Bowman's treble confirms it's his season


Hugh Bowman has been at the peak of his powers during the festive season and a treble at Warwick Farm yesterday took his total of winners to 11 for the holiday period.

He started yesterday with wins on smart juvenile Raceway and Dystopia but the win of Rolling Pin gave him a fair bit of satisfaction.

"I have been riding this bloke and he has been going very well but I missed on the win last time because he didn't get my weight," Bowman said.

He quickly summed up the speed in the race and took a sit on the Gwenda Markwell-trained Rolling Pin, which had been leading, before sprinting clear in the straight to score easily. It backed up his four winners on Villiers day to start the Christmas period, when he took out the feature on Monton and the Razor Sharp Handicap on News Alert.

He added another winning double at Warwick Farm on Monday and, with the limit weight going up from January 1, he is now in the frame for rides on the minimum.

"Things are going well at the moment," Bowman said. "I'm walking around at 55 kilograms … for me the limit going up to 54 kilograms was a good thing. I'm sure if a good horse comes along on the limit, I could get to 54. In last few years, at 53, it has just been out of the question."

"I can get down to 54 if the right horse comes along. While you're riding well, your confidence is high but I have been at this for long enough to know you're a week away from a run of outs."

Bowman has opened a gap in the jockeys' premiership, on 39 city wins, five ahead of Glyn Schofield. He is looking forward to autumn and the return of smart filly Streama, one of two group 1 winners for him this season. He will want to give the ride on Gai Waterhouse's impressive two-year-old Raceway as well.

He will now stay in Sydney rather than chase the big money on offer at the Magic Millions meeting on the Gold Coast this week.

Article by Adam Pengilly | View the article at the Illawarra Mercury website

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