Top Aussie jockey off to the UK for a stint

Top Aussie jockey off to the UK for a stintOne of Australia’s best riders is heading to England next month for a riding stint during the Australian winter.

Former champion Sydney jockey Hugh Bowman is off to the UK to reunite with leading West Ilsley trainer Mick Channon, who he rode successfully for during a three month stint in 2007.

Bowman’s last British sojourn yielded 33 winners from 303 rides including a Group II win aboard the Channon-trained Hatta Fort. He also captained the rest-of-the-world team to win the Shergar Cup at Ascot.

Bowman will leave Australia after the Stradbroke Handicap where he is booked to ride Black Piranha and will spend “a month to six weeks” in the UK.

“Mick asked me to come back over and it’s a quiet time here,” Bowman said.

“I don’t think I’m in contention for the premiership, Christine [wife] and I have no kids so it’s a great opportunity to do it again while we can.

“It also gives Christine the chance to go and spend some time with her family [in Ireland] and I’ll certainly get over there and see them too.

“I really enjoyed my time over there last time, I enjoyed the racing and what I learnt and Mick always said he’d like me to come back.”

Bowman said the timing of the move is perfect as he’ll be back in Australia leading into the carnivals later in the year.

“It’s a quiet time here so I won’t miss much and I’ll be back for the spring,” he said.

“I’ll be back for the new season.”