Warrnambool’s new racing star Begood Toya Mother proved too good for his rivals with a dominant win in the Group 1 $500,000 Ladbrokes Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield today.
A large portion of the Warrnambool community will be celebrating after youthful trainer Daniel Bowman collected his first Group 1 win with his new stable star, Begood Toya Mother.
Begood Toya Mother was weighted to win with only 52kg on his back after coming off a last start sixth in the weight for age Group 1 $1m New Zealand Bloodstock Memsie Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield three weeks ago.
The punters followed the lead and the five year old was sent out as the $3.10 favourite and a near perfect ride from Declan Bates put the result away at the top of the straight when he released the brakes.
Begood Toya Mother was strong all the way to the line to record a one and a quarter lengths win over Mat Ellerton and Simon Zahra trained Age Of Chivalry ($15) with Widgee Turf ($14) running a great race to fill third spot.
Begood Toya Motheer has now won eight of his thirteen race starts and with today’s $300,000 first purse, has taken his overall winning prizemoney to almost $600,000.
Winning jockey Declan Bates had to waste hard to get down to the 52kg that Begood Toya Mother had to carry today, but it didn’t affect his judgement as he had the gelding quickly out of the gates to be in front early before letting Linda Meech on Iconoclasm take over the lead at the 1200m mark.
Bates held Begood Toya Mother together until the home turn when he said go on the favourite and a long thought out plan had a fitting result.
“It was perfect,” Bowman said.
“You could see that the horse was getting keen and when Linda came across the horse just went to sleep.”
“A good tempo took the backmarkers out of it, just used our weight as the advantage and he was too strong.”
“Since Sandown he put the writing on the wall that he fitted the profile for this race so that was when we put the plan in motion to get here.”
“When a long range plan comes off it is fulfilling and I’m sure it will sink in later.”