Two-state double and metro win for Daniel Bowen

The Daniel Bowen-trained Beef Week Princess was a good winner at the Gold Coast on Saturday.
Image: Darren Winningham.

It was a Saturday to remember for Daniel Bowen, with the Lismore trainer scoring a two-state double. 

Headlining a rewarding day at the office, Bowen landed a big win when Beef Week Princess won at the Gold Coast. 

Samantha Collett was in the saddle as the six-year-old got up as a 50/1 shot in the 1800m Benchmark 78 Handicap. 

A little closer to home, Bowen also won at Ballina, with Stoinka ridden to victory by Kirk Matheson in the 1310m Benchmark 50 Handicap. 

“It was a big day for the stable, and great to get two wins and the two-state double,” Bowen told NSW Country and Picnic Racing.

“It’s hard for us country stables, especially where we are, and we can’t commit to running a lot of horses in Sydney, so it’s good to go into Queensland and get a decent win.”

It was Beef Week Princess’ eighth victory of her career when she won the $85,000 event, bringing the Casino Prince mare’s career earnings to over $220,000.

Beef Week Princess had travelled to Queensland after a run of minor placings, and Bowen explained that it was a matter of getting her fit enough for nine furlongs.

“To be honest, she’s only had a couple of starts past a mile, and only once has she been fit enough, and she bolted in on Ballina Cup Day last year,” Bowen said.  

“It takes a bit of racing and work to get her spot on, and we got the sequence right; she was on the double backup going into the race, which is what she needed.”

Commencing as one of the despised outsiders, the Lismore galloper travelled three pairs back but stormed into the race on the home straight, proving too strong for her rivals. 

“I thought she was well over the odds,” Bowen said. 

“On the Wednesday, she had a gallop, and I thought I couldn’t have her any better.

“Then she was 50/1 when the prices came out, and anyone I spoke to, I told them she was flying. 

“Samantha couldn’t have given her a better ride, as she can be a bit of a tricky horse, and it all worked out well.”

Bowen believes more metropolitan wins are in store for Beef Week Princess. 

“I reckon she can go to town and win there again,” he said.

“It’s hard for open-company horses in the bush, and in NSW, I believe they are over-penalised. 

“As a result, they can be hard to place in the country, and I’ve had a running battle with the handicappers, but she is eight Benchmark points less in Queensland. 

“For example, she’s been carrying 61.5kg in NSW, and she only had to carry 55kg in Queensland.”

Back in NSW, Stoinka’s Ballina win paled in comparison in terms of prizemoney, with the four-year-old a little too good in the $16,000 race. 

Still, it was a massive effort, with the Hooked gelding starting at $6 before making every post a winner when carrying 63.5kg to victory. 

“He was doing a lot of things wrong last prep, and we changed tactics with him at home,” Bowen said.

“He needed the first-up run, and second-up, we put him in a weaker race and treated it as a bit of a confidence booster, but she still had 63.5kg and won well.”