Alward finds his mojo again after stint in the Queensland sun


“He arrived earlier in the week. Obviously the team up there do a very good job, so they get plenty of credit.

A change of scenery is good for the horse and keeps them interested. Hugh Bowman gave him a beautiful ride.

Chris Waller

“A change of scenery is good for the horse and keeps them interested. Hugh Bowman gave him a beautiful ride.

“It is hard to explain horses and switching stables and how it invigorates them. Horses like him are good enough to be at this level, but I think sometimes they go through the motions a bit and need things to go their way. The change can really help them.”

In his first Australian preparation, Alward raced through the grades with four wins before being runner-up in the City Tattersalls Cup and then fourth in the Lexus on Derby, followed by  a runner-up finish at Listed level in the group 3 Manion Cup.

This preparation for Alward started in April and took until November 9 for him to find the winner’s stall but will continue   towards the new year.

“I would like to keep him around the same distance, so you are thinking the Summer Cup on Boxing Day,” Waller said. “He is handling the racing pretty well.”

Alward gave Hugh Bowman a winning double for the afternoon after he won the opener on two-year-old Muntaseera. He made a brilliant move to get the rail early on and at the top pulled off leader Taikomochi’s heels and had a sprint to get away from the rest of the field.

“The race was run to suit him. Chris has done a great job to get him back in form. Obviously he has tinkered with things with him and that’s two wins in a row now, so it’s working,” Bowman said.

Waller had an eye to those running on late from back in the field, including High Bridge, which  followed the rail home for sixth, while Black On Gold, which got further back than planned, was strong late to grab second.

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“High Bridge was good. He actually went terrific and he will go the Christmas Cup,” Waller said. “Black On Gold is heading to the Magic Millions and will need another run before it.

“He could go there there as well.”

Waller made it a winning double and another quinella with Orcien and Tunero in the final race of the day.

The premier trainer said Brenton Avdulla had found the key to Orcein.

“He gets him rolling it has been the change he needed,” Waller said. “Brenton is a very good rider and probably deserves a few more chance from us.

“He just gets him out and going a bit earlier than we would usually do and Orcein keeps going.”

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