When it comes to concussions and the long-term repercussions of head injuries suffered by athletes is disparate codes, it seems prudent to err on the side of caution, so it was probably for the best when stewards at Warwick Farm stood down Hugh Bowman from a mid-week riding engagement.
Stewards advised Bowman, after the second race of the day and on the advice of the Warwick Farm club doctor, that he (Bowman) was exhibiting lingering signs of the symptoms he exhibited after being thrown from Performer at Randwick on March 10.
Bowman’s head seemed well enough for him to resume this weekend past and well enough for him to ride two Group 1 winners in Winx and D’Argento, but it was a cool and cloudy day at Rosehill and the doc at Warwick told the stewards that it is quite common for lingering concussion effects to resurface on a hot day.
Bowman is in for more tests, but it is expected that he will turn up for Saturday’s racing at Rosehill.
Assuming he is cleared to ride Saturday, he has nine engagements lined up on the big day of racing at Rosehill.
Whether or not he can replicate his results or not remains to be seen.
He has no Winx this weekend to guarantee at least one Group 1 success, as she did with the Group 1 George Ryder Stakes, but Bowman also had the favourite in D’Argento for the Group 1 Rosehill Guineas.
Bowman will be riding Who Shot Thebarman in the Kia Tancred Stakes. That horse carried a $26 price when the Ladbrokes markets opened, but has since drifted as far as $34 before arriving at his current price of $31.
His other attempt at Group 1 level will be on Unforgotten in the Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes. She won the Phar Lap Stakes her last time out and it seems as though the experts feel the step up in distance will benefit her. She carries the favourite’s price at $4.80 and is given a genuine chance of winning, but her price has drifted from a low of $4.50.