Hammer Drops Bowman Appeal Dismissed Winx May Miss Apollo

Sorry, Hughie, a ban is a ban.

Hugh Bowman’s appeal of his two careless riding suspensions for his riding shenanigans at Warwick Farm was dismissed by Racing New South Wales stewards. Bowman was seeking a reduction from seven meetings to some lower number, but, no dice, said the stewards.

This all means that Bowman will not be eligible to ride Winx in the Group 2 Apollo Stakes (1400 m, wfa) at Randwick on 17 February.

That leaves us somewhat flummoxed, since there should be well over seven meetings between when the suspensions were imposed and then, but we have faith that the officials who make and monitor the rules are capable of counting.

The outcome of Bowman’s unsuccessful plea is that Chris Waller is mulling his options, one of which is to hold Winx out of the Apollo Stakes, rather than use a substitute rider.

After a recent trial, Waller told The Daily Telegraph, “It’s still two weeks away from her planned first-up run in the Apollo, but if we need to make changes we’ll do that when required to do so. We’re in a pretty fortunate position, there’s lots of options. We don’t want to make things too difficult, but obviously going to Melbourne for the Futurity is a possibility. It’s unlikely, but it’s a possibility. We could even go first-up in a Chipping Norton, so there’s lots of options there.”

Bowman was aboard Winx for the trial at Rosehill and he said she was running quite well.

“I couldn’t be happier with her action,’’ Bowman said. “We had the luxury of having some nice give in the ground after a bit of racing over the weekend so the surface was perfect and she felt great.I’m happier with her demeanour this ‘prep’ compared to last time. She had quite a bee in her bonnet at the barriers at this stage last preparation but this time, even though she was a little more switched (Monday) morning, her behaviour in the stalls was exceptional and to me it is very encouraging.’’

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