Hugh Bowman’s return to Melbourne hasn’t quite gone to plan with the top jock being hit with a 10-meeting suspension that will see him miss the Cox Plate meeting.
Bowman pleaded guilty to a careless riding charge for his ride on King’s Legacy in the Group One Caulfield Guineas with stewards alleging he permitted his mount to shift resulting in significant interference to Mo’Unga.
Bowman was booked to ride Sir Dragonet in the Cox Plate 2020 with connections now seeking a new rider for the well fancied international runner.
Hugh Bowman (King’s Legacy) pleaded guilty to a charge of careless riding under the provisions of AR131(a), the careless riding being that near the 1300 metres, he permitted his mount to shift in to the inside of Cambourne when insufficiently clear of Mo’Unga (NZ), thereby tightening that colt in onto National Choice which resulted in Mo’Unga (NZ) having to check and lose its rightful running. Hugh Bowman had his licence to ride in races suspended for a period to commence midnight 17 October 2020 to expire midnight 26 October 2020, a total of 10 race meetings (2 metropolitan, 8 provincial). In assessing penalty Stewards took into account his guilty plea, riding record, that the carelessness was in the mid‑range and it was a Group 1 race.