WEDNESDAY: October 30, 2019: FOR the second time in five days, there was a special touch to Mitchell and Desiree Kearney’s success at home today with roughie Spin Bowles.
The Kearneys won at Mudgee last Saturday with Heza Gentleman, the first foal of Mitch Kearney’s debut winner Silk Spun in 2014.
On this occasion, the husband and wife training couple also took great satisfaction from Spin Bowles’ $17 victory in the Polytrack Class 2 Handicap (1600m).
Ridden by Grant Buckley, the six-year-old defeated Nordic ($4) and $2.60 favorite City Of Love.
Mitch Kearney’s brother Shane purchased Spin Bowles after he was put up for sale by his previous owner Peter Knight.
“Spin Bowles sustained a tendon tear, and Peter decided to sell him,” Kearney said.
“Shane bought him and got some of his footy mates to come into the partnership to race the horse with us.
“Shane is a great help to us every morning, and it was good to repay him by winning with Spin Bowles today.
“We did plenty of rehab with the gelding, swimming and walking him.”
The former Victorian gelding came under stewards’ scrutiny when he finished last of 10 runners in a Benchmark 64 Handicap (1350m) at Wyong on October 10, and was sent back to the trials.
Spin Bowles finished fifth in a 797m heat at Warwick Farm 12 days later, and the Kearneys decided to race him without blinkers for his return to racing today.
“I can’t explain his performance at Wyong because he had raced consistently before that race,” Mitch Kearney said.
“I’m sure removing blinkers and stepping him up in distance today certainly contributed to his improved performance.”
Spin Bowles was the couple’s third winner this season, and confirmed their recent decision to relocate to a larger block of stables at Hawkesbury.
“We now have 21 boxes, which has enabled us to expand our team,” Kearney said.
“I was based at Muskoka Farm when I trained my first winner (Silk Spun), and had only one box when I moved to Hawkesbury in 2015.”