Bowman teams up with old boss
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