Bowman Faces 2016 Randwick Guineas Headache

January 22nd, 2016

Leading Sydney jockey Hugh Bowman is faced with a tough but good problem ahead of the 2016 Autumn Carnival regarding which of Press Statement and Pride Of Dubai to partner; both likely to be geared towards the 2016 Randwick Guineas (1600m).

Pride Of Dubai is one of two options for jockey Hugh Bowman ahead of the 2016 Randwick Guineas. Photo: Steve Hart

Pride Of Dubai is one of two options for jockey Hugh Bowman ahead of the 2016 Randwick Guineas. Photo: Steve Hart

Bowman has already partnered both horses to wins at the highest level of racing, and the pair remain leading chances for success in early 2016 Randwick Guineas betting markets; something that undoubtedly adds to the stress of selecting a ride.

Pride Of Dubai was undoubtedly one of two standouts two-year-olds through the 2015 Autumn Carnival and Bowman was unlucky not to partner the colt to two Group 1 triumphs; missing the Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) through suspension but returning for success in the Group 1 ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) on Day 1 of The Championships.

Tye Angland was initially the retained rider on Press Statement, but after the colt failed to fire in the Group 1 Golden Rose (1400m) in early spring, Bowman was booked and responded with wins in the Group 2 Stan Fox Stakes (1500m) and Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m).

Bowman concedes Pride Of Dubai is not yet tested as a three-year-old or over a mile, but is yet to confirm which horse he will partner.

“I suppose the (Randwick) Guineas is on the radar for both of them, certainly Press Statement, but Pride Of Dubai, we’ll just take him a run at a time,” Bowman told Racing Victoria.

“He (Pride Of Dubai) might not be a miler. Press Statement, obviously he is but the other horse, I don’t know.

“All I can do is make the call when I have to. The reality is, that’s probably going to happen but hopefully not.

“He feels good. He’ll trial again on Monday to get ready for his first-up run.

“It’s quite likely the Expressway Stakes next weekend but that’s not in concrete.”

Pride Of Dubai has posted two wins and two minors through four career starts, while Press Statement has claimed an impressive five wins and one minors through seven competitive appearances.

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