LeRomainwinsGroupOneCantalaStakes

October29,20166:01pm。

byAAP

TheEpsomHandicapformhascometheforeintheCantalaStakesatFlemingtonwithLeRomaingivingHughBowmanhissecondGroupOnewinfortheday。

TheKrisLees-trainedLeRomaincameintoSaturdays$1millionraceafteralast-startfifthintheEpsomHandicapinSydneyinwhichhehadtocartthefielduptotheleaderwhichtoldatthefinish。

ButwithabetterruninSaturdays1600mrace,three-widewithcover,thisyearsRandwickGuineaswinnerLeRomain($15)hitthefrontatthe300mandhadalengthtospareonthelineoverthelucklessMcCreery($21)。

McCreerywasheldupinthestraightbeforeflashinghomealongthefencetofinishashort-headinfrontoftheMikeMoroney-trainedTivaci($41)。

BowmanhadearliersteeredtheMickPrice-trainedcoltFlyingArtietoadominantwinintheGroupOneCoolmoreStudStakes(1200m)andsaidhewentintotheCantalaStakeswithconfidenceinLeRomain。

HeranahellofaraceintheEpsomandthemoreIlookedatit,themoreIthoughtthatwasgoodenoughformforthis,Bowmansaid。

Anditprovedtoberight。

LeRomainsvictorywasthegeldingssecondatGroupOnelevelafterhisRandwickGuineassuccessinMarch,wherehealsostartedatdoublefigureodds。

Hesbeenunderestimatedforquiteawhilebutnotbythestable,Leessaid。

WevealwayshadahighopinionofhimandhewasreallygoodintheEpsom。

Hehadtotakethefielduptothetearawayleader。

Thefourweeksbetweenrunsreallyhelpedhimgetoverthathardrun。

Iwentintotheracereallyconfidenthewouldrunwellandhegottherightbreaksandwasabletogetthere。

LeeshasLuciaValentinaheadingtonextSaturdays$2millionEmiratesStakes(2000m)atFlemingtonandsaidhewouldconsiderwhethertoalsorunLeRomain。

Iwouldntruleitout,Leessaid。