Bowman made the surprising admission he went into the Cox Plate without a riding plan.
“I didn’t have a plan, I just wanted to ride her where she was comfortable,’’ Bowman said. “I knew if she was comfortable she would deliver.
“I didn’t want to go for home at the 500m but when The Cleaner ran off, I thought I had a soft run, I knew she could sprint and they weren’t making up ground.
“It is not like I thought of all of this, it was an instinctive move and I was happy to capitalise.
“When we went through, I thought I’m in business here. I thought if she tires it is because I went too early.
“But she is a super mare, I relied on her and she delivered.’’