Ado McGuinness reflected on a very profitable weekend away from home, which saw Bowerman win in Qatar and Saltonstall take home big prizes in Saudi Arabia.
Seven-year-old Bowerman overcame a large draw to win the Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Cup in Doha, beating Brian Meehan’s ex-convict Dominus in a race worth over £ 80,000 for the winner.
McGuinness will now be looking at all major races over a mile in Europe, with a Group 3 win already in the locker.
“We were very happy. I thought he was running a massive race and he did, but he had a lot against him. He had to do the whole trip and was pulled wide on a tight track so that is. great for everyone involved, ”McGuinness says.
“He’s run lightly. He’s not the easiest to train, but he’s still getting better. We felt he was the class horse in the race, so we had to go and we were right. .
“We’re going to take him home and freshen him up. It is not a soft ground horse. We thought we would qualify for the day of the all-weather finals, but it was one or the other.
“He’s a horse dude, a lovely horse to train and we’re lucky to have him.”
Bowerman could go up to 10 stadiums, but McGuinness has Saltonstall – who was fourth behind Willie Mullins’ True Self in Saudi Arabia – for those races.
“We could think of the Tattersalls Gold Cup (for Bowerman), but I think a quick mile is really fine. There is a lot of money to be made from pot hunting in big races. Saltonstall has won a lot for his fourth place in Arabia, ”said McGuinness, who also took Harry’s Bar to Riyadh.
“Harry’s Bar just didn’t like dirt. I thought he would, but they go so fast in these races and he didn’t appreciate the rebound. We will try to qualify him for the All-Weather finals, but our program in Ireland is not easy. It has a slightly lower rating on weed which is an option for Ascot et al. “