WINX CAMPAIGN TOOK ITS TOLL ON BOWMAN

WINX CAMPAIGN TOOK ITS TOLL ON BOWMAN

As Hugh Bowman prepares to return to race riding for the first time in two months, he has admitted the emotion surrounding Winx took a mental and physical toll.

The champion jockey has confirmed he will return at the Randwick meeting on Saturday week, having not ridden since May 1 after deciding to take an extended break from the saddle because of exhaustion.

“I underestimated the impact that Winx had on everybody. All the emotion everyone felt around Winx, I blocked that out so I could continue to play my role and do my job to the best of my ability,” Bowman said.

“At the end of the day it took its toll and I felt that when she retired. I was just exhausted. My body was telling me, that was the bottom line. A few people questioned the decision, including myself at times, but it wasn’t a decision I would have made unless I needed to and I’m glad I did.”

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