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Bowman suspended for Rosehill fall

Sydney jockey Hugh Bowman has been suspended for six weeks for the fall at Rosehill on Saturday that injured jockey Andrew Adkins with Bowman set to miss the first Sydney Group 1 meeting of the year at Randwick on August 22nd with the running of the Winx Stakes (1400m).

Bowman returns to riding on Friday, September 11th before the Theo Marks Stakes meeting at Rosehill on Saturday, September 12th. Additional meetings Bowman will miss are the San Domenico Stakes meeting at Rosehill on August 29th and the Chelmsford Stakes meeting at Randwick on September 5th. 

The suspension, the first for Bowman since October last year, commences immediately.

Bowman was riding at Rosehill last Saturday for the first time since a month's holiday. In the first race he was riding the favourite Smart Image. Approaching the 300m the race leader Mr Colourful was tiring and Bowman needed a run steering Smart Image to his left around the heels of the leader and made contact with Hot ‘N’Hazy who then faltered, then went left into a runner outside and then fell with Adkins going over the top into the turf.

Hot ‘N’ Hazy was not able to be saved and the Snitzel colt was humanly euthanised after the incident.

Adkins received seven rib fractures and pneumothorax - a collapsed lung - along with the fractured tibia and fibula and the fractured clavicle in the fall. He is recovering after surgery on Sunday. 

In a statement Bowman said: "Firstly I would like to wish Andrew Adkins a full and speedy recovery. I spoke to Andrew on the phone to convey how sorry I was for the accident. He is in good spirits, which was very pleasing and reassuring to hear.

"To Danny Williams and the connections of Hot ‘N’ Hazy, I would like to share my condolences to them. Having been involved with horses all my life I know how tragic it is with the loss of a horse and for all concerned.

"Jockeys are required to make split [second] decisions under enormous pressure and as a jockey with over 20 years of riding experience I have always prided myself on riding competitively, but also within the rules.

"Those who know me well know that it is never my intention to risk injury to fellow jockeys and/or horses when I ride and my record over many seasons attests to that. I look forward to riding against [Adkins] upon his return."

Hugh Bowman, picture Sportpix.com.au

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