Carpooling Sydney jockeys make it to Melbourne
Hugh Bowman was in good spirits yesterday after a ten-hour, one-way road trip with rival jockey Tommy Berry from Sydney to Melbourne to ensure their compliance with biosecurity measures introduced by Racing Victoria in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. Both had longstanding commitments in the William Reid Stakes at Moonee Valley tonight with Bowman aboard favourite Bivouac and Berry on Exceedance (Exceed And Excel), before they return to Sydney on a charter flight with several Victorian-based jockeys, including Craig Williams and Damien Oliver, to ride at tomorrow’s Golden Slipper meeting at Rosehill.
“I think, more than anything, everybody wants to do everything they need to do as individuals to ensure the ball keeps rolling with the races,” Bowman said. “Whatever needs to be done as far as biosecurity measures, I think everyone is in the same boat in terms of being prepared to do that.”