as Listed from the first jump in 2006 through the 2011 edition. It was then promoted to Group 3 in 2012.
No Australian race has changed grade during the race, although it did seem that way at times when Kingston Town established his mark for Group 1 wins.
Venue for the Bow Mistress Trophy
The official name, for the moment, of the course where the Bow Mistress Trophy is held is Ladbrokes Park Elwick. It was Tattersall’s Park until that agency started going as UBET, which made the venue name UBET Park. At one juncture, it was Luxbet Park, and then Tab Park Elwick.
It is located a few kilometres from the Hobart CBD and many people, for simplicity’s sake, simply call it Hobart Racecourse. The facility has also been known as Elwick Racecourse.
The current site has been used for racing since 1874. In 1956, the first drive-in cinema was located within the track and operated until 1985, when it became patently obvious that drive-in movie theatres were passé.
The Tassie government started an upgrade in 2004, if anyone considers it an upgrade to add a track for greyhounds.
The course is a tri-oval shape, not unlike Flemington. Vistas to the north of the venue supply nice views of the River Derwent, while to the south, Mount Wellington provides a keen vantage point to the course and it would not even be necessary to have some of those fancy binoculars that are worth more than our car that the winning trainer of the Inglis Millennium receives.
For a 1200-metre race such as the Bow Mistress Trophy, the racers jump from the head of the back straight, run the tight turn that represents the head of the tri-oval, and then head for the finish line on the southeast side of the track.
Racing History of the Bow Mistress Trophy
As a newer race, the Bow Mistress Trophy winners’ list is not extensive.
As of early 2023, just ahead of the 2023 jump of the race, it has been run 16 times. There has only been one dual winner. That was Rebel Bride in 2012 and 2013.
The benefit to us as chroniclers of racing is that with the race starting in 2006, we have access to full and mostly accurate historical data. So as we go through the list, we will be looking for winners that crossed the ditch to win on the mainland, Group 1 winners and stallions and mares that have contributed to the Australian Thoroughbred racing gene pool.
We will of course look for those gallopers that have made good bank.
The winner of the first Bow Mistress Trophy in 2006 was Con’s Amy.
She was by Canny Lad, so Bletchingly, Biscay and Star Kingdom are all in there. Northern hemisphere blood on the distaff side included legendary names such as Northern Dancer, War Relic and Natalma, names we frequently encounter when we examine Thoroughbred pedigrees.
Con's Amy was a racing mare. She made 41 starts for 7 wins and 12 placings to earn about $220,000. She did some racing in Queensland and Victoria. The Bow Mistress Trophy was her best win and to supply some gauge, she tried the Group 3 McEwen Stakes at Moonee Valley in 2006 and finished in a different postal code than the winner Miss Andretti did. She had some good placings in other races, but she never jumped above Group 3 grade.
She was indifferent as a breeder. Danzero, Hussonet and Elvstroem all got foals out of her, but none of those lazy foals would not spend much time away from the loafing shed.
The next winner was 2007’s Oceano. It it’s a filly, should it not be Oceana?
She was handy, at least, winning 11 times and placing 8 times from just 25 jumps – good for $265,000 in stakes.
Her lines included Zabeel, Bletchingly, Biscay and Star Kingdom, so she did not lack for potent ancestry.
Like Con’s Amy, she never won a higher graded race than the Bow Mistress Trophy, but she never ventured off the Apple Island.
She had four foals, the best of which was a 2011 filly named Jurasound by Von Costa De Hero (sire Encosta De Lago) that won about $200,000.
Next came Diamond Cove in 2008.
She was by Octagon from Eliza Cove, so we must observe that the fillies and mares in the Bow Mistress Trophy did not lack for connections.
Diamond Cover won seven times and placed nine times to earn about $320,000.
She made 32 jumps, with the Bow Mistress Trophy arguably her best win, even though it was still Listed grade at that time. She did some racing in Queensland and Victoria. She won a four and up handicap at Moonee Valley in 2007.
She was the best breeder to date, with nine named foals by the Who’s Who of Australian stallion-dom. Seven of those foals earned money, with the best being a 2012 colt by More Than Ready named Montauk that won over half a million dollars. There were additional foals by the likes of Testa Rossa and I Am Invincible, so Diamond Cove must have been highly regarded by breeders of Thoroughbreds.
Flying Ruby saluted in 2009.
Her sire was Rubiton, so it would seem that those Tassie mares were stallion heroin to the better studs. She had limited jumps on the mainland and she was four lengths back of Typhoon Tracy in a Group 3 race at Flemington, to supply some inkling of ability.
Flying Ruby was a great mum, though.
Served by Bel Esprit, she dropped a 2001 foal named Belflyer that won over $1 million. Served by Artie Schiller, she supplied the 2013 colt Flying Artie, winner of more than $1.2 million, with a 2016 win in the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes.
A legitimate contender was the 2011 winner Lady Lynette.
She made 51 jumps for 14 wins and 18 placings to earn above $1.1 million. She won the Group 3 Tesio Stakes at Moonee Valley on two occasions and she momentarily scared Typhoon Tracy in the 2009 Group 1 Meyer Classic.
After a solid racing career, she lit the spark in the eyes and the spring in the steps of such as Medaglia D’ Oro (2x), I Am Invincible, Street Cry and Written Tycoon. She delivered five foals to that impressive list of sires, but none seems to have done anything.
Our one dual winner, Rebel Bride, comes next.
She won the race in 2012 and 2013. She had 14 wins and 13 placings from 32 jumps and earned more than $560,000. That is the sort to back, if we were the sorts to encourage race punting.
Her seventh win was the Bow Mistress Trophy, where she beat 2011 winner Lady Lynette by two lengths. The only time she raced off Tasmania was her second-last jump in 2014, where she ran ninth in a Group 3 at Flemington. She supplied just one foal, Rebel Factor by The Factor that won a bit above $100,000.
Isibaeva won the Bow Mistress Trophy in 2014.
What we will report about her is that her racing resume was similar to the previous winners, but her 2018 filly Jamaea by Headwater has earned over $1 million from 19 jumps and she is still racing.
Next came I Love It. She won the race in 2015 and came within a nose of a second win in 2016. She posted a third in the 2017 jump. I Love It raced extensively on the mainland including some high placings in good races, with a third in the Group 1 Robert Sangster Stakes in 2015.
Nautical won the race in 2016.
She was very similar to all the previous winners in terms of racing. She did race at Flemington, Caulfield and Moonee Valley, and she even won the Listed Straight Six at Flemington in her last jump.
Nautical has dropped two foals, average types, but she could yet deliver something, since she can pass along DNA from Neillo, Octagonal, Zabeel and other good stallions and mares.
The 2017 winner was Ocean Embers.
Her grandsire is Redoute’s Choice, with Canny Lad, Storm Cat and other top horses and mares, including Encosta De Lago and Northern Dancer.
She won the Group 3 W W Cockram Stakes at Caulfield and she lined up in some Group 2 races and had a jump in the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate. One foal from 2021 has either not raced as of yet, or never will.
Gogo Grace, the 2018 winner, raced at Flemington, Caulfield and Morphettville without a lot of success and she has left no offspring that have made it into the pedigree records.
Life on the Wire was the 2019 winner of the Bow Mistress Trophy.
There is not much to report on her, through either racing or breeding.
Zargos was the winner in 2020.
She has been exported. The Bow Mistress Trophy was her best win in Australia.
A replay of Zargos winning the 2020 Bow Mistress Trophy is located at the following link.
The 2021 winner was Ethical Solution.
She was exported after 18 jumps for six wins and four placings. Her money was a bit above $222,000.
The Bow Mistress Trophy is mainly the purview of Tasmanian fillies and mares. The best winners actually did more as breeders than they did as racers. A few ventured onto the mainland, but many devoted their entire careers to racing in Tasmania.
Bow Mistress Trophy Past Winners
|2019||Life On The Wire|
|2015||I Love It|
|2006||Con's Amy (AUS) 2000|