Winx Rests but Bowman Rides like Man Possessed to Catch Avdulla
The Sydney jockeys premiership is going down to the line, that is, at least, according to Hugh Bowman, who has ridden 67 winners this season. We want to point out that Winx only accounted for six of those 67, so Bowman no doubt found some other capable gallopers.
With fewer than 10 city meetings until the end of the season, Bowman has a tough row to hoe if he is to catch the leader, Brenton Avdulla, who has led the pack all season and does not seem inclined to hang about in the jockeys’ room while Bowman tries to match and surpass Avdulla’s 75 ½ wins in Sydney.
Bowman will have to rely on flying under the radar, as the remaining races are not of the calibre that has made him a stunning success in the 3016 – 2017 Australian Thoroughbred Racing Season.
He won twice midweek at Warwick Farm to Avdulla’s one, which helped tighten the Sydney jockey premiership up a bit. He piloted another Chris Waller horse, Cosmic Engine to a BM67 race over 1400 metres, and Seventhchic, in a 2200 m BM 72 race.
Bowman has eight rides on his card for Saturday at Rosehill Gardens, where he hopes to pick up a win or two at everything from 1100 to 1900 metres.
Avdulla has the same number of jumps at the same meeting, but unlike Bowman, he will ride in the 2400 m ATC Listed Winter Cup, where trainer Joseph Pride’s Destiny’s Kiss will have to haul 61 kg. Beyond that meeting, we are uncertain of Avdulla’s plans.
Bowman, on the other hand, will be taking a couple rides Sunday at the Mudgee Racing Club, riding Eastern Paradise for Kris Lees and Free Ticket for Mack Griffith.
It is doubtful that Avdulla will be idle for long, as his 513 NSW Metro starts would seem to indicate. That number exceeds Bowman by over 160 starts, although Bowman has nearly double the lead in prizemoney.