Champion jockey Hugh Bowman needs to seek out some continuity and momentum together with his driving after an eventful and controversial begin to the season.
Bowman makes his comeback to Sydney racing at Rosehill Gardens on Friday then Kembla Grange on Saturday after competing in Melbourne for six weeks in the course of the spring carnival.
He’s nonetheless self-isolating and might’t reunite together with his younger household till later subsequent week however his instant focus is to start out driving usually, preserve out of the stewards room, keep injury-free and start his climb up the Sydney premiership rankings.
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Kolding (left) ridden by Hugh Bowman gallops with Olmedo at trackwork. Image: Pat Scala/Racing Pictures by way of Getty Pictures
Bowman has six rides at Rosehill and a full ebook for the Kembla assembly together with Olmedo within the $1 million The Gong (1600m).
After virtually 4 months of the 2020-21 season, Bowman has solely had 40 Sydney rides for 5 wins which leaves him outdoors the highest 10 standings, a mirrored image of the varied points which have thwarted him this spring.
“I’m truly simply wanting ahead to rolling the sleeves up and getting some continuity again residence because it’s been a stop-start season for me,’’ Bowman advised The Day by day Telegraph.
“I need to construct some momentum and prepare for the Magic Hundreds of thousands in January as that could be a big race assembly.
“In Melbourne, I assumed I rode effectively however discovered it a bit troublesome at instances as I didn’t really feel I had the momentum as a result of lengthy suspension early on, then there was the Farnan enterprise and I acquired suspended once more.’’
Bowman’s Melbourne suspension price him the profitable journey on Sir Dragonet within the Cox Plate. He additionally rode Anthony Van Dyck to an in depth second within the Caulfield Cup and was within the saddle when the Irish stayer suffered a catastrophic leg damage within the Melbourne Cup.
The Corridor of Fame jockey additionally rode Group 1 minor placings on Nature Strip (second within the Darley Dash Traditional) and Montefilia (third within the VRC Oaks).
Bowman nonetheless managed to win stakes races on Fiesta twice (Northwood Plume Stakes and Begonia Belle Stakes), Wild Planet (Begonia Belle Stakes), and True Self (Queen Elizabeth Stakes).
Hugh Bowman wins the Group 1 Flight Stakes on Montefilia. Image Grant Man
However Bowman is eager to place these disappointing near-misses in Melbourne behind him and believes he can kickstart his Sydney season on the Chris Waller-trained Olmedo ($12) in The Gong.
Olmedo received the Group 1 French 2000 Guineas two years in the past and though he has been unplaced in two Australian begins since becoming a member of the Waller secure, Bowman is satisfied the six-year-old has the category and expertise to be within the end at Kembla Grange.
Bowman has by no means ridden Olmedo earlier than however acquired a deal with on the import throughout a trackwork session in Melbourne final month.
“I used to be driving Kolding in a observe gallop at Moonee Valley and he was struggling to work with Olmedo,’’ Bowman mentioned.
“I don’t assume Olmedo raced in addition to he was working (sixth within the Cantala Stakes) however he’s a horse that actually impresses me.
“The Gong is an open race but when Olmedo races like he was working in Melbourne he can be profitable.
“Whether or not he is able to switch that to the races I’m unsure. These worldwide horses, some simply hit the bottom working and others take a preparation or two to achieve their potential.
“That isn’t one thing I can inform at this level about Olmedo however I’m definitely happy to be on him.’’
Bowman is wanting ahead to reuniting with Godolphin colt Vacation spot ($2.70 favorite) when he takes on older horses within the Benchmark 78 Handicap (1000m) on the Kembla assembly.
Vacation spot and Hugh Bowman (proper) finishes an in depth second to Wild Ruler within the Brian Crowley Stakes. Image: Mark Evans/Getty Pictures
Vacation spot left a superb impression on Bowman after dropping narrowly to Wild Ruler within the Heritage Stakes two begins again earlier than struggling in moist circumstances when fourth to The Bopper within the Brian Crowley Stakes.
“When Vacation spot ran behind Wild Ruler it was a extremely good run,’’ Bowman mentioned.
“It was a quick race, a top quality race, and Vacation spot, though he didn’t have any excuses, he put the writing on the wall as a horse who’s as much as higher issues.
“Getting again on prime of the bottom could be the important thing for Vacation spot. James (Cummings, coach) took a extra conservative path with the colt after the Heritage however I don’t assume he would have been misplaced within the Coolmore, that’s the form of degree I believe he’s at.’’
Bowman’s different rides on the Kembla assembly embrace Godolphin’s Amercement ($11) within the Benchmark 78 Handicap (1200m), and highly-rated duo Air To Air within the Benchmark 72 Handicap (1500m) and Wichita Warrior ($5) within the TAB Freeway (1600m).
He can mark his Sydney return on the Rosehill twilight assembly the place he has six rides together with the John O’Shea-trained Don Arcangelo ($5.50, race 1) and Bergen ($18, race 7). The coach and jockey mixed with a double at Flemington on Oaks Day with Berbidek.
ROCK IS READY TO ROLL IN THE GONG
Coach Michael Hawkes has dismissed any solutions Rock is suspect at a mile on the eve of the $1 million The Gong (1600m) at Kembla Grange on Saturday.
The gifted Rock has been winless in 4 makes an attempt over the gap though they’ve all been at Group 1 degree and embrace a final begin third within the Cantala Stakes.
However Hawkes is adamant Rock will run a powerful 1600m offered there’s a stable tempo and a agency racing floor.
With The Gong attracting a capability subject of 16, the tempo ought to be real and the Kembla course correct score within the good vary, these essential variables are in Rock’s favour.
“Rock acquired held up for 3 or 4 strides at Flemington, if he doesn’t get held up he’s near profitable at Group 1 at 1600m,’’ Hawkes mentioned.
“He ran fifth in an Epsom final 12 months over a mile on a moist observe which he doesn’t like then he ran seventh within the Epsom this spring on one other observe which was a contact delicate so his type on the mile is kind of good.
Rock (Orange) was an unfortunate third behind Yulong Prince within the Group 1 Cantala Stakes over 1600m. Image: George Salpigtidis/Racing Pictures by way of Getty Pictures
“It’s simply that he wants a tough, quick observe and he’ll recognize the large Kembla observe. The horse seems effectively, if he will get some luck in working he can be arduous to beat.’’
Rock is on the third line of betting at $6.50 for The Gong behind favorite Purple Sector ($4.40) and Daybreak Passage ($4.80).
Hawkes, who trains in partnership together with his father, John, and brother, Wayne, will even saddle up Archedemus ($31) in Kembla’s richest race.
Archedemus has been positioned in two of his three begins since resuming together with his final begin second within the Girls Day Cup at Hawkesbury which provides the Hawkes secure confidence the gelding can run competitively in The Gong.
“We really feel Archedemus is correct there, we’ve aimed him at this race all alongside,’’ Hawkes mentioned.
“He races on the pace so he ought to be capable to roll ahead early from his barrier (13). He has acquired again to a little bit of type and it is a good race.’’
Rock and Archedemus are Crew Hawkes solely starters on the Kembla assembly however they’ve a busy day on Friday with three runners at Rosehill – Skywolf (race 2), The Bald Eagle (race 4) and Snowfire (race 7). All three are raced by syndicates led by Rupert Legh of Chautauqua fame.
Archedemus will be part of Rock in a two-pronged assault on The Gong for Crew Hawkes. Image: Grant Man
“Skywolf has spent most of his time in Melbourne however he ran effectively at his first begin (third at Echuca), he seems good and it is a good race for him,’’ Hawkes mentioned.
“The Bald Eagle is in his proper race and he can run effectively. Snowfire did an incredible job final preparation and his trial was good the opposite day. He could be searching for a contact additional however he can be aggressive.’’
The Hawkes secure additionally has two runners on the Moonee Valley Friday evening assembly with unbeaten three-year-old filly Passionate Lass (race 1) and Zougazem (race 5).
Passionate Lass was an excellent winner of her solely begin at Mornington whereas Zougazem adopted his debut win at Pakenham with a superb third at Moonee Valley final begin.
“I assumed Passionate Lass did every part proper at her debut, she has drawn effectively in a small subject and ought to be arduous to beat,’’ Hawkes mentioned.
“Zougazem is a pleasant horse going ahead however he has drawn a bit awkward and simply wants some luck.’’
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