Why the Hugh Bowman factor means Who Shot Thebarman should be in your Melbourne Cup mix

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Hugh Bowman has gone to another level as a jockey in the past 12 months. In the past week, he has won three group 1s and shown why it would be foolhardy not to include Who Shot Thebarman in Melbourne Cup calculations.

Bowman gave Winx, the darling of the Australian turf, a perfect Cox Plate ride, which was lost in the aftermath of the annihilation of the best horses in the land.

But on Saturday he upset many punters by booting home winners at double-figure odds and left trainers looking for more superlatives after his efforts on Flying Artie and Le Romain.

“That is the genius of Hugh Bowman,” Flying Artie’s trainer Mick Price said after his Coolmore Stud Stakes win, in which Bowman turned a bad position into a good one in the first half of the race.

It allowed Flying Artie to use his devastating turn of foot for an easy victory over the best colts in the country.

Kris Lees added “no one does it better than Hughie” after watching Le Romain travel sweetly three wide and then hold off the late challengers in the Cantala Stakes.

“He just gets horses to run, relax and be comfortable and always has something left up his sleeve,” Lees said.

Although Who Shot Thebarman is a $41 outsider, the Bowman influence and the fact it is trained by Chris Waller will probably see him start shorter on the TAB.

The stayer has won an Auckland Cup at two miles and was third in the Melbourne Cup two years ago, but has only had the services of Bowman twice in his career. He was runner-up in the Moonee Valley Cup with the star hoop in the saddle last start. That’s the same lead-up as Prince Of Penzance last year.

Deadly combination

It is unusual for a trainer to be younger than his jockey but the combination of James Cummings and Glyn Schofield is building a deadly record after Prized Icon’s Victoria Derby victory.

Cummings is more than living up to his famous family name and is not scared to take advice from the experienced South African hoop, who has ridden around the world.

“I had two or three in-depth conversations with Glyn Schofield [before the Derby], who knows this horse well and won the Champagne Stakes on him,” Cummings said on ABC radio’s Hoof On The Till. “He was adamant that this horse had to run in the Derby and that he had stayer written all over him for a long, long time.”

Cummings said he had a nice team of three-year-olds at the beginning of the spring. He could walk away with two group 1s if Good Standing can beat the older horses in the Emirates Stakes on Saturday after Cummings chose to miss the Derby with him.

Sponsor silks

Godolphin will have a record turn-out of five runners in the Melbourne Cup and they will all carry the sponsored “Fly Emirates” blue silks on Tuesday.

“They were given permission by the board [of Racing Victoria] to use these sponsored colours in this race a couple of years ago,” chief steward Terry Bailey said. “It is one of [the] only times you will see a sponsor on jockeys colours in Australia.”

Dettori back

Frankie Dettori is again heading to Australia for the Melbourne Cup, the race that has proven to be his kryptonite.

The superstar of the turf joined Twitter last week and already has more than 12,000 followers who saw him post pictures of himself dressed as superman for his daughter Tallula’s 13th birthday party before he left for Australia. Happy 13th to my daughter Tallula pic.twitter南京夜网/Ui0oPdpHXo— Frankie Dettori (@FrankieDettori) October 28, 2016

Dettori will have to be at his best on Wicklow Brave after it drew the outside barrier of 24 for Tuesday’s Cup.

“I’ll be on board Wicklow Brave in this year’s Melbourne Cup and I think he’s got a good chance,” he wrote on his Ladbrokes blog last week.

“It’s not a vintage renewal but my horse is a good stayer with a master trainer in Willie Mullins. He’ll need a good start but if he gets well away then he’s got every chance of landing the spoils.”

Coffey’s feat

Away from the glamour of Flemington, remarkable jockey Harry Coffey had a day out at Wycheproof, riding six of seven winners on Saturday.

Coffey has the terminal illness, cystic fibrosis, but still pursues his dream of being a jockey. He was third on his other ride for the afternoon and five of his six winners were for his father Austy Coffey.

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