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An inquiry has been opened into Hugh Bowman's ride on Farnan

Racing NSW stewards have opened an inquiry into Hugh Bowman’s ride on Run To The Rose favourite Farnan at Rosehill on Saturday.

Hugh Bowman came under a lot of criticism for his ride on the heavily backed Farnan in the feature event for 3YO’s at Rosehill after taking the horse a questionable sized lead in the race which ultimately saw the horse knock up early in the straight and be beaten into fifth.

Following the race stewards questioned Bowman’s tactics in which he stated he was given no instructions from the training team of Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott they expected the colt to either lead or race outside the lead.

An inquiry has been opened into the ride but has been adjourned with a date to be fixed by Stewards.

Prior to the running of the race Farnan was the favourite for the 2020 Golden Rose but has since drifted from $3.50 out to $7.00 with the TAB.

Stewards report:

Farnan – An inquiry was opened into the tactics adopted on the colt and in particular the fast pace set throughout the early stages of the event. Rider H Bowman stated he was issued with no specific instructions however the stable had expected the colt to either lead or race outside the other on pace runner Rothfire.

Rider H Bowman stated that in the early stages when he was positioned outside Rothfire he observed its rider J Byrne not showing a positive intention to hold the lead and he therefore elected to ride Farnan forward to lead. He stated that after riding his mount in this manner Farnan commenced to race keenly and took charge which resulted in the colt setting very fast early sectionals (1000m to the 800m 10.34, 800m to 600m 10.88).

Co-trainer Mr A Bott confirmed the nature of the instructions and advised there was no requirement for the colt to hold the lead.

The inquiry was adjourned to a date to be fixed so Stewards could consider the evidence provided.

A post-race veterinary examination revealed the colt to be slow to recover.

 
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