29 February 2016

A “breathtaking” win in Saturday's Group 2 Peter Young Stakes at Caulfield has promoted Godolphin's BOW CREEK (IRE) to favouritism for the Group 1 Australian Cup on March 12th. Slow out of the gates, Damien Oliver pushed his mount into midfield, until the five-year-old made ground on the turn for home and showed an impressive turn of foot to win by a length and a half going away. Oliver was full of praise for his mount, saying, “Most gaps go quicker than the horse, but this horse goes quicker than the gaps. That was awesome, a really, really breathtaking last 200 metres.” A Group 2 winner in England and Ireland, BOW CREEK (IRE) had run well in defeat so far in Australia, running second in a Group 2 on his debut, and beaten just three and a half lengths in a Group 1 contest last time out.

Bred by Roundhill Stud, the Shamardal entire is a half-brother to Dare To Dream (IRE), who was twice Group-placed in Australia. They are out of Group 3 winner Beneventa, out of a half-sister to Group 3 winner Bay Empress and to the dam of Vintage Stakes winner Orizaba (IRE).

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