Bowman pleased with Begood Toya Mother's Caulfield prep

17 September 2020 00:37:47 GMTPlus10

Daniel Bowman believes Begood Toya Mother is showing all the right signs to post a repeat performance of his heroics from last year by taking out Saturday’s Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes at Caulfield.

In his final lead-up run 12 months ago, Begood Toya Mother finished sixth in the Group 1 Memsie Stakes and was beaten 2.85 lengths.

This year, he produced the same result when filling the same spot and exactly the same margin behind Behemoth. Last year, he started from gate three and on Saturday it will be barrier four.

There is, however, one big difference, as Begood Toya Mother is due to carry six kilograms more this time round.

"He needs to be as good and maybe a bit better than last year, which I think he is," Bowman said. "He's a stronger horse, but he's going to need to be with his extra weight. He had his last gallop at Casterton on Tuesday and he's as good as he can be."

Bowman was pleased with Begood Toya Mother's run in the Memsie Stakes, when he was fired up after being taken on for the lead by Streets Of Avalon.

"I thought he was still going to run third with 50 metres to go but he just tired," the trainer continued. "That run really brought him on. I couldn't have him in better condition."

Begood Toya Mother, who will be ridden by his regular jockey Declan Bates, will be trying to become the first horse since Testa Rossa in 2000 to register consecutive wins in the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes.

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