Hugh Bowman’s bid to become a Caulfield Cup winner at his first attempt was given a boost yesterday when clouds unloaded on Melbourne and its surrounds. Bowman rides the Bart Cummings-trained AJC Australian Derby winner Roman Emperor in the Caulfield Cup and his summation of his chances were simple.”If it’s rain-affected ground he’s a genuine hope, if it’s like the road he’s not,” Bowman said yesterday.Bowman rounded out his day yesterday with a hit of golf after Flemington trackwork in the morning. The jockey worked the John O’Shea-trained sprinter Fist Of Fury at three-quarter pace and he also hopped on a couple of Danny O’Brien’s charges.The John Thompson-trained, Patinack Farm-owned filly So Anyway, Bowman’s ride in the Arrowfield Plate at Caulfield tomorrow, impressed the jockey.”It was my first time on her and I really liked her, she gave me a great feel,” said Bowman.Patinack’s Norman Robinson Stakes-bound pair of group 1 winner Onemorenomore and Gathering worked together, with Glen Boss and Bowman on board respectively.”They worked very well together,” Bowman said of the pair.Boss will ride Onemorenomore in the Norman Robinson, while Chris Munce will be on Gathering. BOSS IS READY Glen Boss has good reason to be confident in his bid to join an elite group of riders who have achieved grand slam status. A day after collecting another group 1, this time the Thousand Guineas on emerging talent Irish Lights, Boss picked up yesterday’s Moe Cup.Boss won the Moe Cup aboard the Peter Gelagotis-trained Savquaw, with the race’s $4.40 favourite Pre Eminence failing to beat a runner home. To complete the jockey grand slam Boss needs to win tomorrow’s Caulfield Cup, having already won three Melbourne Cups to go with his Golden Slippers and a Cox Plate.Boss rides the Gerald Ryan-trained mare Ready To Lift in the Caulfield Cup. EYES ON ENCOSTA If the Hawkes camp is right, the Victoria Derby-bound Saint Encosta will not be without a win for too much longer.”He is still a maiden but keeps improving all the time,” said Michael Hawkes, who trains in partnership along with brother Wayne and father John. ”He’s a very nice horse,” he added.Saint Encosta runs in tomorrow’s Norman Robinson Stakes at Caulfield, with premier Sydney jockey Hugh Bowman on board.Team Hawkes has former AJC Australian Derby winner Fiumicino running in the Caulfield Cup. Last year Fiumicino failed to beat a runner home in the race, and barrier 20 is no help this year.”He needs a wet track, likes it – if we get one the draw won’t be as bad,” Michael Hawkes said. WALLER EXCITED Sydney trainer Chris Waller laid eyes on the team’s imported Melbourne Cup runner Warringah for the first time yesterday after venturing to the Sandown quarantine centre.”It’s very exciting,” Waller said. ”When we bought him, the idea was to set him for the BMW and the Sydney Cup next year but he did everything right during his quarantine in England and since he arrived here and he’s earned his chance in the Melbourne Cup.”He’s a lovely big horse, a good mover and I can’t wait for him to have a serious gallop.” JOLIE IN CLEAR The carnival of Singapore Derby winner Jolie’s Shinju has been resurrected. The mare’s Cox Plate ambition was thrown into chaos when she pulled up with a heart irregularity last start.The horse’s heart flutters have ceased and the galloper is set to run in tomorrow’s Harrolds Stakes at Caulfield, where the likes of thumping Sydney mare Hot Danish and Victorian flyer Typhoon Tracy await. Former Victorian jockey Len Treloar is now training Jolie’s Shinju. With Craig Young
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