Bowman booked for Padraig

Hugh Bowman will replace Matt Cameron aboard Padraig, pictured winning at Trentham last Saturday.

Hugh Bowman will replace Matt Cameron aboard Padraig, pictured winning at Trentham last Saturday.

Brendon Hawtin and Hugh Bowman are hoping to go one better in Sunday week’s Karaka Million at Ellerslie.

The pair first combined in 2012 when Silk Pins, who was prepared by Hawtin and his father Keith, beat all but the Anthony Freedman-trained Ockham’s Razor. Their hopes this time around will rest with Padraig.

“We’ve been mates for quite a while and Hugh has been confirmed for the ride,” said Hawtin.

Padraig is part-owned by Tommy Heptinstall, who has also enjoyed past success with Bowman.

“They’ve had a bit of luck together with Trent (Busuttin) when Sangster won the VRC Derby,” said Hawtin.

“Tommy said that if Padraig happened to make it through to the Karaka Million then Hugh would be our man.”

Padraig confirmed his spot in the January 29 event with his impressive last-start win at Trentham.

“I knew he had improved since his first start, but he blew me away on Saturday,” said Hawtin.

“He’s got a really good motor and I’m happy to be letting the horse do the talking.”

– NZ Racing Desk.