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Offline Arsenal

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O.P. « 2016-Jul-31, 04:20 PM »
THE untold story of the week was how close Hugh Bowman came to losing the ride on Winx. But the real question is why shouldn't he be staring down the barrel of missing the mighty mare's Warwick Stakes return?
ADAM PENGILLY reports for FAIRFAX MEDIA that the bizarre chain of events started at Canterbury on Wednesday when Bowman, Australia's leading group 1 rider, was outed on a careless riding charge.
Asked by stewards how far he had commitments up to considering jockeys suspended in NSW have nine days to begin any suspension, Bowman asked to ride at Warwick Farm this Wednesday to help owners who had booked him.
That was notwithstanding the fact his appearance at Coffs Harbour for the second of the two-day carnival on Thursday had been trumpeted in various quarters, the day he would begin his ban.
Overnight he lodged an appeal against that suspension, likely to be heard later this week, and was granted a stay of proceedings to continue riding.
Here's where it gets really interesting. Bowman was also suspended at Gosford on Thursday, less than 24 hours after his Canterbury misdemeanour. Realising if he was to lose his appeal over the first incident, the back-to-back suspensions starting on Thursday would have meant he forfeited the ride on Winx on August 20.
So what did he do? Completely flipped his position and asked stewards if he could start his Gosford suspension on Sunday, despite them only a day earlier letting him honour a commitment to those who wanted his services at Warwick Farm this Wednesday.
And they let him, keeping in mind the most prized seat in Australian racing was potentially riding on the decision.
But should that even be a consideration? I wonder how the owners who had wanted Bowman for the Warwick Farm meeting feel?
Does Bowman have any blame in this? Absolutely not.
He is massaging the system to work best for him. And to preserve the most cherished ride in the country, which he is entitled to do under the current rules.
But how can a system and stewards allow suspension dates to be a moving feast at the expense of forward-thinking owners who perhaps a couple of weeks in advance were clamouring for him to be on their horses at Warwick Farm?
Contrast that debacle with the situation in Victoria earlier this week where apprentice Michael Dee was hauled off six rides on raceday no less after losing an appeal over a careless riding ban. I wonder how punters and bookmakers felt about that?
There needs to be some consistency ... and fast.

This makes the NSW integrity look very weak......canvas backs. :thumbsd:

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« 2016-Jul-31, 05:27 PM Reply #1 »
Circumstances changed, of course he'd try to keep the Winx mount.

I'll bet Pengilly would do the same.

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« 2016-Aug-01, 12:26 AM Reply #2 »
Circumstances changed, of course he'd try to keep the Winx mount.

I'll bet Pengilly would do the same.

Pengilly in his last paragraph seems to be saying "Look at what they do in Victoria. Now that's integrity".

Pity he chose that example and not one like (say) one leading hoop beig found guilty of having one single bet on another horse in a race (without investigating if there were others) and suspended him for the strange period of 9 months which allowed him to ride at the Spring Carnival.

Funny he didn't use that one as an example  :chin:

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« 2016-Aug-01, 12:53 AM Reply #3 »
I've probably been a bit harsh on Adam there.  :chin:

He is right. If you are going to have rules then you need to stick to them. Our racing history is full of cases where champions were separated from their riders because of suspension. Kingston Town had 3 different jockeys in his 3 Cox Plate wins and I think suspension played a role there.

As for stewards looking after the interests of the club in promotion.....

This case is not without precedent. There was the strange case where Here De Angels was moved from a barrier alongside Black Caviar to the outside barrier in a race because of concerns about the barrier manners of HDA under threat of Black Caviar being scratched.

The modern day racing product seems to acknowledge that there is a big financial return on promoting champions and their jockeys.

Winx turning up on August 20th with Hugh Bowman aboard will guarantee more people through the gate than would normally be there.

I think it started with the VRC promoting Lonhro for the famous 2004 Australian Cup. He was unbeaten that campaign and a huge crowd turned up  with the promotion about his final Melbourne appearance. The scenes of the crowd wearing cerise, and the spectacular circumstances of the win made it one of the most memorable days in Australian racing history.

Along came Black Caviar who would bring the crowds in. The Brisbane Racing Club lured the great horse to Brisbane for the Doomben 10,000 by putting it on for the connections. She didn't let them down and a huge crowd watched her bolt in.

Now that Winx is here we are going through the same again. Originally I don't think Waller was considering a second start in Melbourne as he said in an interview a month or so ago it would be the Cox Plate only but acknowledged approaches from Victorian Administrators. The other day after her trial win he was saying now she will start in the Caulfield Stakes.

The reality is that if she wins her 3 starts in Sydney, Caulfield Stakes Day will now become Winx at Caulfield Day and the club will get a financial bonanza and a bumper crowd.

Is there anything wrong with giving special dispensation to champion horses and riders to promote racing? Probably is. But you are not going to win that argument in the Age Of Marketing.