Strong Field Taking Shape For BMW
Last year’s winner Preferment will lead a three-horse assault by premier trainer Chris Waller on Saturday’s $1.5 million BMW at Rosehill.
Preferment was scratched from the Ranvet Stakes (2000m) at Rosehill on Saturday, won by the Lee and Anthony-trained Our Ivanhowe.
Our Ivanhowe is now set to join his imported stablemate Exospheric in the BMW in a further boost to Sydney’s only Group One weight-for-age event over 2400m.
Preferment won a Warwick Farm barrier trial over 1200m on March 9 in a pleasing improvement after two unplaced runs this preparation behind champion stablemate Winx.
Hugh Bowman, who won the BMW last year on Preferment, will ride Caulfield Cup winner Jameka this year for Melbourne trainer Ciaron Maher.
Bowman had his first ride on Jameka in the G1 Australian Cup (2000m) at Flemington on March 11 when she finished second to the Darren Weir-trained Humidor at her third run back from a spell.
Weir also plans to start Humidor in the BMW.
Lee Freedman confirmed on Sunday that Ranvet Stakes winner Our Ivanhowe would back up in The BMW after his first-up win in the Ranvet Stakes (2000m) in his first start since the spring.
Freedman said the seven-year-old had pulled up well and he was not concerned about the quick back up for the import.
“The horse licked the bin out. We trotted him up and he's as free as a bird," Freedman said.
"This is unchartered territory - we'd normally not do this - but we know we went in with a fit horse so it's not going to hurt him.”
Ben Melham will replace the suspended Kerrin McEvoy as Our Ivanhowe’s rider.
Damien Oliver will ride stablemate Exospheric , the Caulfield Cup placegetter who was an impressive third in the Australian Cup at only his fourth start in Australia.
In other BMW riding move Brenton Avdulla will renew his association with VRC Oaks winner Lasqueti Spirit.
It will be the first time Avdulla has ridden the filly since her upset Oaks victory at Flemington last spring.
The Lee Curtis-trained filly has had three runs this preparation, finishing second to Winx in the Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) before running seventh in the Sky High Stakes (2000m) at Rosehill on March 11 hewn ridden by Jay Ford.