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Therapy Proves a Hit with Boom Galloper
Massage for a troublesome back and a lighter training routine are continuing to prove a winning formula for rejuvenated galloper Boomgate.
Boomgate and jockey Ashley Butler made it three straight wins with a courageous victory after a wide run in yesterday’s Brown Brothers Class 4 Plate (1400m).
A beaming Bowen trainer Andrew Cameron said the modified training regime had completely transformed Boomgate.
“When we first got him, he was tying up something shocking and he just wasn’t finishing off,” Cameron said.
“I had a look at a few replays of his runs down south and you could tell he was having some trouble.
“We started using Bowen therapy on him and easing up on his gallops and it’s worked wonders.
“He has his whole back area massaged regularly and we restrict his work to a lot of trotting.
“We’ve been fortunate to have Ash on him for a fair few runs now and he knows him so well.
“The horse was coming back in trip today to the 1400m but there wasn’t anything else around for him so we thought we’d give it a go.
“It was a good tough win and we’ll kick on and see if we can work him up through the grades.
“He’s a beautiful horse and he’s a pleasure to have in the stables.”
Boomgate has continued a strong year for Cameron and his partner Lisa White who have trained out of Ben Bolt Park in Bowen for the past 10 years.
The team has enjoyed good success with So You Dream and grand old sprinter El Shaday who finished a nose second to Temple Run in the Lightning over the Townsville carnival.
Cameron was especially pleased yesterday for loyal owners Bill Dreger and Wayne Born who share in the ownership of Boomgate.
The win brought up the second leg of a winner double for Butler who earlier had an armchair ride on talented Rockhampton gelding Bustedup in the Hygain Class 6 Plate (1200m).
But riding honours for the day were clearly with Lacey Morrison who continued her great recent run with a winning treble.
Morrison summed up the leaderish racing pattern of the day from the very start to land wins on Old School in the TAB Maiden (1300), Spendarama in the C.U.B. Class 1 Hcp (1000m), and Arise My Son for Tolga trainer Sharlee D’Avila in the BM 55 Hcp (1400m).
Premiership winning hoop Chris Whiteley was also among the winners, guiding boom gelding Ahooshu to a smart win in the QTIS 3YO Hcp (1000m) under the steadier of 61.5kg.
The raging favourite gave punters an early scare after breaking through the front of the gates but was passed fit and led throughout to record his fourth win from seven starts.
Pictured: Take that! Boomgate and jockey Ash Butler chalk up a hat-trick of wins at Cluden Park yesterday for Bowen trainer Andrew Cameron and his partner Lisa Smith.
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