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Champion Australian jockey Hugh Bowman is facing a stint on the sideline after he broke his right shoulder and fractured multiple vertebrae when a horse he was riding broke down at Sha Tin on Saturday.
Winx’s jockey has been riding in Hong Kong for the past year and is second on the jockeys’ premiership behind Zac Purton with 21 wins this season.
Bowman was speared to the turf in front of the grandstands when Hong Kong Derby runner-up Tuchel suffered catastrophic leg injuries. Unfortunately, Tuchel had to be euthanised.
Bowman could consider himself to only have a broken right scapula and three fractured vertebrae after his horse went down and another runner went over the top of him.
“I have a few fractures, nothing too serious thank God,” Bowman said in a tweet on Saturday night.
Earlier in the meeting, Bowman had won on Invincible Sage, which was the 600th Hong Kong winner for Makybe Diva’s first trainer David Hall.
But his fall could potentially sideline him until the new year and makes it highly unlikely he will feature Hong Kong’s lucrative international meeting next month.
“I spoke to him on Sunday morning and he might be lucky and avoid any surgery,” Bowman’s manager Bryan Haskins said.
“He would love to be back for the international meeting, but the initial forecast is he will miss between four and eight weeks which means that will be difficult. I’d say there’s a chance he will rest up until Christmas and see how he’s feeling in the new year.”
Bowman had been enjoying a brilliant start to the new season in Hong Kong, to put the pressure on Purton, the racing mecca’s dominant force.
Champion jockey Hugh Bowman.Credit: Getty
But any hopes of landing a first Hong Kong title are likely to be derailed because of the injury, which came at the worst possible time leading into the international program where horses from Europe, Japan and Australia will take on the locals.
Bowman made a hit-and-run mission back to Sydney for The Everest last month, finishing seventh on Chris Waller’s Espiona in the $20 million feature.
His incredible Australian career has already netted more than 100 group 1 wins, including a famous four Cox Plate victories on wonder mare Winx.
Bowman accepted a short-term contract from the Hong Kong Jockey Club late last year, but has since extended that agreement and appears destined for a long stay in one of the toughest racing jurisdictions in the world.
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