Bowman Not Giving Up Hope In Premiership Race

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Hugh Bowman is not giving up hope of claiming his third Sydney Jockeys’ Premiership despite trailing rival Nash Rawiller by two and a half wins heading into the final metropolitan meeting of the season at Warwick Farm tomorrow.

Hugh Bowman will do battle with Nash Rawiller for the Sydney Jockeys’ Premiership at Warwick Farm tomorrow. Photo by: Daniel Costello

Bowman only has five rides tomorrow and admits he will need a fair bit of luck to overtake Rawiller who has mounts in all seven races.

“I’ve got a couple that look as though they could win but there are no standouts although I’ve still got a good book of rides,” Bowman told Racing Ahead.

“There is no rules to it you just need to go out and do your best and that is what I will be doing.

“If I had to pick a track to be doing it on it would be Warwick Farm as I just seem to have a lot of luck there.”

Rawiller rode winners in half the races on the card at Randwick on Saturday, to take the lead in the enthralling title race, and Bowman was quick to pay credit to Rawiller for his sensational form.

“Nash is just flying, he is in great form and he has the momentum behind him,” the leading jockey said.

Bowman had a fourteen and a half win lead over Rawiller in June but Rawiller was able to take advantage of Bowman’s trip to Ireland and a stack of rides opening up to get himself back in the hunt.

Bowman said that chasing the premiership wasn’t his major goal as a jockey but he was confident he had his second straight premiership in the back when he left on holiday.

“I do admit that when I went away to Ireland at the beginning of July I thought I had it sewn up,” Bowman said.

“It was quiet apparent to me when I was in Ireland watching all the results that I would really have to knuckle down when I returned home and that is what I’ve done.”

It was hoped that Bowman and Rawiller would face off to decide the premiership title in the final race of the season tomorrow but that is now impossible after Bowman’s ride Pleasurena was scratched from the race.

About The Author

Thomas Hackett

Thomas is a passionate and opinionated racing journalist and punter who has been obsessed with horse racing since he backed Saintly to win the 1996 Melbourne Cup. An international racing enthusiast, he has his finger on the pulse of racing news not just from Australia but all around the world.


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