Covid-19 forces Hugh Bowman to join Zac Purton on the sidelines

Hugh Bowman’s return to the saddle in Hong Kong is on hold, with the jockey forced to join Zac Purton on the sidelines for Wednesday night’s meeting at Happy Valley because he is a Covid-19 close contact.

Bowman, the 104-time Group One-winning rider whom the Jockey Club has licensed for the next three months, was set to be the primary beneficiary of Covid-positive Purton’s midweek unavailability.

Of the seven Wednesday rides Purton had given up following his positive test on Sunday, Bowman had picked up four of them – Savaquin, Comet Splendido, H Z Tourbillon and Universal Crown – and filled what was his full book with Namjong Sings, Gold Marquis, Darci Joy, Leslie and Carry The Diamond.

Like Purton, Bowman finds himself in a race against time to take part in this weekend’s feature meeting at Sha Tin.

More to come …



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