Hugh Bowman Draws Five-Meeting Suspension for Careless Riding

Even though he was not planning to represent Russia in the Rio Olympics and even though he has not been implicated in a government cover up of performance enhancing drugs, jockey Hugh Bowman still managed to draw a suspension from a racing incident that took place Wednesday at Canterbury.

He was having a good day at the meeting, winning races aboard trainer David Payne’s More Than Fabulous and Chris Waller’s Quick Defence.

He was riding for David Pfieffer aboard So Willie when he was flagged for a careless riding charge for letting So Willie shift out near the end of the race, causing trailer Raijinz to require steadying and lose his running.

Bowman received a suspension of five meetings that begins after next Wednesday’s Canterbury meeting.

As a consequence, he will miss the Lightning Stakes and the Rosebud when the new season commences on Saturday August 6 and Sydney’s Randwick Racecourse.

Bowman, a top jockey for years and rider of prestigious race winners, is not generally considered to ride in a malicious fashion of any sort. The recent incident seems more one of carelessness than anything and fatigue may have played a role.

The penalty seems appropriate and fortunately for Bowman, will be behind him before any of the Group races that start in earnest at Caulfield, Randwick and Rosehill the weekend of the 13th.

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