Following another successful riding holiday in the UK, Sydney jockey Hugh Bowman has indicated that he hopes to get back to the UK next year.
Bowman said that his best moments in his most recent stint in England was riding Halicarnassus to victory in the Old Newtown Cup at Haydock. In two trips to England (the last one being in 2007) Bowman has now ridden a total of 40 winners.
“It really works well for me coming over here for a couple of months because I am not missing much back home,” Bowman said.
Bowman also claimed that he would consider a permanent move to England if he could land a gig with one of the leading trainers.
“The prize money over here is a real concern and financially I’m better off staying at home,” he said.
“But if I was offered a retained job at a big stable where I would be guaranteed to be financially secure, I would certainly look very carefully at doing that.
“I’m hoping to come back next year. Mick (Channon) is keen to have me back and I might aim to get here around the time of the Oaks or the Derby so I can work my way into Royal Ascot a bit more as it was a bit rushed this year.”
Bowman left the UK on a high after finishing second in the Shergar Cup individual standings. Bowman was riding for the rest of the world team, which narrowly went down to the victorious Irish.
In other jockey news, Jake Noonan is set to return to the track three months after suffering a sickening fall at Flemington.
The Noonan crash was one of the worst seen on an Aussie track in some time, with fellow jockey Daniel Schmidt admitting that at the time he thought Noonan was dead.
However three months after suffering bleeding on the brain, the courageous young hoop will be back in the saddle at tomorrow’s Mornington meeting.
“I have no memory of riding in the race, let alone the fall,” Noonan said.
“The only memory of the day I have is riding Rusticated to victory earlier. So I’ve got nothing to be put off by. Mentally I’ve coped pretty well.
Noonan said he has seen the fall since recovering.
“I’ve seen it. It would have been a pretty frightening moment particularly for Dad (Trainer Tony Noonan). The way the fall looked, you would not want that to happen to anyone.”
However Noonan said that he was fully recovered and couldn’t wait to get back in the saddle.
“I just can’t wait to get back, it’s in the blood now,” he said.
“I was bitten by it at a young age and when you go from doing it every day of your life to suddenly three months away from it, it’s tough. It’s a feeling you can’t get from anything else. It’s just the adrenalin rush.”
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