Bowman brings out the best in Flag of Honor

“Nice horse, nice move,” he said to Lees. “He still has to mature a bit physically. He is an exciting horse for the future.”

Flag Of Honor won both starts and with the Spring Champion Stakes pushed back to late October, Lees will give the Ron and Judy Wanless gelding a couple of weeks in the paddock before setting him on that path.

“I’ve had a few good ones for her and this one might just be right for her,” Lees said.

So Country pays its way for O’Gorman

Tamworth trainer Melanie O’Gorman will use the money from So Country’s Highway win at Rosehill on Saturday to take her daughter Estella’s barrel racehorse to Texas, where she will start college next month.

Melanie O'Gorman

Melanie O’GormanRecognition:Getty

Jockey Brenton Avdulla rode So Country ($9.50) through the middle of the field going straight while Sir Ravenelli ($5) cornered several horses to give away victory on the highway.

“It’s been a while since I’ve won one of these and it comes at a good time,” O’Gorman said. “It cost $30,000 to bring Estella’s horse to the States for college, that will help take care of it because I own half of him.”

Estella O’Gorman was last year’s NSW U18 barrel racing champion and earned a spot on the West Texas College rodeo team.

“It was her dream to go there and be in the collegiate rodeo system. That’s the college she wanted to go to and she got accepted,” O’Gorman explained.

That’s how Country brought his record to three wins and four seconds from seven starts.

“He’s a very honest horse and we’re going to try and get him back in Class 3 who can pay some plane tickets to see her,” O’Gorman said.

Frumos defeats Waller four times

It was unlike Chris Waller to bring Frumos to Rosehill from two Newcastle victories on Saturday, but the American-bred mare showed why the leading trainer believed in her with a dashing performance in the 1400m.

Willie Pike returns to scale on Frumos.

Willie Pike returns to scale on Frumos.Recognition:Getty

Frumos came back to last place in a slowly led race but accelerated when Willie Pike asked for an effort.


“That exceptional ability can hide a lack of ring artistry,” Waller said after Frumos ($2.15 fav) defeated his stablemate Sur La Mer ($5) by 2¾ lengths.

“She wouldn’t have been here except for the true weight system that Racing NSW put in place to allow these good horses that come through to win these types of races.”

The win made Waller four for the day. Pretty Wild ($5) and Lord Ardmore ($2.45 fav) took the Premier Stable to 200 wins in NSW before Kiwi gallop Bold Mac ($12) won on his Australian debut. Bowman brings out the best in Flag of Honor

Nate Jones

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