After 40 years of training Kalgoorlie horseman Gary Bowen is well condition to the changing fortunes of racing.
But despite his experience Bowen admits he is startled by the bad luck that has beset Private Business.
The son of Key Business has been a consistent money earner for Bowen since joining his stable in 2012.
Last year the six-year-old ended his campaign in a blaze of glory when he sprinted away to a winning hatrick.
The 2104 Kalgoorlie season commenced just as brightly when he won two races from his first three starts.
However, it has since come to a shuddering halt with the gelding unplaced at his next four appearances.
Capping a horror stretch was last week when he ran seventh to Delray Beach in the $20,000 Denver City Hotel Sprint (1200m).
“He would have run a clear second if not for interference,” said Bowen.
“I was confident from an improved draw he could have an impact and then he cops a check.
“He just can’t seem to take a trick whether it is wide draws or bad luck in running.
“If there is trouble he is finding it.”
Bowen’s frustration is heightened after Private Business was given a glowing endorsement from top jockey Troy Turner last year.
“He came back after one of his wins and told me if I looked after him I could have a Hannan’s horse in the future,” said Bowen.
“He also indicated he had the ability to win a Saturday race in Perth.
“I know when this horse is right he is a capable and quick sprinter.”
Bowen said Private Business, on the quick back-up, would tackle the $30,000 Terra Drilling-Kambalda Cup (1400m) on Sunday
“He has pulled up well but I’m hopeful rather than confident,” said Bowen.
“Delray Beach is going to be the testing material.
“But if he can get everything together and the luck required I won’t rule him out as a great each way chance.”
Private Business has drawn barrier nine of ten and will be in the hands of Misty Bazeley.
Delray Beach has been gifted barrier five as he rounds out his preparation ahead of the Hannans Handicap (1400m) on September 17.
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