"I really didn't ask him to do too much . . . Lord knows what he would have done if I'd really pushed," said Randy Waterman after Champerty had breezed to a 20-length victory over Land Landing in the 24th running of the Bowman Bowl today.
Early leader Saygunitstuart was a distant third and Steep Steps fell at the 11th.
A Fairfax Steeplechase crowd of more than 5,000 saw the 1980 horse of the year cover the 3 1/4-mile, 18-jump timber course in 6:32.2, taking the lead on the downhill run to the 10th fence.
"I really didn't know whether to run him or not," said Waterman, the Upperville owner-rider who had won the previous race, the Guest Cup, with his Chile-bred Superior the Third. "He's my favorite my old horse and we were giving away 23 pounds to Yovanovich (Land Landing). I can't ever remember him running any better."
It was the second consecutive victory in the Bowman Bowl for Champerty, an 11-year-old bay, and his third victory of the season.
Cinzano continued to win races on the unsanctioned circuit as Randy Rouse rode him to a four-length victory in the Belmont at 1 1/2 miles on the flat.