Once again, we find ourselves pondering the imponderable.
Why can a jockey receive a suspension for careless riding, but the results of the race remain unchanged?
Today, we have to ask why Hugh Bowman received a suspension of a month over three charges related to his ride on Marmelo in the 2018 Melbourne Cup.
Question two. Why does Bowman get to pick when to start the suspension?
He will still be on at Flemington for the Group 1 VRC Oaks, riding Zapurler. Is his penalty that he has to ride a $13 chance, the fifth line in the field of 15?
Either suspend the bloke or leave him be. Escort him off the ground and tell him to come back on December 7.
That would have been inconvenient for Darren Weir and owners Pinecliff Racing, but Zapurler does not rely on Bowman, the way Winx does, to win races. Bowman has never ridden her before. They could give her back to Harry Coffey, provided he is not engaged.
Bowman will miss the chance to defend the Japan Cup on November 25, but were we the runners of the Japan Club; we would have a suggestion for Racing Australia about a ban imposed in Australia’s bearing on a Japanese race.
Bowman’s trip on second-place finisher Marmelo was so far beneath someone of his calibre that you would think trainer Hughie Morrison rang in an apprentice, dressed him in Bowman’s silks and hoped no one would notice.
The stewards got him for careless riding, seven too many strikes with the stick prior to the 100 m and for weighing more than his allotted weight by one kilogram.
Objectively, we would have to let Bowman off for that last one, unless we can discover a way that being heavier helps a horse of a soft course.
The original ban was for 35 meetings, but Racing Victoria stewards gave Bowman a discount for copping guilty pleas.
“We admire your horsemanship and your ability to ride but that wasn’t up to scratch,” chief steward Robert Cram told Bowman.