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Bowman survives sickening fall in front of Randwick grandstand

10 March 2018 8:53 AM
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As stewards reviewed the video of the fall, trainer Chris Waller pointed out that Bowman was riding strongly with hands and heels just before the incident.

“He appears to get him high up on the flank [with his heel] and the horse reacted to that,” Waller told stewards. “There was nothing he could do. It is just lucky he appears like he is all right.”

Bowman appeared to smack his head hard on the ground in the fall and will have to be assessed by doctors before being allowed to ride again.

There is no mandatory stand-down period and, provided he gets the clearance, Bowman should be right to ride Winx in the George Ryder Stakes in two weeks.

"He will have to pass the usual tests on a rider who has had a concussion," Van Gestel said.


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