Bowman backs mare to step up to challenge in the Wangoom
DANIEL Bowman always had the Wangoom Handicap (1200m) in mind for his mare Working From Home, but he needed her to prove that she was good enough to tackle the feature sprint.
In the end, Working From Home gave the Warrnambool trainer little choice other than to tackle the main sprint of the three-day May carnival.
"She went from a Benchmark 70 at Moonee Valley to a Saturday mares' race and after that she was definitely heading for the Wangoom," Bowman said.
Bowman always had high expectations for Working From Home, especially after she won her maiden at Hamilton by seven lengths.
"She's won four from only seven starts and I'm raising the bar every time she runs and we're doing so again, but she just keeps meeting the challenge," he said.
Bowman isn't too concerned by Working From Home's wide barrier draw of 16 in today's feature at Warrnambool.
"She's got the speed to overcome it but she's not one dimensional, as I think Daniel (Moor) can get a spot off the speed," he said. "Obviously it's a big step up in class, but the way she's racing, it's worth rolling the dice."
Working From Home was part of a double for Bowman at Caulfield recently, with Magnapal also winning. Magnapal will contest the Warrnambool Cup on Thursday.
Bowman supplied Moor with two of his wins when he rode the Caulfield quaddie last month with that pair. The jockey will ride them again this week.
Bowman said Magnapal was fit enough to run a big race and he was expecting "a top five to six" position.
"Terry O'Sullivan (Magnapal's former trainer) thought he'd be suited by the (Warrnambool) beaches for his feet and also a change of scenery."
Magnapal is a $21 chance in the Warrnambool Cup, ande Working From Home is $13 in the Wangoom with TAB fixed odds.