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McGuinness delighted following Bowerman’s Doha success

Ado McGuinness has reflected on a very profitable weekend overseas, which saw Bowerman win in Qatar and Saltonstall pick up some big prize money in Saudi Arabia.

The seven-year-old Bowerman overcame a wide draw to win the Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Cup in Doha, beating the ex-Brian Meehan inmate Dominus in a race worth over £80,000 to the winner.

McGuinness will now look at all the major races over a mile in Europe, with a Group Three win already in the locker.

“We were very happy. I thought he’d run a massive race and he did, but he had plenty against him. He had to do all the travelling and was drawn out wide on a tight track, so it’s great for everybody involved,” said McGuinness.

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“He’s lightly-raced. He’s not the easiest to train, but he’s still improving. We felt he was the class horse in the race, so we had to go and we got proved right.

“We’ll get him home and freshen him up. He’s not a soft ground horse. We were thinking of getting him qualified for All-Weather Finals Day, but it was one or the other.

“He’s a dude of a horse, a lovely horse to train and we’re lucky to have him.”

Bowerman could step up to 10 furlongs, but McGuinness has Saltonstall – who was fourth behind Willie Mullins’ True Self in Saudi Arabia – for those races.

Saltonstall (right) winning at the Galway Festival
Saltonstall (right) winning at the Galway Festival (Niall Carson/PA)

“We could think about the Tattersalls Gold Cup (for Bowerman), but I think a fast-run mile really suits. There’s a lot of money to be picked up pot hunting in the big races. Saltonstall won plenty for coming fourth in Saudi,” said McGuinness, who also took Harry’s Bar to Riyadh.

“Harry’s Bar just didn’t like the dirt. I thought he would, but they go so fast in those races and he didn’t enjoy the kickback. We’ll try to qualify him for the All-Weather Finals, but our programme in Ireland doesn’t make that easy. He’s rated a bit lower on the grass, which is an option for Ascot and the like.”

Bowerman bags Qatar prize on big weekend for McGuinness team

Bowerman gave trainer Ado McGuinness a notable international success with victory in the Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Cup in Qatar on Friday.

The seven-year-old overcame a wide draw to scoop the £83,000 first prize in the local Group Two contest over a mile at Doha.

Ridden by Ronan Whelan, Bowerman led inside the furlong and held Dominus by a neck. It was the perfect start to an important couple of days for the McGuinness team and in a further boost Betrayed and Thrumps Dream gave the County Dublin trainer a double nearer home in Dundalk.

“It’s been a very special day. Ado’s brother Laurence passed away a few weeks ago so we all needed a bit of a lift. He was obviously looking down on us today,” said McGuinness’ assistant, Stephen Thorne, from Dundalk.

“Ronan (Whelan) gave Bowerman a remarkable ride. We were drawn wide and the stats were against us, but he was very cool on the horse.

“He picked up well and won well at the line. Our ex-apprentice Ian Brennan is representing us out there.”

McGuinness himself is in Saudi Arabia supervising his two runners there on Saturday.

“Ado is in Riyadh were we have Harry’s Bar and Saltonstall running and fingers crossed we can get a bit of luck there,” Thorne added.

“Saltonstall is prominent in the betting and his race has cut up, so we just need a bit of luck. It’s a race for a million dollars, and Harry’s Bar is in the dirt sprint – a million-and-a-half race.

“It’s dream stuff to even be represented by them.”

Bowerman sparkles with Diamond success at Dundalk

Bowerman gave trainer Adrian McGuinness a first Pattern success with victory in the Al Basti Equiworld, Dubai Diamond Stakes at Dundalk on Friday.

Sent off a 10-1 shot, Bowerman stepped up from his defeat in the Desmond Stakes last time to run out a half-length winner of this Group Three affair under Colin Keane.

While McGuinness had sent out Beau Michel to win in Graded company over obstacles, the handler was striking at Group level for the first time on the Flat.

He said: “He’s an unbelievable horse. Colin said he’s so relaxed.

“We worked him up here during the week and he was very good. He’s a dream horse to have and I’m delighted for the lads, the Total Recall Racing Club.

“They’re very loyal owners and have been very, very lucky.

“That’s the first Group race I’ve ever won, so I’ll remember it.

“He’s probably going to be finished for a while, but if some of the Middle East races open up later on the year, he’ll head out to one of those places – Dubai or he could go to Bahrain or Doha if we can get an invitation.

“I’m thrilled to bits. I’m lucky to have two or three very nice horses and that’s what it’s all about. When you get those type of horses, you can go an awful lot more places.

“I know what it’s like coming down here with 47-65 horses. I’m 18 years at it now and we’ve been lucky to get good owners in.”