Imported stayer He’s Your Man returned to winning form with an impressive performance in the 2014 Kingston Town Stakes at Rosehill Gardens this afternoon.
He’s Your Man scored his maiden Australian race win in the Listed Winter Challenge (1500m) at Rosehill Gardens on August 2, but he finished a flat third on a heavy track in the Listed Premier’s Cup (1800m) at Rosehill Gardens on August 30.
The Cape Cross gelding was given a lovely run into the race by jockey Hugh Bowman and he produced a much better effort on a firmer surface to race away from the rest of the field, while prerace favourites La Amistad and Greatwood faded in the final stages of the race.
Trainer Chris Waller said that he expected He’s Your Man to produce a much better performance on a drying track in the Kingston Town Stakes today and he was thrilled with the turn-of-foot that the five-year-old showed in the final stages of the race.
“It is good to see him back on track,” Waller said.
“Today we took the gamble that he would settle a bit closer to the pace and he ended up with a beautiful ride, which wins races.
“It was good to see him show that acceleration after having a nice easy run.”
He’s Your Man has been included in the entries for all the major races during the 2014 Spring Racing Carnival and Waller is eyeing races like the Group 1 The Metropolitan (2400m) and Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m), but he is still unsure whether the imported galloper has the ability to run out a strong 2400 metres.
“We are still learning about the horse, does he run 2400 metres is what we now need to ask and what we need to find out,” Waller said.
“That will determine where we go.”
Jockey Hugh Bowman was able to get He’s Your Man in a lovely position from a wide draw and the leading hoop revealed that the five-year-old was well suited by the quicker tempo in the Kingston Town Stakes.
Bowman believes that He’s Your Man has the class to be competitive at Group 1 level, but feels that the talented stayer will need to relax better in his races to win an event like The Metropolitan or the Caulfield Cup.
“He was better today,” Bowman said after the race.
“There was more pace today and I was lucky to get where I got from a wide draw, but once I got off the back of the favourite I was in good shape.
“I thought that I had done my bit and it was up to the horse now and he didn’t disappoint.
“I was aided by a good genuine pace and inevitably when there is pace in the everybody gets a position that they are happy with and that was the case with me today.
“I would like to see him just switch off a little bit more for 2400.
“If he can learn to do that then the world is his oyster.
“I feel this horse has the class to aim higher, but he just needs to settle a bit better early on.”
La Amistad was well tried in the lead-up to the Kingston Town Stakes, but she failed to fire in the final stages of the race and the performance has placed her chances of running in the Melbourne Cup in jeopardy.