Wednesday, June 19, 2019
For Mick Bowerman, from the western Victorian town of Raglan, it was a case of third time lucky when he returned to Tara Raceway last Sunday with Kentucky Sun.
Bowerman had twice previously made the trip to Mount Gambier with the black dog but on both occasions had had to be content with second placings.
Kentucky Sun, a Bendigo 425 metre winner last month in a more than handy 24.10 seconds, looked well placed in the Produce Store Stake (400 m).
But after only a fair start from box four, he found himself in traffic down the back straight as Another Scenario opened up a handy break, Kentucky Sun, however, finding plenty in the home straight when running down Pure Profit and the early leader.
For Bowerman, involved in the sport since 1971 when based in Hobart, Kentucky Sun’s win last Sunday was his first at Tara Raceway and his tenth in a career spanning 65 starts.
By Lochinvar Marlow out of Ticket To Mars, the SA-bred Kentucky Sun was purchased as a four-month-old pup by Bowerman who reared and later broke the dog in prior to him winning at his third start at Ballarat in December 2016.
“I purchased him because I liked the match-up of the Irish and Australian bloodlines. I was hoping the natural chase tendency would come out in him and as he showed today he just keeps coming in his races,” Bowerman said.
“I also reckon he races better on the Victorian tracks after he’s had a run here at Tara Raceway behind the finish-on-lure so we’ll see how that goes when he runs at Ballarat tomorrow night.”