Joe Bowditch Expanding with Kennewell to Caulfield
Without doubt, one of the coolest things about being a thoroughbred jockey would be having you pic snapped while sitting on one of your famous horse.
The only pictures of us that come anywhere near, due to weight issues and the inability to ride horses, were those of us on the Merry-go-round with a sour look on our pusses from having failed to capture the brass ring.
What would it be worth to have your image captured while sitting on Phar Lap, Makybe Diva, Black Caviar, or dare we say, Winx?
That bit of introspective musing occurred to us when we saw an image of Joe Bowditch on Viddora as we were learning that Bowditch intends to move to Melbourne to do some racing in the 2018 – 2019 Australian Thoroughbred racing season.
Bowditch is making the move in support of trainer Lloyd Kennewell, who lists his training base as Morphettville, SA, but is expanding to include some stalls at Caulfield.
Viddora supplied Kennewell with Kennewell’s sole Group 1 victory when Bowditch steered the gun sprinter to the win in the Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200 m) at Ascot in Perth last December.
Bowditch expressed confidence that more racing during the prime periods in Victoria could provide he and mate Kennewell with fresh opportunities.
“Me and (wife) Jen have spoken about it and we think it’s a good time to give it a try,” Bowditch told reporters. I’m looking forward to the challenge, obviously I’ve been riding here (South Australia) for a long time now.”
Bowditch ranks sixth currently in terms of the South Australia Jockeys premiership, with 59 winners on the season.
His resume does not seem to include any previous jumps at any of the big Victoria or NSW tracks, but he has made almost 800 starts at Eagle Farm back in the days when that venue was not playing host to dolphin races.