Dunedoo product Hugh Bowman and Winx to go from barrier six in Cox Plate
Source: Nick Guthrie
She’s never drawn wider but the fact champion mare Winx will go from barrier six on Saturday is of little concern to Dunedoo product Hugh Bowman.
Leading jockey Bowman and Winx will reunite on Saturday, going for a fourth successive Cox Plate win.
Winx will be going from one barrier inside last year’s runner-up Humidor, part-owned by Dubbo businessman Lloyd Walker.
With trainer Saeed bin Suroor selecting three for second favourite Benbatl, Bowman indicated he wanted to be drawn out.
“By the time her number was drawn you could see Benbatl was in three and barrier two was available,” Bowman said.
“I wouldn’t have wanted to be drawn in barrier two to be honest. From what was left this was the perfect draw.
“I think it’s a draw that, depending on how the race is run, I can ride Winx to suit her and suit the race.”
Bowman said he would not make any rash decisions early in the race and will not be in a rush to push forward.
“But if they’re not going quick enough I’ll go forward, I won’t be going back,” he said.
“I’ll have her comfortable as I always do.
“She tends to prefer settling back in the field, but that doesn’t mean we have to ride her that way.”