It's bye bye to Dubai
BALLINA trainer Danny Bowen's five-year-old Dubai Falcon will run for him for the last time at Tabulam in the $3500 Benchmark 45 Handicap (1720m) and Bowen is confident of a win.
"We're going to sell him, win, lose or draw, but I think he's going to go out a winner," Bowen said.
"The horse was only just beaten (by half a length by Ballistic) on Tuesday at Murwillumbah.
"He will be the best of all my horses that will run on the day."
Bowen trained the winners of the 2010 Tabulam Cup (1000m) with Lord Dubai and the Sam Hordern Memorial (1400m) with Lachlan Valley.
He has nominated Admirah Belle for the Tabulam Cup this time and Bradfield, Renmark and Bushroad for the Sam Hordern Memorial.
All four horses have also been nominated for the TAB meeting at Lismore.
"I might split them up - have a couple run at Tabulam and a couple at Lismore," he said.
At Murwillumbah, the five-year-old Bushroad was an easy winner by two lengths over $2 favourite Loaded Tycoon in the $4000 Benchmark 45 Handicap (1530m).
It was a considerable improvement on the gelding's run at Ballina on October 3 in a Class 3 (1600m).
There, it finished last in a field of 14, a massive 22 lengths behind the winner Trading Secrets.
"We shook our heads after its run at Ballina but to beat the favourite on Tuesday wasn't a bad effort," Bowen said.
"He looks like a good front-runner and next Tuesday at Lismore should be ideal for him. Front-runners usually do well at Lismore."
When asked about the Melbourne Cup, Bowen was impressed with the run of last year's winner Americain.
"With the extra weight Americain carried, it was basically asked to run an extra 100 metres," he said.
"It was three or four deep for most of the journey and still managed to sprint home strongly. To me, that was the run of the Melbourne Cup."