WEDNESDAY: November 13, 2019: HUSBAND and wife training partnership Mitchell and Desiree Kearney “bowled” them over again on their home track at Hawkesbury today.
But the only surprising part about the outcome was that their winner Spin Bowles started at double figure odds.
With Koby Jennings picking up what proved to be a lucky replacement ride (Grant Buckley decided to honour his Scone commitments when that meeting was put back from yesterday until today), Spin Bowles ($13) made it two wins on the bounce.
He outgamed fancied pair Magnificently ($3.20) and King Hewitt ($2.60 favorite) in the Ascend Sales Benchmark 64 Handicap (1600m).
Now the form six-year-old will be given his chance to clinch a hat-trick – and make a successful city debut at the same time – in a Benchmark 70 Handicap (1550m) at the Canterbury night meeting on November 29.
Mitch Kearney feels removing blinkers from Spin Bowles last month has played a major role in the gelding’s winning form.
“Spin Bowles was a hard going horse, but he is now racing more kindly without the blinkers,” Kearney said.
“He had done really well since his previous win over the same course, and we were very surprised at his odds.
“When he won last time, I thought 1600m might be his optimum distance but the way he raced today suggests he might get a bit further.”
Mitch and Desiree Kearney clinched their fourth win of the season, vindicating their recent decision to relocate to a larger complex at Hawkesbury.
“We now have 21 stables and currently 14 horses in work, so we have the capacity to expand our team,” Mitch Kearney said.
“We would be happy to hear from any owners looking to place their horse at Hawkesbury.”
The Kearneys had hoped to secure a home track double, but their earlier representative Gimme Shelter ($2.80 favorite) began awkwardly before finishing fourth to Stone Cold ($8.50) in the Mounties Group Conditional Benchmark 70 Handicap (1000m).
The Manhattan Rain four-year-old no doubt will take improvement from this run; her first since finishing second to the promising Sir Elton at Royal Randwick on July 6.