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« 2018-Nov-13, 02:10 PM Reply #75 »
Bowman ban reduced to 23 meetings

Andrew Eddy@fastisheddy

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Hugh Bowman has enjoyed a post-carnival victory with the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board reducing his combined Melbourne Cup penalty of 35 meetings to 23 on Tuesday.

Bowman had been found guilty of three charges arising from his ride on runner-up Marmelo in the Melbourne Cup and suspended for a cumulative total of 41 meetings, which was reduced on the basis of fairness, to 35 meetings - or a 15 per cent reduction - by stewards on the day.

But the RAD Board, after earlier noting the unusual nature of the cumulative penalties, said it was appropriate that Bowman serve 23 meetings for two of the offences plus be hit with a $10,000 fine for excessive whip use.

The reduction in his penalty to allow Bowman to ride again from November 27 does not mean the four-time Cox Plate-winning rider can take up a riding contract in Japan as had been hoped, with Bowman confirming on Tuesday that he will now ride in Japan only on the weekend before Christmas.

The reduction in suspensions has also given the jockey the opportunity to take rides at the Hong Kong International meeting on December 9.

Bowman had appealed against the severity of the penalty imposed by the stewards when he pleaded guilty to three charges following his ride on Marmelo in the Melbourne Cup.

Charge 1 - Bowman pleaded guilty to a charge of careless riding, being that near the 500m he permitted his mount to shift in when not clear of Chestnut Coat (JPN) resulting in that horse being checked when tightened for room.

Bowman was originally suspended for 12 meetings. The RAD Board upheld the appeal and reduced the sentence to 10 meetings.

Charge 2 - Bowman pleaded guilty to a charge for using his whip 12 times prior to the 100m, which is seven times more than permitted.

Bowman was originally outed for eight meetings but the RAD Board upheld the appeal and varied the penalty to a $10,000 fine.

Charge 3 - Bowman pleaded guilty to a charge for returning to scale more than a half kilogram over his declared riding weight of 55 kilograms.

Bowman originally has his licence to ride in races suspended for 21 meetings. The RAD Board upheld the appeal and varied that to 13 meetings.

The RAD Board heard from Bowman's legal counsel, Paul O'Sullivan, who questioned the fairness of Bowman's 21-meeting penalty for weighing-in 1kg overweight on Marmelo.

He said five other riders had weighed-in after the Melbourne Cup at 0.9kg over their allotted weight. No action is taken against a rider until he is a full kilogram over his correct weight, meaning Bowman fell just 100g short of avoiding the charge.

O'Sullivan told the RAD Board that Bowman, against his normal routine, also weighed-out for the race without his silks, which Bowman indicated would weigh between 100 and 200g.

Bowman told the RAD Board he had a sip of water after weighing out but once he had gone out for the parade of jockeys before the Cup, he felt light-headed on returning to the jockeys' room so had a half a cup of tea.

But Steven Schmidhofer, for RV stewards, told the RAD Board Bowman had indeed found 600g from the time he weighted-out and weighed back in as he weighed-out 400g over his allowed weight.

He said a jockey of Bowman's professionalism and experience should not have made such a significant error.

Bowman said he took full responsibility for weighing-in 1kg heavy.

"I feel disappointed in myself for what has happened," he said.

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Originally it was reported he drank a bottle of water ...now it turns out it was only a sip but he had a half cup of tea.

Bowman told the RAD Board he had a sip of water after weighing out but once he had gone out for the parade of jockeys before the Cup, he felt light-headed on returning to the jockeys' room so had a half a cup of tea.

I imagine he can write the $10K fine off his tax  would be up for legal expenses plus the cost of the RAD board all should be tax deductable.

Giddy Up :beer:



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« 2018-Nov-13, 02:12 PM Reply #76 »
He appealed all charges and had some success. From Matt Stewart at RSN

BOWMAN APPEAL RESULTS

charge 1 Bowman pleaded guilty to a charge of careless riding, being that near the 500m he permitted his mount to shift in when not clear of Chestnut Coat (JPN) resulting in that horse being checked when tightened for room.

Bowman was originally suspended for 12 meetings. The RAD Board upheld the appeal and reduced the sentence to 10 meetings.

Charge 2 Bowman pleaded guilty to a charge for using his whip 12 times prior to the 100m, which is seven times more than permitted.

Bowman was originally outed for eight meetings but the RAD Board upheld the appeal and varied the penalty to a $10,000 fine.

Charge 3 Bowman pleaded guilty to a charge for returning to scale more than a half kilogram over his declared riding weight of 55 kilograms.

Bowman originally has his licence to ride in races suspended for 21 meetings. The RAD Board upheld the appeal and varied that to 13 meetings.

Bowman can return riding on November 27, two days after the Japan Cup, which Bowman won aboard Cheval Grand. He was to have ridden the same horse this year.

Bowman will be able to ride at the Hong Kong International meeting on December 9.

Bowmans legal counsel successfully argued that Bowmans 21 meeting suspension for weighing in just 100 grams overweight had been excessive.

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« 2018-Nov-15, 06:36 AM Reply #78 »
Yesterday Bowman, now that he is suspended, managed to fit in a round of golf at the pro-am before the Australian Open with his suspended mate David Warner.

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« 2018-Nov-15, 07:17 AM Reply #79 »
Says a bit about Australian Golf that they wanted the ilk of Warner along at their pro am.

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« 2019-Mar-09, 06:00 PM Reply #80 »
Bowman: No 'tragic circumstances'

Hugh Bowman has moved quickly to dispel any fears of a family disaster after he missed the last three races at Flemington on Saturday when called back to Sydney on an urgent personal matter.

Bowman was informed of the personal matter immediately on dismounting from Osborne Bulls after he had finished second in the Newmarket Handicap and the jockey immediately made application to stewards to forgo the remainder of his rides, including that aboard odds-on Australian Cup favourite Avilius.


https://www.racing.com/news/2019-03-09/news-bowman-heads-home-for-family-matter


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