2015 Moir Stakes an Option for Rain Affair

August 4th, 2015

The former foreman for Darren Weir’s Warrnambool stables, newly-licensed trainer Daniel Bowman is thrilled to have been transferred Group 1-performing sprinter Rain Affair for the upcoming Spring Carnival and has revealed he will be set for the major Moonee Valley sprints, all going to plan.

Rain Affair will target races like the 2015 Moir Stakes for Daniel Bowman this season. Photo: Steve Hart

Rain Affair will target races like the 2015 Moir Stakes for Daniel Bowman this season. Photo: Steve Hart

Rain Affair has been a strong and consistent performer since debuting to racing for sprinting specialist Joe Pride during the 2010 Spring Carnival; posting an impressive twelve wins and seven minors through 35 career starts.

Understandably thrilled to have picked up the training rights for such a high calibre horse for his first full season as a trainer, Bowman told Racing Victoria he is indebted to notable owner Don Storey for laying faith in his young operation.

“Don Storey asked Carmel Size where all of her horses were because he hadn’t seen them in Sydney and she said they were down with me so he asked for my number and rang me out of the blue and said he wanted to send me a horse,” Bowman said.

“He said it was a bit of an older horse that hasn’t won for a while so I said  ‘no worries’ and he asked if I wanted to know who it was and when he said it’s Rain Affair I nearly dropped the phone.

“He’s settled in really well and has taken everything that I’ve thrown at him in his stride, he’s a horse that you can tell has been really well looked after.”

Bowman is confident the Moonee Valley conditions will suit the now eight-year-old through the upcoming 2015 Spring Carnival, and has underlined races like the Group 1 Moir Stakes (1000m) as hopeful targets.

“He’s coming here having only been beaten three lengths in the T.J. Smith three starts ago,” Bowman said.

“He’s been travelling in his races but when it gets to the point where he really has to stretch he hasn’t been doing that.

“What I’ve got to try and work on with him at the beach is to get him to really stretch out again and realise that when he does nothing is going to hurt and hopefully that will help him to reproduce his best again.

“The StrathAyr surface at Moonee Valley with the natural give in the track and the short straight where he can roll along and give a good kick off the bend will hopefully be in his favour.

“That’s being optimistic but we can always come back a few levels if we need to.”

Reduced to a running distance of 1000m in 2015, the Moir Stakes is set to run on Friday, October 2nd.

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