Season 2017/18 going from strength-to-strength
Two very notable victories posted over the past weekend continued a tremendous run of success for graduates of Bowness Stud and/or progeny of the stud’s resident stallions.
Firstly, the Friday program of the two-day 2018 Scone Cup Carnival witnessed Bare Naked Lady run out an impressive winner of the $100,000 Inglis 2YO Challenge. The very next day at Doomben in Brisbane, Youngstar lived right up to her name when running out an emphatic winner of the Group 2 BRC The Roses, producing a brilliant display of galloping that saw her immediately assume favourtism for the Group 1 Queensland Oaks early next month.
This brace of talented fillies are the latest winners of some considerable note for our thoroughbred nursery in more recent time. Bare Naked Lady was sold by Bowness Stud for just $13,000 at the 2017 HTBA Scone Yearling Sale. Similarly, Youngstar was also sold by Bowness Stud, fetching $200,000 at the 2016 Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale.
Obviously, the exploits of Bowness Stud born, reared and raised Trapeze Artist have made most of the major headlines for our operation this season and rightfully so. The triple Group 1 winner is shaping as a ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ racehorse, though is clearly not the only high-class stakes winner proving to be a running advertisement for the stud.
In addition to Trapeze Artist and Youngstar, Think Bleue also proved to be a distinguished Pattern Race winning graduate when landing the Group 3 MRVC Alexandria Stakes in late-April. The daughter of So You Think (NZ) is yet another recent feature race winner to have been born, reared and raised at Bowness Stud, before being prepared for the 2016 Magic Millions National Yearling Sale where she was sold to champion trainer Darren Weir for $80,000.
It should be pointed out that Trapeze Artist, Bare Naked Lady and Think Bleue all carry the ‘VR’ brand of the stud’s great associate Bert Vieira and we are absolutely delighted to see him now gaining recognition for the considerable amount of commitment and investment he has made to the domestic thoroughbred industry over many years.
In addition to the aforementioned quartet, everyone associated with Bowness Stud has also taken great delight in the recent high-profile performances of Don’t Give a Damn (by Bon Hoffa), as well as the stakes winning deeds of Bons Away (by Bon Hoffa) earlier in the season.
This sequence of success well and truly establishes that a great deal of good is being achieved by Bowness Stud runners on the racetrack. It is due in no small way to the detailed attention our dedicated team is applying in the preparation of this stock long before they commence racing careers. Long may it all continue!