Hall of Famer Hugh Bowman gave his approval as the Lost And Running sprinter took his first steps towards another $15million Everest tilt with a comfortable tryout at Randwick on Friday.
Bowman, who had not sat on John O’Shea’s talented galloper since February’s Newmarket Handicap, gave Lost And Running an easy time in an 850m heat at the Kensington track.
Malkovich, trained by Bjorn Baker, was a runaway leader throughout the round with Lost And Running doing solid work behind to finish 4-3/4 lengths behind the winner, who clocked 49.62 seconds (last 600 meters in 32.40) for the round.
“Malkovich went and left.”
As expected the speed @BBakerRacing The galloper Malkovich is too fast for his rivals during a test at Randwick on Friday. #TABEverest Contestant Lost And Running finished second with My Whisper third. @tabcomaupic.twitter.com/ZTKgHNiTp5
— NSW Racing (@racing_nsw) August 18, 2022
“It was (a nice comeback) and it was planned I guess with the goals he’s heading towards, but it’s nice to be able to get him back,” Bowman told Sky Thoroughbred Central.
“It’s the first time I’ve sat on him since the race which didn’t go to plan at Flemington (Newmarket).
“It’s nice to be back on him, nice to see him. He looks good, he’s very enthusiastic and had a good shot naturally but it’s a good start in preparation.”
Lost And Running has already been snapped up by TAB in its slot for the second year in a row.
He finished fourth on Everest last year and currently has an $11 TAB betting chance for the race.
Per Incanto’s son was one of two O’Shea runners in the heat with the well-bred Maximal finishing 10-3/4 lengths behind the winner.
Espiona was also in the same wave of Randwick. Photo: Mark Evans – Getty Images
Among the chasing pack was boom mare Espiona, who barely tested in the heat to finish just under 10 lengths behind the winner on her first try of this build.
Champagne Stakes winner She’s Extreme finished narrowly ahead of talent trained by Chris Waller in fifth place, in what was a worrying comeback for her trainer Anthony Cummings.
Meanwhile, the second round of the morning was won by Queen Of The Turf Stakes winner Nimalee.
Trainer Matthew Smith opted out of racing Nimalee in Saturday’s Winx Stakes and the So You Think daughter looked fine as she narrowly eliminated a 1200m race.