Break open the Bottle, we?re off to Armidale
By GEOFF HEATH
BALLINA trainer Danny Bowen was so impressed with Bottle's win in the Ulmarra 'Chip-In' Cup (1750m) in Grafton on Saturday, he is now considering an assault on the Armidale Cup.
If Bowen decides against a start in the Armidale Cup, he will bring the gelding back to Grafton in two weeks' time.
Saturday's presentation ceremony was a real family affair with Danny Bowen Jnr accepting the trainer's trophy and Danny Bowen Snr the owner's trophy, which consisted of a silver cup and, you guessed it, a bottle of wine.
Bowen Snr said in the mounting yard after the race that when Bottle leads, he is hard to run down.
They were precisely the tactics adopted by jockey Darron Coleman on Saturday.
Bottle bounced straight to the front and led all the way.
Coleman rode a winning double for the day, also saluting on The Insider for Ken Lantry in the O Hindmarsh Builder/Riverview Service Station Class 3 Hcp (1500m).
The Ballina-based hoop also finished second on two 15/1 chances -King Croesus and Dr Coniston.
Three-year-old American Odyssey colt Edenville King came with a storming run to nose out even money favourite Maria in the WL & TL Woods Maiden Hcp (1400m).
The second favourite, Bucko, made all the running until the last 100 metres where he was grabbed by Edenville King and Maria.
The Jack Gallagher-trained equal favourite, Follow Orders, took his tally to two wins from three starts when he raced away with the Paul Winmill Caravan Sales and Repairs Class Five Hcp (1200m).
Well ridden by Nigel Seymour, Follow Orders was coming off a 40-day break and appears set for many more wins this time in.