Q & A with Bowness proprietor John North

What has been a 2017 highlight for Bowness?
“The Golden Rose-Gr.1, 1400m winner Trapeze Artist came off the farm, that was a big thrill.”

What is your personal Magic Millions ambition?
“To breed more Magic Millions raceday winners. Bowness, home to Vahine, dam of 2016 Magic Millions Guineas winner Mahuta, has already produced two feature Gold Coast winners; 2011 Magic Millions Guineas winner Torio’s Quest and Deheiros who won that same race in 2015.

What do you like best about selling at the Gold Coast in January?
“It is such a great atmosphere, people are there to enjoy themselves and it is a great chance to catch up with old friends and make new ones.”

Your ideal night out at the Gold Coast is?
“The Magic Millions launch party is always good fun though we don’t tend to head out a lot at night as we are so full on with business during the day, we always end up pretty tired!”

What do you wish more people would take notice of?
“I wish people would take more notice of a well made yearling, to look beyond the pedigree page and not be put off by minor imperfections that have no consequence on the track. Some of our best horses of recent years have not had great x-rays.”

What do you look for in a potential champion?
“The only rule is that there are no rules! A good horse can come from anywhere, you can’t measure heart and will to win and I have noticed that some of the most talented horses to come off our farm have been far from perfect on type.”

First published in the MMGC Annual

 
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