CLEVER Hans will carry top weight in Sunday’s Moree Cup.
The Leon Davies-trained gelding, who will be ridden by Toowoomba apprentice Travis Wolfgram, will carry 59kg in the feature race.
He has a half kilo more than Double Halo and Narromine Cup winner, Mossamine with the Sue Grills-trained Inverell Cup winning Usain Prince a kilo back.
Meanwhile, Military Shrew might be eight years of age and have “small clubby feet” but she put her best foot forward at Tamworth on Tuesday.
The daughter of Shrewdy finished powerfully for a half length win from Up And Over in the Freight Specialists Benchmark 60 Handicap (1000m).
“She’s been good but early on we had a lot of trouble with her feet and shoes. She had little clubby feet. But we have a good farrier now and he’s done the job. The mare is going really well.”
Military Shrew has won seven of her 47 starts for Bowen, who also had Fonda De Lucre but that bay gelding missed the jump and finished fourth.
Bowen has no major plans with Military Shrew.
“Try and pick something similar to this,” she said.
Greg Ryan rode the mare and reported a galloper full of running. He was having his first day back after a two month break to overcome a hernia operation.
It didn’t take him long to return to the winner’s stall either as first ride back he was saluting with Kwilas Law for Luke Griffith. Then came Military Shrew for Bowen and he he made it a treble when he won with Greg Bennett’s Quick Spur.
While it was Jan Bowen’s first win of the HNWRA season it was Jane Clement’s fourth when little Jedak won the TD’s Paint Right Class 3 Handicap (1400m).
He won it by a nose from Griffith’s Sutton Chilli with George Woodward’s Grand Zariz a length away third.
Clement trains Jedak at Bendemeer for Don Hutt and Phil Lyne.
Hutt christened him the “Bendemeer Bulldog” after the race as he hugged a beaming Clement.
“He just tries his guts out that little horse,” Rachael Murray told Clement on dismounting.
Jedak has been an ultra- consistent little galloper.
“I went through his form the other night,” Clement said.
“In his last 24 starts he’s finished in the top five 19 times.
“That’s a pretty big effort.”
She has had a good start to the new season and sits second to Paul Messara on the trainer’s premiership with four wins.
Rachael Murray also leads the apprentices table and is second to Robert Thompson in the jockey’s premiership.