Hugh Bowman is a man in form and in demand and he heads to Happy Valley’s eight-race fixture on Wednesday night (30 November) armed with another full book of rides as the HK$110 million LONGINES Hong Kong International Races edge ever so close.
Bowman has bagged four wins from three race meetings since his short-term stint started – all from just 23 rides at a remarkable 17.4% winning strike rate with earnings of HK$6.012 million for connections.
“I’m fortunately getting a wide range of support from the trainers, so that is important but it’s been a really smooth start to the stint and hopefully it continues,” Bowman said.
No stranger to success in Hong Kong, Bowman is a two-time BMW Hong Kong Derby (2000m) winning rider atop Werther (2016) and Furore (2019). His partnership with Werther led to three Group 1 wins, while he relished another aboard Lucky Bubbles.
Overall, the Australian – best known for partnering Winx throughout the majority of her career in Australia – has 33 wins in Hong Kong and has picked up a pair of rides at the upcoming LONGINES Hong Kong International Races on Sunday, 11 December.
Bowman will ride Beauty Joy in the HK$30 million G1 LONGINES Hong Kong Mile (1600m) after the 119-rater finished seventh last start in the G2 BOCHK Jockey Club Cup (2000m) behind Romantic Warrior.
“I think back to the mile for him (Beauty Joy) is going to be the key. I wouldn’t think he’s probably a winning chance but he’s a genuine each way chance or to finish inside the top four – with a good draw,” Bowman said.