FORMER Bathurst apprentice jockey Hugh Bowman has been enjoying a Melbourne Spring Carnival to remember on super mare Winx but on Tuesday he will have a tougher time trying to take Who Shot Thebarman to success in Australia’s biggest race.
A Melbourne Cup victory still eludes Bowman and if that’s to change after this year’s edition 3,200-metre feature then he will have to overcome some highly-touted names and a horror barrier draw on the Chris Waller stayer.
Who Shot Thebarman is no stranger to the Melbourne Cup, with today marking his third start, and picked up third place in the event in 2014 when ridden by Glen Boss.
However, the eight-year-old gelding hasn’t quite found the form since which carried him to that placing.
When coupled with the start from barrier 20 it’s going to take an extraordinary performance from both Bowman and Who Shot Thebarman to pull off the win.
The gelding is still searching for his first win in almost a year and was listed at $40 when betting markets opened.
Who Shot Thebarman will carry56kg –the same asfavourite Hartnell, who he hasn’t got close to this season.
On the brighter side, the latest race for Who Shot Thebarman at least suggests he’s coming into the race ready to give his best after finishing a half-length behind stablemate Grand Marshall in the Moonee Valley Cup (2,500m).
The other factor in Who Shot Thebarman’s favour compared to several other Melbourne Cupcontenders will be that the two-mile distance will be of little to no concern.
He’s run six times at 3,200m or more, which includes a win and two placings.
Bowman himself comes into Tuesday feature on the back of two Group 1 successes on Saturday.
He claimed a win withLe Romain in the Cantala Stakes and also on Flying Artie in the Coolmore Stud Stakes.
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