Hugh Bowman has copped a 20-day ban for his controversial ride on Farnan
Group 1-winning jockey Hugh Bowman has copped a 20-day ban for his controversial ride on Farnan in the G2 Run To The Rose.It means Bowman will miss a chunk of the Spring Carnival including four G1 races. His suspension starts on September 27 and finishes October 17.
It has been reported that Bowman will appeal the ban.Bowman set a hot speed on the $2.40 favourite before the hard run took its toll and Farnan tailed off to beat just two runners home.
Bowman was charged under AR129(2) for failing to take all reasonable and permissible measures on Farnan to ensure he was given full opportunity to win or obtain the best possible place in the field.He pleaded not guilty to the charge.
Farnan clocked very fast early sections, going from the 1000m to the 800m in 10.34 seconds and the 800m to the 600m in 10.88s.In a stewards’ inquiry after the race, Bowman said he was issued with no specific riding instructions, however, the Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott stable had expected the colt to either lead or race outside the other on-pace runner and eventual winner, Rothfire.
Bowman told the initial inquiry that in the early stages when he was positioned outside Rothfire he observed its rider Jim 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 started to race keenly and took charge. Bott said those instructions were correct and there was no requirement for Farnan to lead. After the race Bowman said the horse just didn’t settle.”I dug him to lead. He didn’t settle as well as I would have liked in front,” Bowman said.
“If I had my time again, I might not have led. I think the horse performed well under the circumstances.”