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Bowman to end big season on winning note
Mandy Cottell
18:27 AEST Thu Jul 19 2012

On the cusp of winning his second Sydney jockeys' premiership, Hugh Bowman will be striving to end his season on a successful note when he heads to Rosehill for six rides.

Bowman will take a short holiday after Saturday to recharge his batteries ahead of the new term which starts on August 1.

He will leave safe in the knowledge he has the premiership wrapped-up. He holds an 18-1/2 win lead over defending champion Nash Rawiller with four meetings of the season remaining.

It will be the second time Bowman has taken champion jockey honours after claiming the title in 2008-09 and it's a proud achievement.

"My word, it means a lot," Bowman said.

"It's hard to win. It's a room full of world-class jockeys.

"The thing about the premiership is it shows consistency through the year and for me personally, it's very important to give every horse I ride every chance to win."

Bowman rates his Victoria Derby victory aboard Sangster as the high point of his stellar season.

Not far behind has been his association with top Guy Walter-trained filly Streama who he guided to Group One wins in the Flight Stakes and Australian Oaks.

"The Derby is one of the main races of the carnival. Down there on the big stage and to back up from Lion Tamer's Victoria Derby win and make it two in a row was a highlight," Bowman said.

"Also, obviously my association with Streama. Guy Walter trains her and he's been an integral part of my career."

Bowman will link with Walter on Saturday when he partners last start winner Dehere Hunter in the final race.

In an open market, Dehere Hunter is the $5.50 favourite to post his fifth win from 14 starts.

Bowman also has four rides for leading trainer Chris Waller including the progressive Grand Business in the Woolworths Handicap (1200m) and Stout Hearted in the Myer Handicap (1500m).

By Dynaformer, the same sire as 2010 Melbourne Cup winner Americain, Stout Hearted had seven starts in England before joining Waller's team.

He had a two-start preparation in the autumn, including a third over 1900m at Canterbury with Bowman aboard.

He returned in great fashion to score first-up over 1400m at Rosehill last start for Nathan Berry and Bowman is hoping he can reproduce that effort on the weekend.

"He's a lovely horse, one of the nicest imports Chris has brought over," Bowman said.

"You saw what he did first-up. He's more a staying type so whether he can do that again second-up we will wait and see."

Punters think he can with Stout Hearted the $4.40 favourite.


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