Avdulla has Prince of Penzance Chance to Catch Bowman
We here were recently bemoaning the careless riding charge that resulted in Brenton Avdulla being suspended for five meetings just as the Sydney metro jockeys’ premiership was getting keenly interesting.
It seemed to be a blatant attempt to hand the title to the more popular Hugh Bowman and fits in nicely with our disdain for rules officials of every sport. A neat little conspiracy theory.
It turns out that Avdulla has a longshot chance in the last meeting at Rosehill on Saturday.
If he were to ride a treble and Bowman were to get shut out, Avdulla would claim the premiership. We truly love a good drama. Other scenarios exist. Avdulla could win four to Bowman’s one, etcetera.
We hope that Bowman at least has the courtesy to wait beyond the fifth race to cross the line first. If he were to win his first race, it would leave a bad taste in our mouths.
Avdulla first needs to make sure that all his jumps actually take place. He has had seven scratchings over the last two meetings and he simply cannot have one Saturday, as riding a treble is within his abilities, but becomes decidedly more difficult if his horses stay in the barn.
Experts are divided concerning the quality of the two riders’ cards on Saturday, some giving a slight advantage to Avdulla and others tipping Bowman.
It is hard to imagine a rider of Bowman’s level not being able to preserve a 2.5 race advantage, but horses can be unpredictable.
Avdulla was way up yonder in Beaumont yesterday, riding two winners. Those wins do not count for the Sydney Metro Jockeys’ premiership. He had eight rides scheduled, but Kim Waugh has scratched King Viv from race six. His last three rides of the day are on Chris Waller trained horses, but none of them are named Winx.
Bowman’s nine Rosehill rides are still on and he is riding a Waller horse, Ireland’s Zourkhaneh in the race Avdulla will be watching.