Win was Bowen therapy

BALLINA trainer Danny Bowen had to sit back and marvel as his old stayer Cedar Manor ($8) came from nowhere to beat stablemate Lachlan Valley ($7) in the $10,000 Evans Head Bowling Club Evans Head Cup (1610m) on Saturday.

Cedar Manor won by half-a-neck after missing the start and coming from second-last at the turn.

Ridden expertly by Darron Coleman, the eight-year-old chestnut gelding bounded home to deny Lachlan Valley what looked like an easy victory.

“His stablemate looked like he had run everyone ragged and he had to come from second last at the corner and just ran him down,” Bowen said.

“Motoki Okada (onboard Lachlan Valley) could see him coming, but just couldn’t hold on.”

Cedar Manor is one horse that just keeps ‘ticking over’ according to Bowen.

“If he was a bit over the hill, he wouldn’t have reached out and gobbled up all those other horses,” he said.

“Old horses like him just keep ticking over. They can put in one good race or they can put in one ordinary race which leaves you scratching your head and saying ‘Are you all right old mate?’”

Bowen said he didn’t have any divided loyalties watching one of his horses win over another.

“It was a better win than what it looked and you get a real buzz when you see your horses winning side by side. It’s much better than finishing last and second last,” he said.

“As a trainer you are only as good as your last win and when you are not winning people think that you can’t train.”

Bowen said Cedar Manor seemed to perform better at Ballina than it has at Lismore and liked it when the ‘sting’ had been taken out of the track.

“He likes being on the speed, but at Lismore you have to take him forward and that doesn’t suit the way he likes to race,” he said.

“He was out last yesterday and made his move and then sneaked home on them and overran the other horses.”

Bowen had a good day out at Ballina on Saturday after his charge Dowden claimed the Evans Head Handicap (1010m).

It’s likely Bowen will back up his runners in the meeting at Murwill-umbah tomorrow.

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