SEPTEMBER 25, 2017: There’s a spring in the step of everyone at Bowness Stud this week after a wonderful sequence of results on Saturday afternoon in what amounted to be a Red Letter Day for the stud and some very close associates.
The early signs of what was about to unfold surfaced in Race 3 on the Rosehill Gardens program in Sydney when Don’t Give A Damn, a lightly-raced son of BON HOFFA, was sent off a $1.65 favourite of the $60,000 Highway Handicap (1500m) and proceeded to win by no fewer than 6.5 lengths.
Approximately 90 minutes after the Rosehill event the BON HOFFA breed was back in the limelight when Bons Away gave his sire an interstate metropolitan double by landing the Listed MRC Testa Rossa Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield— defeating boom Japanese import Brave Smash in the process.
The stakes were even higher later in the afternoon when Bowness Stud born, reared and raised Trapeze Artist took his place in the Group 1 ATC Golden Rose (1400m) field and subsequently produced the performance of the day to claim the stallion-making event. Despite jumping from the outstanding barrier in a field of 14-runners, Trapeze Artist proceeded to thrash his high-class opposition by close on four and a half lengths, posting the slashing time of 1m22.41s.
Bred and raced by long-term client Bert Vieira and his family, Trapeze Artist scored a sensational win in the coveted $1 million contest. He took his record to three wins and one placing for total prizemoney of $957,750, the highlights of his 2-year-old season including victory in the Group 3 ACT Black Opal Stakes (1200m) and third in the Group 1 ATC Inglis Sires’ (1400m).