Restricted returns to Lismore for inspiration
PERHAPS it was the euphoria of winning a minor race on cup day but owner Stephen Butcher and trainer Daniel Bowen were talking after the race of Restricted as a possible contender for next year's Lismore Cup.
He had just won a Class Two over 1516 metres but both were of the opinion that horse was going to develop into a middle distance galloper.
Their opinion is about to be put to the test when Restricted returns to Lismore today for the Jodiesinspiration.com.au Class Three over the cup distance of 2100m.
"The time is right, the horse has thrived since cup day and we are about to find out whether he can get a middle distance,” Bowen said.
"If he can it will open up more doors for the horse.
"We might have been getting ahead of ourselves in talking about next year's cup and we are just going to take it one race at a time with him.”
Luke Rolls rode him to that last win but Matthew McGuren is back aboard today.
He rode the horse three starts back when third over 1400 metres at Lismore after starting from a wide gate and getting too far back.
Bowen will have six runners with McGuren and Port Macquarie cup winning jockey Ben Looker sharing the rides on five of them.
His other runner is the former Victorian galloper Field Of Fire, having its first start for the stable and resuming in the TAB.COM.AU Class One (1200m) and to be ridden by Jasen Watkins.
Butcher and Barry Reynolds joined forces to buy the four year old, a winner of a Pakenham maiden over 1600 metres in April.
"This race will be too short for him but I want to see him finishing it off,” Bowen said.
Brisbane apprentice Beany Panya had her first and only ride at Lismore on cup day in a minor race and left a winner and returns today with one ride.
It's on the Pat Duff trained Lost Thief in the 2100 metre race.
Beany is the identical twin sister of Randwick-based apprentice Deanna Panya and both were originally indentured to Steve Englebrecht at Warwick Farm.
While Deanna, now with Craig Carmody, has been gaining attention for her ability on front runners Beany was getting few riding opportunities in Sydney.
"Both girls can ride but I didn't have the horses to do them justice and I couldn't get other trainers to put Beany on,” Englebrecht said.
"I sent her up to Pat Duff and it is the best thing I could have done for her.
"Pat is a thorough gentleman and a very good trainer, he has a big stable and Beany will get a lot of opportunities being with him.”
Since moving north Beany has ridden four winners including a double at the Gold Coast.