Daily News Archive
Daily News Subscription
Kermadec Is Horse To Beat: Bowman
Champion Sydney jockey Hugh Bowman believes Kermadec is the only horse capable of beating his mount Royal Descent in Saturday's $500,000 Gr1 George Main Stakes (1600m) at Royal Randwick, reports racingnsw.com.au. Both Kermadec and Royal Descent have had two runs back this campaign with the pair finishing second and third respectively in the Gr2 Chelmsford Stakes (1600m) 12 days ago. Royal Descent is yet win a race over the famous Randwick mile (record 7:0-5-2), and Bowman fears her Chris Waller-trained stable-mate is poised to extend that losing sequence. "To be honest, I'm not sure if she can beat Kermadec. He beat us fair and square last start at weight-for-age and had to do more work than us," Bowman said. "I think he'll improve even further off that, but I'm not sure how much she'll improve. She's got to lift, but she's a top quality mare and I'm definitely not saying that I'm not happy to be on her." He added: "I respect horses like Pornichet, but I think it's only him [Kermadec] that can beat her." Kermadec's new jockey Glyn Schofield didn't quite agree it was two-horse race, but did hope Bowman's opinion of his horse was accurate. "I hope Hughie's right," Schofield said. "Saturday will give us a clearer picture of him at weight-for-age." He added: "I'd like to think he'll improve from last start, but this is more than a two-horse race. There's plenty of other chances and Royal Descent is a top-quality mare." The weather forecast of rain during the next three days does give Royal Descent a better chance of ending her Randwick mile hoodoo according to Bowman. "She's going very well and has an excellent record at the mile," he said. "The rain will play in her favour, no doubt, and I'll be putting her into a comfortable spot to give her every chance." Click here to view all Randwick fields for Saturday.