RISING STAR: Malmoosa is ridden to victory by Kirk Matheson on Lismore Cup day in September.
RISING STAR: Malmoosa is ridden to victory by Kirk Matheson on Lismore Cup day in September. Marc Stapelberg

Win boosts Bowen ahead of Ballina meeting

MALMOOSA'S brilliant win at Ipswich on Wednesday has Lismore trainer Daniel Bowen primed for more success at Ballina next week and looking ahead to the 2018 Ballina and Lismore cup carnivals.

Bowen will send three of his stable around at Ballina on Monday chasing similar success to what Malmoosa achieved across the border when the four-year-old daughter of Foxwedge beat a handy field.

It was her fourth win in 14 starts and her third win in five starts (the other two were seconds) for Bowen.

She has now won $69,460 in prizemoney and might have earned a trip to Brisbane or Sydney.

"She deserves her chance on a Saturday in town on that,” Bowen said.

"She went well, handled the step to 1666m - relished it, running away from them. It depends on what is on the next couple of Saturdays. "

He bought the mare at a Melbourne sale for $15,000 and races her with co- owners Karen and Steve Butcher.

They have had three wins and she appears to have plenty in store for her going on the Ipswich win.

"She's a horse with plenty of upside,” Bowen said.

"She could also be a Saturday city horse and we could even look at this time next year with the Ballina and Lismore cups.”

He isn't getting ahead of himself, though, and hopes she continues to thrive, as she has done, in his stable.

Daniel Bowen might not have a runner in the feature race at Ballina on Monday, the Wardell on the River Hotel Benchmark 60 Hcp (2650m), but he will have Pink Carnation and Dux Nutz in the 3yo Maiden Plate (1000m) while Hope Island is set to tackle the Class 3 Hcp (1400m).

He expects Hope Island to go well after an eye-catching last start.

"He got home well at Grafton,” he said. "It was just too short for him. He's up to 1400m on Monday.”



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