Hugh’s spring bounce
LAST spring there was criticism that Hugh Bowman had his eyes off the ball in Melbourne but the Sydney star has taken all before him this year.
This spring, it’s a much more relaxed Bowman and it’s showing in results — even aside from Winx.
At The Valley, he only had seven rides for the carnival and won three races, including the Cox Plate and the Manikato Stakes.
Yesterday, Bowman started the day on fire, winning two of the first three events for James Cummings and Godolphin.
The first was in the Carbine Club Stakes on Ranier and two races later Bowman came home strongly to win the TAB Stakes on Osborne Bulls.
Bowman admitted last year he had ridden cautiously because of a fear of being suspended and missing out on riding Winx.
Bowman has a huge opinion of Osborne Bulls and on pulling up declared him as a superstar.
“He was the best horse in the race and I thought he was my best ride for the day, to be honest,” Bowman said.
“His work here on Tuesday morning was extraordinary.
“I don’t look at breeding too much, but when I looked and I saw that he was by Street Cry, it brought a smile to my face. ” Street Cry is also the sire of Winx. Cummings said he would decide early in the week whether Osborne Bulls, who has now won nine of 14 starts, would contest the VRC Sprint on Saturday.
He also said he would consider starting him in the Al Quoz Sprint at Dubai next March.
“He’s a super horse, Osborne Bulls,” Cummings said.
“The start to life that he had, the support, and all of the veterinary attention that he had, it was amazing to be able to train him for 12 months and then to be put back in and still need another three.
“He still managed to get to the races for us as a late three-year-old and win his maiden. Hasn’t he just shot through the ranks to be a star in his own right?
“You come here with the confidence of having had The Everest form coming into it, but he had to lump the 59 kilos, he had never been up the straight before.”
Bowman said he gave Cummings the wrong steer when he told him Ranier should be kept to sprint trips.
Cummings ignored Bowman’s advice and was glad he did.
Cummings said that he was keen to try him over 1600m as it opened up a lot more options, including the Australian Guineas over the same track and distance on March 3.
Hugh Bowman battles to victory aboard Ranier from Dwayne Dunn on Wild Planet.