“You win a race like that and everybody expects you to take the subsequent step, however on the finish of the day the inventory simply wasn’t there. You’ve got nonetheless simply bought the inventory you had.
“Since then we have got a superb batch of two and three-year-olds that we’re about to start out churning out and that ought to assist us take the subsequent step hopefully. It is undoubtedly not nearly as good a 12 months as we would hoped however we simply did not have the ammunition.”
COVID hasn’t helped the state of affairs both. Within the midst of the yearling gross sales season, when house owners ought to have been lining as much as purchase horses with Bowman, job losses have been rising and monetary panic was setting in. However that is one thing Bowman cannot management as he appears to be like to seek out his second group 1 win.
On Saturday, Begood Toya Mom can be at Caulfield to defend his title.
Final 12 months, he carried simply 52kg, beating the handicapper to win the Rupert Clarke in dominant fashion.
However Bowman is aware of the duty of going back-to-back – one thing that hasn’t been achieved since Testa Rossa’s victory 20 years in the past – will not be going to be simple.
“This was the race we have set him for, clearly realizing it should be tougher to win, however we have left a bit extra within the tank by way of he hasn’t come off the winter marketing campaign,” he stated.
“After this he’ll keep in work; he’ll both go to the Toorak or the Moonga, and he’ll in all probability keep in for a gaggle three 1400 on Emirates [Stakes] day.”
Begood Toya Mom comes into the race having completed sixth, crushed by 2.85 lengths within the Memsie. He additionally completed sixth, crushed 2.85 lengths, within the Memsie main into final 12 months’s race too, and Bowman believes that run – and a closing piece of labor at Caserton on Tuesday – can have the horse in tip-top situation for the race.
“He is nearly as good as we are able to get him for Saturday, however he’ll should be as a result of it is a tougher race than final 12 months and he is bought much more weight,” Bowman stated.
“We’re proper up in opposition to it on the weights. We have had 5 runs since he is gained and he is dropped one level, so it makes it exhausting. [But] he’ll run properly; I will be dissatisfied if he cannot run within the first 4 or 5, that is for certain.”
Damien Ractliffe is the Chief Racing Reporter for The Age.