Still learning, but Begood too good
By Tim Auld, July 10, 2018 - 4:25 PM

Daniel Bowman’s Begood Toya Mother followed a debut second at Donald with victory  at Echuca last Saturday.
By Myboycharlie, Begood Toya Mother defeated Penthouse Playboy and Trerice over 1600 metres.
Bowman said the well-named youngster was racing on raw ability.
“He did a lot wrong in both starts to date but there’s lots of upside to him,” the trainer said.
“He’s racing with a baby brain and he should develop into a nice horse.”
Bowman, who parted with $28,000 to purchase Begood Toya Mother at the Magic Millions Yearling Sales in Adelaide, takes no credit for naming the three-year-old colt.
“My brother Marcus named him ... it’s a really catchy name,” he said.
Main man missing
Warrnambool trainer Peter Chow was a notable absentee from his home track on Sunday, where his representative, Robbie’s Star, won a highweight race.
Chow is a passionate Essendon fan and he was at the MCG watching the Bombers tackle Collingwood (the wrong team won!).
“I had booked tickets for the clash weeks ago,” Chow explained.
“It was a shame the Bombers couldn’t win but it was a great result at Warrnambool. The horse loves wet tracks and got the conditions to suit. I thought he would be hard to beat.
Robbie’s Star, a potential jumper, took his stake earnings to more than $135,000 with his victory in Sunday’s 1700-metre race.
Hot Horner!
Warrnambool-based Darryl Horner stole the show on his home track last Sunday, with three winners on the eight-race program.
He was successful on the Eric Musgrove trained Marilisa in a maiden hurdle and John Monash in the maiden steeplechase.
Horner showed his versatility by also riding  Robbie’s Star to victory on the flat.
Camp’s a contender
Trainer Simon Ryan believes Police Camp stamped himself as a 2019 Grand Annual Steeplechase contender with an encouraging third placing in the Thackeray Steeplechase at Warrnambool last Sunday.
“I was very impressed with his effort,” the trainer said.
 “Gold A Plenty and I’ll’ava’alf (winner and runner-up) are handy jumpers. My bloke did a lot wrong but still battled on well. I think he could develop into a nice Annual horse.
Ryan’s mare Evanesce was well backed to win a maiden hurdle on Sunday’s program and  just hung on to defeat Beyond Thankful.
“It was a gutsy effort,” the trainer said.
Maher aims high
Ciaron Maher has entered a staggering 73 yearlings for next year’s $1.5 million Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes at Caulfield.
The Melbourne Racing Club received a record 1688 nominations for the classic over 1200 metres. This compares to a previous best of 1472.
David and Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig once again top the list of nominators with 143. This training partnership has produces more than 60 individual two-year-old winners this season.
Other leading nominators included Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott (106), global giants Godolphin (100), Tony McEvoy (89) and two-time Blue Diamond Stakes-winning trainer Mick Price (79).
Warrnambool trainer Symon Wilde has entered two yearlings for the race.


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