2016 Caulfield Guineas an Option for Cellarman

June 29th, 2016

Cellarman broke through for a maiden black type win at Eagle Farm over the weekend, and will be set for a stakes race like the 2016 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) upon resuming in the forthcoming Spring Carnival.

Jockey Hugh Bowman and trainer Chris Waller are confident Cellarman is up to the class of a good stakes race in spring. Photo: Daniel Costello

Jockey Hugh Bowman and trainer Chris Waller are confident Cellarman is up to the class of a good stakes race in spring. Photo: Daniel Costello

Cellarman had not posted a race win in three starts prior to the Listed Wintergarden Stakes (1400m) over the weekend, but did his chance of success no harm when jumping well for jockey Hugh Bowman and taking a good position in transit off the early speed.

Bowman elected to pull the Mossman colt wide rounding onto the final straight and was greeted with a big turn of foot; the two-year-old charging ahead to hit the line half a length ahead of Brulee.

Bowman delivered a typically-smart ride on Cellarman for success in the Wintergarden Stakes, and is confident the horse is up to the standard of a good stakes race when he returns in the 2016 Spring Carnival.

“If he can run a mile, which I can see no reason why he won’t, he is up to winning a stakes race in the spring,” Bowman said after the Wintergarden Stakes.

“He really relished the strongly run 1400m today.”

Trainer Chris Waller echoed Waller’s sentiments regarding Cellarman, citing a similar progression made by notable performer Shellscrape a few years ago.

“Shellscrape won a race like this up here and then came out and won the Roman Consul in Sydney in the spring, and it’s a stepping stone to bigger things,” Waller said.

“He is a very promising horse and I commented pre-race on how relaxed he was and that was the whole idea about coming up here and the trip away will hopefully help him mature.

“He was competitive at home without winning but he is going to keep improving and he is a nice, big three-year-old type.”

Cellarman trialled well in the lead-up to his competitive debut but clearly required a run when sixth in the Bendigo Bank Wyong Maiden (1100m) on May 17th.

Responding well for second in the Nuturf 2.y.o Maiden (1200m) on May 28th, Cellarman again finished second in the Schweppes Maiden (1200m) on June 13th, in his only other start prior to the Wintergarden Stakes.

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