Champion jockey and rider of Winx Hugh Bowman could be back riding as early as next weekend despite suffering concussion in a dramatic fall at Royal Randwick on Saturday.
Bowman spent the night in hospital under observation after he was sensationally dumped form Golden Slipper contender Performer in the Todman Stakes. The world’s top-rated jockey was then released from hospital and was resting at home.
He is likely to ride on the opening day of the Golden Slipper Carnival at Rosehill next Saturday although he needs a medical clearance from Racing NSW officials before being allowed back in the saddle.
Bowman’s manager, Bryan Haskins, indicated the jockey will only have a light book of rides including Zousain or Adana in the Pago Pago Stakes, and Calculated in the Phar Lap Stakes.
Chris Waller, trainer of Winx, said Bowman’s fall was a reality check about the dangers a jockey faces every time he or she is legged into the saddle for a race ride, barrier trial or trackwork. “I saw Hugh straight afterwards and it puts everything into perspective — what jockeys do as a job and the pressure we sometimes up them under,’’ Waller said.
Fortunately, Bowman has managed to escape relatively unscathed and is likely to be reunited with Performer in the Golden Slipper in two weeks. Racing NSW stewards have ordered Performer must trial before being permitted to race again.
Waller said: “It leaves us in an awkward position but not an impossible position. We will trial him either on the Tuesday before (the Golden Slipper) at Rosehill on the Monday at Hawkesbury if the weather looks threatening. We will consider putting the blinkers on him.’’