Hugh Bowman the world’s top jockey won the traditional gallop ahead of the barrier draw for the magic million $2 million races to be held this Saturday. He carried the Queen’s Baton on the Gold Coast ahead of the Commonwealth Games to be staged this year. The Jockey has had a successful year with the mare Winx who has not been beaten in the last 22 races. The Jockey Carried the Queens button with a sense of pride.
Bowman led a procession of Australian best racing talent that included Kathy O’Hara, Brenton Avdulla, Tye Angland and Corey Brown. According to Bowman, winning any a race is dependent on many factors. But to him, the best thing that makes him win is when he races under pressure. He said that it is easy to win when you are competing people who are under instructions to stay behind you.
He further pointed out that it was a great honor for him to carry the baton as part of the commonwealth games. The Queens baton was paraded on the beach and jockeys availed themselves to take part in the annual race along the sand. Among those who took part was Ignacio Nacho the Argentinian polo player. Nacho joked that the event gave him the chance to race against the best jockeys in the world saying that he was happy to race against the world’s top Jockey Hugh Bowman.
The early morning gallop was watched by over 9000 people including Erin Holland the former Miss World Australia. She said that it was an amazing spectacle which she described as stunning to behold. Holland is already in Queensland for the Chandon and Moet Magic Million launch party which typically is used to kick off yearling sales. Last year, the yearling sales turned over $145 million from across the globe in sales and were expected to surpass this figure this year
Meanwhile, the Saturdays Magic Million race is already shaping up with the two-year-olds Sunlight Jonker and EF Troop being the favorites. The race will also feature the likes of Meryl, Quackerjack, Legislation, and Bondi, secrete lady and Skyray among others. It is indeed a magic Million race with real depth, and it appears that everybody won’t mind being in the middle. McEvoy seems to be excited by the Magic Million race and has indicated that he wouldn’t mind if he also participated in the race.