Bow­man teams up with old boss

The Sportsman Weekend - - News - By SHAYNE O’CASS

IT will be like turn­ing the clock back al­most 20 years when Ron Quin­ton legs Hugh Bow­man aboard the sta­ble’s Toy Show Qual­ity con­tender Dixie Blos­soms to­mor­row at Rand­wick.

When Bow­man made his way from Dune­doo to Syd­ney to ful­fil his dream as a jockey, it was Quin­ton who showed him the way.

Bow­man lived up to his end of bar­gain and was crowned Lead­ing Ap­pren­tice in 1990-2000, one of five Ron Quin­ton ap­pren­tices to win the ti­tle in­clud­ing reign­ing cham­pion An­drew Ad­kins.

Bow­man has re­paid Quin­ton’s faith and men­tor­ing in the best way pos­si­ble; rid­ing win­ners.

Rac­ing And Sports fig­ures show that Bow­man is the jockey with most wins for Quin­ton — 68 from 416 run­ners the pair com­bin­ing to bank over $1.6m for a spread of happy sta­ble clients.

De­spite their close bond, both per­son­ally and pro­fes­sion­ally, Bow­man doesn’t ride any­where near as fre­quently for his old boss these days.

In fact, to­mor­row will be Bow­man’s first time aboard Quin­ton’s crack mare Dixie Blos­soms.

“We’re good mates and he loves to ride for me when­ever he can but it is so hard to get him,” Quin­ton said. “You would love to be putting him on a lot more but he’s gets pretty well tied up with the big­ger sta­bles.

They are both go­ing into their races (to­mor­row) very well. They both tri­alled re­ally well and both of their heats were pretty strong. – Ron Quin­ton

“Corey Brown was sup­posed to ride Dixie Blos­soms but he got sus­pended last week so I was for­tu­nate enough to pick Hughie up.”

Quin­ton has man­aged to di­vide the sta­ble’s des­ig­nat- ed star mares, Dixie Blos­som and Day­see Doom, for now at least — with Day­see Doom to con­test the Show County Stakes (1200m) 40 minutes af­ter Dixie Bloom’s Toy Show (1300m).

“Dixie has been back in work a lit­tle bit longer than the other mare so I went just shorter race for Day­see and Dixie in the 1300m,” Quin­ton said.

“First of all in Syd­ney we are look­ing at the Golden Pen­dant (on Septem­ber 23) and then fur­ther on, Dixie went to Mel­bourne last year for the Myer on Derby day so all go­ing well, she will go down there again.

“They are both go­ing into their races (to­mor­row) very well. They tri­alled re­ally well and both of their heats were pretty strong.”

Dixie Blos­som fin­ished over the top of the likes of Cham­pagne Cud­dles and Ever­est hope­ful Rus­sian Revo­lu­tion while Day­see Doom barely raised a sweat when just 1.2-lens be­hind cham­pion Winx in her heat.

Join­ing Day­see Doom the Show County is the ever­green sta­ble­mate Boss Lane whose ca­reer P.B a win in the Brian Crowley over this same track and dis­tance back on Oc­to­ber 19 in 2013.

Boss Lane has won nine races from his 41 out­ings in­clud­ing the July Sprint at HQ as re­cently as two starts back.

“He’s in great form at the mo­ment and is well and truly wor­thy to take his place,” Quin­ton said.

Hugh Bow­man will part­ner with Dixie Blos­soms in to­mor­row’s Toy Show Qual­ity

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