Sydney Premiership Tightens as Avdulla – Bowman Contest Narrows

Hugh Bowman is a man on a mission, a mission of trying to catch Brenton Avdulla for the 2016 – 2017 Sydney Jockeys Premiership.

For certain, the big races are done for the season, but the horses do not know that, so they run just as though every race was important. For the two jockeys, Sydney superiority is a matter of pride. Avdulla would like the prize for the most wins in the season, some manner of consolation for the reality that Bowman had brought in double the prizemoney over the span of the season through his association with Winx.

Bowman simply wants it all.

He won three times the last day he worked at Rosehill Gardens, which served to close the gap betwixt him and Avdulla. If he can catch Avdulla, it would give him a fourth Sydney premiership.

Avdulla does not intend to go down without a fight. He has been a consistent producer this season and he has outworked Bowman by at least 150 jumps.

Bowman rode Gold symphony for one of his recent Rosehill wins. The pair ran off with the Listed Civic Stakes. Gold Symphony has made a good career out of soft going, and the win on the soft 6 turf on Saturday was his fourth win under such conditions.

The four-year-old bay gelding out of the Snowdens’ stables could be aimed at the Winter Stakes and the Winter Challenge.

Brenton Avdulla seven rides scheduled for Wednesday at Canterbury Park, five of those for Darren Beadman, one each for Chris Waller and Marc Connors, so he will obviously have some good gallopers beneath him.

Hugh Bowman has seven appointments in the same meeting. He also can make no excuses for not performing, as he has horses from Waller, Peter and Paul Snowden and Kris Lees to carry him.

The head-to-head battle for the Sydney premiership, in many seasons a forgone conclusion by the time July rolls around, is a compelling reason for racing fans to take note.

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