Bowman Nearly Loses Winx Ride in Group 1 Chipping Norton

There are rules and there are rules.

Then there are rules that seemingly fall under the category of guidelines, depending on to whom they are being applied.

Suspended rider Hugh Bowman is therefore going to be in the saddle for next Saturday’s Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes, even though he has been suspended for three meetings for neglecting to ride one of his mounts for the entire race, not just on the one occasion, but for the second time over a period of one month.

Bowman was nabbed for failing to ride Realise Potential out to the line in a mid-week meeting at Randwick, resulting in a dead-heat tie for second with Glenall.

Bowman denied the charge and pled not guilty, blaming the apparent crime on the horse, claiming that Realise Potential simply lost his vigour right at the last.

It seems that the suspension will start on Monday, giving Bowman time to serve his sentence and be reinstated by February 25.

Since Bowman is the principle rider of Winx, the suspension held major implications for him, as once it was discovered that Winx could win even if a crash test dummy was placed atop her, Bowman would soon be seen standing outside Randwick displaying a “Will Ride for Food” placard.