Hugh Bowman will ride Winx after receiving a medical clearance. Winix had been scheduled to compete in the forthcoming George Ryder Stakes but it was not clear whether Bowman would be available to ride the mare after falling off in the Todman Stakes. After the accident, Bowman suffered a concussion. He was required to undergo a cognitive test and has received the green light that allows him to go back to the saddle during the Golden Slipper meeting.
Hugh Bowman has indicated that he was seriously preparing for the Saturday’s race. He will ride Newcastle on Thursday and Trackwork on Tuesday as part of the Slipper Day preparations. This means that the world’s number one jockey will be at Rosehill on Saturday riding the mighty Winix. If the mare will win the race, it will be her 24th consecutive Group 1 win. Bowman said that he will not ride in the Gosford races but will take part in the Thursday races. He said that he was still feeling some soar on the shoulder following the fall but he was much better compared to how he felt last week. He was forced to stand down from riding after his neurosurgeon advised him to have a rest. This forced him to skip the Coolmore Classic meeting that was held at Rosehill on Saturday. He also skipped the Hong Kong Derby that was held at Sha Tin yesterday.
However, the cognitive test shows that his brain function and awareness are ok and thus, he has been cleared to go back in the saddle. According to Peter Tighe, Bowman did the right thing to take a few days off to help get himself right. He said that he was happy that the world’s number one Jockey is fit and ready to saddle the great mare once again. He commented Bowman for his expertise and experience which he said makes him feel at ease.
Meanwhile, Winix has prepared well for the George Ryder Stakes. She was ridden by McEvoy at Rosehill trial last Saturday while Bowman watched from his lounge room. Bowman will be reunited with the great mare this morning as he plans to move the preparations to a higher level. Bowman has ridden Winx 19 times out of the 23 starts and is expected to be in the saddle during the George Ryder Stake.