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Sandown layout to suit Is It Me

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Trainer Daniel Bowman is looking forward to seeing Is It Me step back up to 1400m at Sandown.

IS IT ME.
IS IT ME. Picture: Racing Photos

Trainer Daniel Bowman is banking on the bigger Sandown track being crucial to the chances of Is It Me despite the gelding rising rapidly in class. 

Is It Me tackles an open handicap on Saturday when he runs in the Tile Importer Handicap (1400m), but importantly the gelding drops 6kg on his most recent outing. 

That outing was a third-place finish in benchmark 78 company at Caulfield on June 1 over 1200m and followed a disappointing 13th in the Listed Wangoom Handicap (1200m) at Warrnambool last month. 

"We wanted to get him onto a bigger track, and it is a jump to an open handicap," Bowman said. 

"But it's a bit hard to justify to the owners to wait a week for Flemington for a benchmark 84 worth $80,000 when he just ran in a benchmark 78 race worth $130,000 at his last start. 

"He didn't get the room last time at Caulfield, but it was good to see him run well to show that it was just the track at Warrnambool that he didn't handle." 

Is It Me returns to the 1400m journey on Saturday for the first time since finishing fifth at Bendigo last November. 

Following that outing, Is It Me went on to win over 1300m at Cranbourne and 1200m at Caulfield, but it was on the recommendation of Jordan Childs that the gelding be tried again at the longer trip. 

"We've kept him at the shorter trips for the last five or six starts, just trying to get him to relax and settle," Bowman said. 

"Jordy is pretty happy with him and seems to think he's doing that pretty well now and said it was time to step back to the 1400 metres. 

"It's probably more his natural distance. 

"He's starting to put it altogether now and I would say next prep we will see the best version of him." 

Bowman said Is It Me was unlikely to step out further than 1400m at present and was only taking it one run at a time. 

He said this preparation was about raising the gelding's rating. 

"The aim was to try and get his rating into the 80's so we can set a bit of a spring plan with him," Bowman said. 

"Something like the (Group 1) Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) would be the ideal race if we thought he was good enough. 

"It's a shame it's at Caulfield though." 


Racing and Sports

Sandown-Hillside

Saturday, 15th June 2024

8
16:05
(local)

Tile Importer Handicap

WT: 54.0kg Type: OPEN
AUD $150,000
1400m TURF SOFT
8
16:05
(local)
AUD $150,000
1400m SOFT

Tile Importer Handicap

WT: 54.0kg Type: OPEN


FP Silk Horse, Age & Sex
Sire & Dam
Jockey
Trainer
SP
WT
1st 1. GENTLEMAN ROY (AUS) 7yo G
SO YOU THINK (NZ) - LA LA LAND (AUS)
CELINE GAUDRAY
BEN, WILL & JD HAYES
$13
58.5kg
C A Woods, P A Woods & B J Woods
2nd 4. NICOLINI VITO (AUS) 6yo G
NICCONI (AUS) - SHE'S CHERRYRYPE (AUS)
JYE MCNEIL
BEN, WILL & JD HAYES
$4.5
58.5kg
Lindsay Park Bloodstock (Mgr: Mrs S Steel), P B Devitt, C A Gordon, R L Gordon & D J Gordon
3rd 13. SO RISQUE (NZ) 6yo G
SO YOU THINK (NZ) - RISQUE BUSINESS (NZ)
MATTHEW CARTWRIGHT
BEN, WILL & JD HAYES
$4
54kg
R J Slade, M L Davies, G J Moore, J Lumsden, D Lumsden, T E Lucin, M N Thoroughgood, M Hafda, N J Allen, J F Tonna, Ms V Golota, R J Wilson, W T Grant, B Crnac, C P Free, Scutch Comb (Mgr: R Young), G P O'Shea, Mrs S E Fisher, Captains Crew (Mgr: M J McKay) & S Lapsley

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4th 16. IS IT ME (AUS) 4yo G
IFFRAAJ (GB) - GOSH (IRE)
JORDAN CHILDS
DANIEL BOWMAN
$6
54kg

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5th 9. GALERON (IRE) 4yo G
CAMACHO (GB) - SOCIETY GAL (IRE)
BLAIKE MCDOUGALL
ANNABEL NEASHAM
$26
56kg

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6th 5. EARLSWOOD (GB) 6yo G
PIVOTAL (GB) - FIELD OF MIRACLES (IRE)
ETHAN BROWN
MADDIE RAYMOND
$31
57kg

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7th 8. WINDSTORM (AUS) 7yo G
REDOUTE'S CHOICE (AUS) - STORM ALERT (AUS)
BEAU MERTENS
GAVIN BEDGGOOD
$6
56kg

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8th 12. REGARDSMAREE (AUS) 7yo G
SO YOU THINK (NZ) - ROSSA MIA (AUS)
JOE BOWDITCH
NICK RYAN
$51
54kg

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9th 14. LORD VLADIVOSTOK (NZ) 7yo G
TAVISTOCK (NZ) - SOVIET LU (NZ)
JAYLAH KENNEDY
MICHAEL HICKMOTT
$17
52kg

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I AM INVINCIBLE (AUS) - BIT OF CHEEK (AUS)
TATUM BULL
CLAYTON DOUGLAS
$41
52kg

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CARLTON HOUSE (USA) - OLD MONEY (AUS)
MS CARLEEN HEFEL
CIARON MAHER
$81
59.5kg
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SHOWCASING (GB) - KHALES (NZ)
DECLAN BATES
JOHN LEEK (JNR)
$18
59.5kg

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13th 10. PASCERO (AUS) 5yo G
PIERRO (AUS) - PASS THE PARCEL (AUS)
ZAC SPAIN
TRENT BUSUTTIN & NATALIE YOUNG
$14
55.5kg

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14th 7. HOLYFIELD (AUS) 6yo G
I AM INVINCIBLE (AUS) - HURTLE MYRTLE (AUS)
THOMAS STOCKDALE
ANNABEL NEASHAM
$51
57kg

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15th 15. ALVERDUN (AUS) 5yo G
DUNDEEL (NZ) - ALVERTA (AUS)
LINDA MEECH
TRENT BUSUTTIN & NATALIE YOUNG
$101
54kg

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