Local Princess gets home in Race 2 of Bowen Cup
LOCAL Bowen horse trainer Andrew Cameron had a scratching in the feature race of the premier event on the Whitsunday racing calender but he was not worried at the the weekend.
A win by new horse to the Cameron stable Toughen Up Princess in Race 2 and a third in Race 3 with the seven-year old gelding Montana Man had the veteran trainer expecting to celebrate well into the night after the Bowen Cup on Saturday.
"Its always good to have a winner at your home meeting,” he said.
The Bowen Cup was Toughen Up Princess' first run on a Queensland track after arriving from Melbourne and Cameron said she did not seem at all uncomfortable running in a clockwise direction.
"She has done pretty well. She has had to learn to go in the other direction and acclimatise to the heat,” he said.
Rider of the winner in the Queens Beach Hotel and Landmark Maiden Plate, Scott Sheargold said Toughen Up Princess demonstrated great potential.
"She began very well and got to the front on her own and waited for the other horses to come around outside her. She travelled very strong,” he said.
"She is very green, very new to it all. It's her first ride running this way going and the shorter distance.
"She has got a future, it will win a few.
Toughen Up Princess won from Pearly Avenue who blundered badly on jumping and almost dislodged its rider and Belmont Turf Belle rounded out the top three in Race 2.
Sunbury trained by Mackay trainer John Manzelmann and ridden by Adrian Coome took the cup in the feature race.
Cameron's 12 to 14 horses in work train at the Bowen race track and not having to travel to compete gives them an advantage he said.
The Bowen track does have a reputation for being a very firm track and it was promised last year by Bowen Turf Club president Steve Daley that it would be green for the cup.
On Thursday night 65mm of rain fell in Bowen and Cameron was "worried” on Friday morning.
"I thought geez, 'what is it going to be like?' but by 1pm I went out and rolled it and there was no moisture on the tyres or the roller and I thought 'it's dried out well'.
"It's a very sandy track and in hindsight the rain has made it a perfect track today,” Cameron said on Saturday.