Bowman not forgetting stablemate as Winx tunes up for more history


“It was pretty decent work,” Bowman replied.

Bowman won the Australian Oaks on Unforgotten last year in his first ride on her and kept his perfect record with her winning the Chelmsford Stakes in the spring but has not been able to ride her since.

I’m really looking forward to getting back on her. I think she is ready to run a good race.

Hugh Bowman on Unforgotten

The four-year-old mare was third to Winx in the Chipping Norton Stakes last start and gets out her shadow in Saturday’s Ranvet Stakes.

“Her work was exceptional when she worked with Winx before the Chipping Norton and she ran very well,” Bowman said. “I’m really looking forward to getting back on her. I think she is ready to run a good race.”

Good memory: Hugh Bowman rides Unforgotten to victory in the Australian Oaks.Credit:AAP

As for Winx, Bowman said she felt “as good as ever”.

“She is in great form. She loves working on that type of ground,” Bowman said.

“She feels as good as ever and we can expect another good perform on Saturday.

“It is her home track on Saturday, and that is where she does 95 per cent of her work on that course.

“She has got a great understanding of the track, and she showed when she won the George Ryder two years ago on a very heavy track that she’s confident on that wet ground at Rosehill.”

After that work was done, Bowman drove to Godolphin’s Agnes Banks training establishment to have his first sit on Microphone before the world’s richest race for two-year-olds.

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The Exceed And Excel colt started his career with a couple of wins in Melbourne along with a runner-up finish in the Blue Diamond Preview before stamping himself as one of the top Slipper hopes by winning the Skyline Stakes three weeks ago.

Bowman can only ride colts in the Golden Slipper because of his weight but believes he might be on the right one of Godolpin’s seven starters.

“I was just lucky the way it worked out for me. I have a good association with the stable and they have a handful of really handy two-year-olds,” he said.

“It is nice to have picked up the ride on this colt, and his form was franked on Saturday with the win of Cosmic Force.”

Microphone handled Cosmic Force with some ease at Randwick before the runner-up and new Golden Slipper favourite scored  a 7¼ length win in the Pago Pago Stakes last Saturday.

Blue skies: James McDonald rides Microphone to victory in the Skyline Stakes.

Blue skies: James McDonald rides Microphone to victory in the Skyline Stakes.Credit:AAP

“I think it is the most open Slipper we have seen for some years, and my horse is certainly going in at the top of his game,” Bowman said.

“I rode him for the first time  this morning at Agnes Banks and I was very pleased with the feel he gave me.

“There will be a lot more pressure on the weekend, so hopefully he can cope with that. He is going into the race in great order and he is one of a few live winning hopes for the stable.”

Microphone will have the ultimate advantage of jumping from barrier one, which is is the most successful barrier in Slipper history, having  produced nine winners.

Bowman’s other group 1 ride on Saturday is the Chris Waller-trained Dealmaker, which takes on stablemate The Autumn Sun in the Rosehill Guineas.

Racing writer for The Sydney Morning Herald

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