SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 22: Hugh Bowman on Winx before a Sydney barrier trial at Rosehill Gardens on January 22, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Evans/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 22: Hugh Bowman on Winx before a Sydney barrier trial at Rosehill Gardens on January 22, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Evans/Getty Images)

No hurry to find new Winx jockey

WINX'S connections won't be rushed into choosing a replacement for jockey Hugh Bowman when the mare resumes in the Apollo Stakes at Randwick on February 17.


Bowman was suspended at Ellerslie racecourse in Auckland on Saturday and the eight-day penalty was added to the 12-day ban he incurred at Warwick Farm the previous day.

He will be able to resume riding on February 22.

Bowman has ridden Winx to her past 19 victories and 21 of her 26 wins.

The last jockey to ride her in a race was James McDonald on September 12, 2015, when she won the Theo Marks Stakes.

Managing owner Peter Tighe said on Sunday connections weren't in any hurry to discuss a replacement.

 

He said he had already had "plenty of texts" with offers from jockeys and jockey managers to ride Winx.

"It's too early to discuss a replacement at the minute,'' Tighe said. "We have had a good run, but it had to happen eventually."

He said it was in their best interests to take their time with the decision.

"We don't want to pick a jockey now and have something happen to them ahead of the race," Tighe told RSN927.

"We will be looking for a senior jockey who can handle the pressure and best suits the horse."

Tighe said Winx would have another trial before the Apollo, in which she will try to stretch her winning sequence to 23.

Jason Collett won two races on Winx early in her career.



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