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.”

Romanised settles for third as Saltonstall sparkles at Dundalk

Saltonstall continued his rapid progression as he proved too strong for hot favourite Romanised at Dundalk.

Ken Condon had been planning to use the Test Your Tipping Talents At PUNTERS.HOLLYWOODBETS.COM Every Dundalk Meeting Race as a prep for a trip to Hong Kong with his 2018 Irish 2,000 Guineas winner Romanised.

However, the odds-on favourite was very slowly away under Billy Lee, conceding up to six lengths on leaving the stalls.

He quickly made the ground up though, and went by Saltonstall heading down the back straight as Lee looked confident turning for home.

Romanised hit the front still on the bridle over a furlong out, but when Lee asked him to quicken, there was little response and Saltonstall (9-4), who had won his last two for Ado McGuinness, stayed on strongly under 7lb apprentice Sam Ewing.

Harpocrates stuck on gamely to pass Romanised for second, three-quarters of a length behind Saltonstall.

“I can’t fight with the handicapper anymore anyway, that’s for sure,” said McGuinness.

“We put him in this race by chance as he was going so well. People probably thought I was mad running him here after running in the mud, but he’d been here a couple of times and he just floats on the surface.

“Sam was very good on him and it’s great for everyone involved. That’s his fourth win of the year and he’d just a superstar of a horse to have. I’m just thrilled to have him.

“He’ll get a break now, he won’t go travelling. Lingfield could be a possibility for him, but I think we’ll target stakes races on soft ground at the start of next season.

“I don’t know about the Galway Mile next year – I’d want a 20lb claimer on him! It’s a great problem to have with a horse.

“I’m praying to God that I can keep his form the way it is. He’s just turned inside out with age and I’m delighted to have him.”