This weekend was to be another fully booked, including international riding, two days for Hugh Bowman, but his dramatic fall from two-year-old colt Performer in the Group 2 Todman Stakes at Randwick on Saturday has given the leading jockey reason to pause.
Bowman was left in air after Performer suddenly veered left towards the stand side rail at the 150m mark and he fell heavily to the turf. Fortunately following runners missed Bowman on the track and while he suffered mild concussion and cut and abrasions, scans at St Vincent’s Hospital cleared him of further injury.
Bowman stayed in St Vincent’s overnight for observation and was discharged the following day.
Rosehill conducts the Coolmore Classic meeting on Saturday, the first of three days of the Longines Golden Slipper Carnival at the track, and Hong Kong conducts the BMW Hong Kong Derby meeting at Sha Tin on Sunday.
Bowman would normally have ridden at Rosehill and flown overnight to Hong Kong where he is booked to ride the John Moore trained Ruthven in the Derby.
However, Bowman will have tests this week to determine if he rides at all, let along travels to Hong Kong.
"I am hoping to ride this weekend but I will be guided by doctors," Bowman told Sky Sports Radio on Tuesday.
"I have still got a headache coming and going. I was very lucky really. If the doctors suggest I should wait I won't hesitate.
"I will see Racing NSW Doctor David Duckworth and I would like to see a neurosurgeon as well to make sure all bases are covered.
"The doctors said if I am right to ride on Saturday I will be right to fly to Hong Kong. But I will not be taking any unnecessary risks," he said.
At the Golden Slipper meeting on the 24th Bowman will ride Winx in the Group 1 WFA George Ryder Stakes (1500m) after which a decision will be made on if the mare will travel to the UK for a northern summer campaign.
Hugh Bowman hits the turf at Randwick on Saturday, picture Sportpix.com.au