Todd Blowes’ kids wore hats pledging support for Noble Boy, others preferred Winx. It was a nod to dad and the best horse he’s had, maybe ever will have, and a nod to their old man’s jockey in the last few weeks, Winx’s rider Hugh Bowman.
The moment the man who has held the title of the world’s best jockey returned after ambling to victory in the $500,000 Country Championships final, he yelled out congratulations to Noble Boy’s owners. The bush boy in Bowman knew what this race meant.
Blowes kept it together after a week where it seemed everything was falling apart. His horse had galloped so badly at Queanbeyan on Tuesday morning that he felt compelled to tell stewards. Futures punters shuddered. Everything seemed OK after a battery of tests, but at the final moment Noble Boy threw a shoe behind the barriers and needed to be replated.
At the 200 metre mark, Blowes needn’t have worried as Bowman and Noble Boy ($2.80 fav) sliced through the field to easily account for Lucciola Belle ($26) and Bennelong Dancer ($9).