Bowman Does Not Need Ride Sharing App to Find Horses
Is there a Thoroughbred version of Uber? The last person we would ask is Hugh Bowman. Following his no surprise win on Winx in the Group 2 Apollo Stakes at Randwick the weekend past, Bowman has more rides that he can possibly take.
He has his own app on his mobile where he can scroll down the list of available Group 1 winners, find out where they are running, and then, with a single tap, set up his schedule for the balance of the autumn racing carnivals. He might even be able to pick horses yet to be foaled, but that feature is still in the beta stage.
Actually, Bowman is going to take some rides for Godolphin and he will ride Avilius in the Group 2 Peter Young Stakes (1800 m) in place of Glyn Schofield. Avilius is a competent Group 3 runner and it would seem that while nobody can dispute the credentials of Schofield, the connections for Avilius seem to hold the opinion that the time is now for the five-year-old to move up in class.
Avilius did okay at Group 2 in Europe. His most recent outing was the Group 3 Carlyon Cup (1600 m) at Caulfield, a win with Kerrin McEvoy atop.
Bowman will be doing some riding for Godolphin at Caulfield for the next Saturday meeting.
He will ride Alizee in the Group 1 Futurity Stakes (1400 m). He has ridden her before and he won on her at the tail end of 2018 in a Listed race at Randwick.
James Cummings is the current head of the Australian branch of the worldwide racing behemoth Godolphin. Bowman has ridden for him over 60 times in the past 12 months and has won or placed over 50 percent of the time.
Alizee is the top line for the All-Star Mile betting ($4.80 Sportsbet), but there is talk that he might not receive enough of the popular vote to get in and would need a wildcard from Racing Victoria to get in the race.