Fiveandandahalfstar has won the Group 1 The BMW at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse today April 6, 2013.
The Hotel Grandgelding finally claimed his first win of the autumn after posting four second placings so far.
Fiveandahalfstar won the race by a head in front of Silent Achiever, who flew home for second, and Sangster, who placed in third.
The only three-year-old in the 2013 The BMW field, Fiveandahalfstar was paying odds of $4.40 at bookmaker.com.au.
Fiveandahalfstar has now won four of his 20 race starts and has earned more than $1.5 million in prize money during his career.
Hugh Bowman backed up his win in the Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes aboard Norzita in the previous race with Fiveandahalfstar’s victory in the 2013 The BMW.
“I’m pleased I did ride him during the week,” Bowman said of Fiveandahalfstar.
“He’s not the easiest horse to judge pace-wise.
“He’s not a sit and sprint type.
“From about the 1,400 (metres) I thought I was in control.
“You saw him fight when Silent Achiever came up his inside. It’s a privilege.”
Fiveandahalfstar will now contest the $1.5 million AJC Australian Derby at Royal Randwick racecourse, and Bowman is already confident about his chances.
“Hell go round next week and he’ll do it again,” he said.
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2013 The BMW Race Results & Finishing Order
|1||12||FIVEANDAHALFSTAR||Anthony Cummings||Hugh Bowman||–||6||54.5kg||$4.40F|
|2||11||SILENT ACHIEVER (NZ)||Roger James||James McDonald||0.2L||8||56.5kg||$7.50|
|3||8||SANGSTER (NZ)||T Busuttin & N Young||Steven Arnold||1.2L||3||58.5kg||$12|
|4||4||KELINNI (IRE)||Chris Waller||Nash Rawiller||1.3L||1||59kg||$11|
|5||1||FORETELLER (GB)||Chris Waller||Jim Cassidy||1.4L||9||59kg||$7.50|
|6||5||MALUCKYDAY (NZ)||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Dwayne Dunn||1.5L||5||59kg||$9|
|7||10||HATHRAS (GB)||Kris Lees||Christian Reith||2.4L||12||58kg||$7.50|
|8||9||LE ROI (GER)||Tony McEvoy||Glyn Schofield||3.1L||2||58kg||$13|
|9||2||MAWINGO (GER)||Anthony Freedman||Craig Williams||4.2L||4||59kg||$20|
|10||3||NIWOT||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Michael Rodd||7.5L||7||59kg||$21|
|11||6||GATEWOOD (GB)||Chris Waller||Corey Brown||8.7L||10||59kg||$26|
|12||7||KUTCHINSKY||Danny O’Brien||Blake Shinn||9.6L||11||59kg||$71|