UPDATE: Jockey Andrew Adkins reportedly underwent surgery on Sunday morning for serious injuries sustained in a sickening fall at Rosehill on Saturday.
Adkins suffered seven rib fractures and a pneumothorax (collapsed lung) in the incident, with Racing NSW also tweeting that: “Adkins has a fractured tibia and fibula that will be fixed with a nail … He also has a fractured clavicle that will require plate fixation.”
Adkins was dislodged from Hot’N’Hazy and struck by rival horses following what’s been labelled a “flat out dangerous” move from champion rider Hugh Bowman.
But Adkins was in good spirits on Saturday despite the heavy fall.
“All good. There is a smile under the rona mask! Thanks everyone for the messages,” he wrote on Instagram.
“PS: Green whistle is great.”
The incident took place on the home straight of the first race at Rosehill on Saturday.
The two-year-old colt, trained by Danny Williams and racing in only its second start after winning its first, was treated on the track but tragically had to be put down.
Pundits and fans took to Twitter to voice their shock at the tragic incident, with many calling for a long ban for Bowman — rider of champion mare Winx — who appeared to strongly shove Hot’N’Hazy before going on to win the race on favourite Smart Image.
An inquiry into the race was started, with four jockeys including Bowman speaking to stewards. But the investigation has been postponed until stewards can speak to Adkins.
Goulburn trainer Williams only this week declared Hot’N’Hazy as the most talented prospect he’d had in a decade, saying in an interview with Fairfax he shout the horse could contend at October’s $1.3 million The Kosciuszko.
Inquiry into fall in race 1 has been adjourned until stewards can speak to Andrew Adkins
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Champion jockey Hugh Bowman has defended his actions over a horror racing incident that resulted a promising horse being euthanised and fellow rider Adrew Adkins undergoing surgery on serious injuries.
Bowman is the subject of a stewards investigation, with his actions in the dramatic first race at Rosehill on Saturday under review. The decorated jockey was accused by pundits of a “flat out dangerous” move on eventual race winner Smart Image that led to Andrew Adkins being thrown off Hot’N’Hazy in the home straight.
The horse tragically had to be euthanised in the hours after the race while Adkins remains in hospital after surgery.
Racing NSW revealed the 22-year-old had a rod put in his tibia and a plate in his clavicle, while he also needed to have his chest drained to a collapsed lung due to seven fractured ribs.
Andrew Adkins update: Dr. Duckworth reports Andrew has come out of surgery at Westmead Hospital and everything went well. He had a rod put in his tibia and a plate on his clavicle. He has also had a drain out in his chest due to a pneumothorax from his fractured ribs (1/2)
While many are calling for Bowman to receive a lengthy ban, the investigation is unlikely to be concluded until the end of the week because steward are waiting until they can speak with Adkins.
Bowman though, has already given his side of the story to stewards, with the Daily Telegraph reporting the Winx jockey told them on Saturday he didn’t think his move would put other riders in danger.
“I endeavoured to make a run to the outside of Glyn Schofield (Mr Colourful), which I had every right to and, in doing so, I was going to have to move Andrew slightly but I felt that I was able to do so,” Bowman reportedly told stewards.
“There was a shift by the horse in front of me (Mr Colourful) and I was committed to the move that I made.
“I felt at the time I made the call to go to the outside of Glyn I could do so without causing any interference to Andrew.”
Bowman came under heavy fire from pundits and fans alike on social media but Fairfax racing journalist Adam Pengilly on Monday called for a sense of perspective.
“It’s hard to sugar-coat it, it’s doesn’t look great. It looked like a bad error of judgment from Hugh … but what I will say is jockeys have to make so many split-second decisions in a race and Hugh has been racing for many, many years,” Pengilly said on the Big Sports Breakfast.
“Potentially he’s made a very bad one (decision) here. I’d like to see other people see the head-on vision to get a full picture of what happeneed, there might have been extenuating circumstances.
“… let’s just keep in mind Hugh Bowman is going to be affected by this as well. He went home from the races on Saturday night probably feeling extremely, extremely bad about himself.
“I was told that he spoke to Andrew Adkins on Saturday night. He’s not the type of the guy that goes to the races trying to cause carnage and damage to other riders or horses.
“He might have potentially made a bad mistake here … but some of that social media commentary I saw on the weekend was pretty poor, it must be said.”
It continues a stunning journey for Sunlight’s syndicate owners, who purchased the horse for just $300,000 in 2017. The Tony McEvoy-trained mare won the 2018 Magic Millions two-year-old Classic in 2018, as well as the Newmarket Handicap, and earned more than $6.5 million prizemoney in her 24-start career — taking the owners’ total returns to more than $10 million.
Many had called for Bowman to receive a lengthy ban and stewards said a reasonable ban for the star jockey’s action would ordinarily be three months.
However the suspension was reduced to six weeks because of Bowman’s good record — he has only one previous careless riding suspension – as well as the fact he will miss some feature spring carnival race meetings. The stewards’s described the ride as “un-Hugh Bowman like”, according to Fairfax.
Jockey Hugh Bowman will miss the Group One Winx Stakes plus five Group two races and seven Group three races.@RNSWStewards said Bowman had only been suspended once in the past twelve months which was in October. The suspension starts straight away.
Bowman’s suspension begins immediately and he’ll be free to return on September 11.
Hot’nHazy tragically had to be euthanised in the hours after the race while Adkins had a rod put in his tibia and a plate in his clavicle, while he also needed to have his chest drained to a collapsed lung due to seven fractured ribs.
Stewards had hoped to have Adkins involved in the inquiry but he will remain in hospital for some time.
In a post-hearing statement, Bowman said: “Firstly I’d like to wish Andrew Adkins a full and speedy recovery. I spoke to Andrew on the phone to convey how sorry I was for the accident. He is in good spirits, which was very pleasing and reassuring to hear.
“To Danny Williams and the connections of Hot ‘N’ Hazy, I would like to share my condolences to them. Having been involved with horses all my life I know how tragic it is with the loss of a horse and for all concerned.
“Jockeys are required to make split (second) decisions under enormous pressure and as a jockey with over 20 years of riding experience I have always prided myself on riding competitively, but also within the rules.
“Those who know me well know that it is never my intention to risk injury to fellow jockeys and/or horses when I ride and my record over many seasons attests to that. I look forward to riding against [Adkins] upon his return.”
Schofield and Dolan were cleared of careless riding at the Thursday’s hearing.
Well known jockey Hugh Bowman has been suspended for his part in a race-day drop that compelled a horse to be euthanised and still left a rival jockey hospitalised with a number of broken bones.
Hugh Bowman was located guilty of careless driving and banned for 6 months
Jockey Andrew Adkins broke two bones in 1 leg, his collar bone, seven ribs and had a collapsed lung
Bowman reported the public scrutiny had taken a toll on him and his loved ones and he wished stewards to get that into thing to consider
Bowman, who piloted Winx to many of her victories, was banned for six months for careless using aboard Clever Impression at the last conference of the 2019-20 period at Rosehill.
Bowman was attempting to angle off the fence on Good Picture around the 300-metre mark to position himself outdoors the heels of the chief, Mr Colourful, ridden by Glyn Schofield.
As he shifted, he designed weighty make contact with with Andrew Adkins’ mount Incredibly hot ‘N’ Hazy, which clipped heels and fell.
The horse was euthanised, when Adkins broke the two bones in just one of his legs, fractured his shoulder and experienced seven damaged ribs.
He underwent surgical procedures on his injuries, which include acquiring a rod placed in his leg, a plate in his collar bone and had to have a chest tube inserted to ease a collapsed lung.
Bowman preserved his posture that he took because of treatment aboard Intelligent Graphic and other variables contributed to the scrimmage.
Bowman mentioned the social media response to his purpose in the raceday slide experienced taken a toll on him and his relatives, and before the hearing explained he would “like that to be deemed” in any penalties.
He pleaded not responsible to the demand of careless using and stated although head-on footage showed there was inadequate room for his horse among Mr Colorful and Very hot ‘N’ Hazy, the rear angle introduced a diverse scenario.
Bowman did admit his timing could have been slightly out since he had not ridden in a race for 5 weeks and also expressed regret at the consequences suffered by Adkins and Very hot ‘N’ Hazy.
“Unfortunately, the injuries sustained to Andrew, they are not everyday living-threatening but they’re substantial,” Bowman reported.
“I have been observed careless and inspite of the fact of pleading not guilty, I am remorseful the incident occurred.
“I comprehend what we do is hazardous and break up-2nd selections can convert out to have undesirable outcomes, as a single has in this situation.”
Stewards typically use a careless-using template to decide penalty but that was thrown out the window because of to the seriousness of the incident.
Presiding stipe Wade Birch explained their setting up position was a a few-thirty day period ban, but specified Bowman’s exceptional basic safety record — he has been suspended as soon as for careless driving in the past 12 months — and the amount of characteristic race conferences he will pass up, the penalty was lessened to six weeks.
Bowman has not taken rides at Randwick on Saturday and will begin his suspension promptly.
He will miss the very first Group One race of the Sydney year, the Winx Stakes on August 22, and will return for a carnival conference at Rosehill on September 12.
A Menindee horse trainer who describes himself as “one of the most travelled trainers in New South Wales” says he has probably lost between $30,000–$40,000 this race season due to cancelled race meetings.
Wayne Marsden says he’s losing $5,000–$6,000 a month due to disrupted racing season
Around 15 races he usually takes part in have been cancelled this year due to COVID-19
He says if race meetings continue to be cancelled he will probably have to stop horse training after 50 years in the job
Wayne Marsden said he would usually travel to about 30 races a year, from Walgett to Wentworth and everything in between.
He said about 15 of the races he usually took part in had already been cancelled this race season due to COVID-19 related reasons.
Mr Marsden said if race meetings continued to be cancelled or postponed for the rest of the year he would probably have to stop his horse training work after 50 years in the job.
Racing complications during COVID-19
Mr Marsden said he was probably losing between $5,000–6,000 a month looking for race meetings and trials to enter his horses into.
He said only three or four of the 14 horses he was working with could possibly get into the race meetings he was looking at, with sometimes three or four race meetings going by before it looked like one of them would be put on a race ballot.
“And the thing is you can’t condition a horse until you start racing it properly,” he said.
“It doesn’t matter how many trials [they go in] or how much you work on them … if I can’t get races, I just can’t get the proper condition on them.
On one occasion, Mr Marsden said he did a 10-hour round trip from Menindee to Dubbo to give one of his horses a start.
He said he was struggling to be competitive at the Dubbo races but he still had to go there and give the horses a run for his owners’ sake.
Race cancellations grow
Over the past week races have been cancelled or postponed in Broken Hill, Pooncarie and Wentworth due to concerns about COVID-19 cases, racing restrictions and border closure.
President of the Pooncarie Racing Club Committee, Lyle Massey, said trainers such as Mr Marsden were a big support for the Racing Club.
“A lot of their horses aren’t good enough to go to Adelaide or other places like that so they set them for that one day a year. They handle the dirt track, they’re trained on dirt all the time.
“They might bring up six or seven [horses] and win a race or win a cup.”
FILE PHOTO: Jun 7, 2019; Elmont, NY, USA; A general view of Belmont Park. Mandatory Credit: Catalina Fragoso-USA TODAY Sports/File Photo
June 16, 2020
By Amy Tennery
NEW YORK (Reuters) – With a shortened distance and owners barred from the stands amid the coronavirus outbreak, the 152nd running of the Belmont Stakes on Saturday will bear little resemblance to previous years.
With the traditional third leg of the Triple Crown being contested first, top trainer Todd Pletcher admitted that the season will have an air of unfamiliarity about it when the race is contested without any fans in attendance due to the new protocols in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“You can put a big asterisk by the whole year – and the Triple Crown is certainly part of that,” said Pletcher, who has saddled three Belmont winners and is a trainer for contenders Farmington Road and Dr Post.
“It’s not going to be the same, it’s going to be spread out over a much different time frame. Different distances, different orders.
“I don’t think it would take away from the accomplishments of a single horse if they were able to win one, two or three legs of it… but it’s clearly not the same as trying to do all three in five weeks.”
Following on from the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes, the Belmont’s 1-1/2-mile endurance course has often frustrated those seeking the Triple Crown. When American Pharoah pulled off the feat in 2015, he was the first horse to do so in 37 years.
The course was cut down to 1-1/8 miles this year to accommodate three-year-old thoroughbreds in training. The Derby was rescheduled to Sept. 5 from May 2 and the Preakness to Oct. 3 from May 16.
For trainers and jockeys, the Belmont will prove a critical test after the sport was suspended for several months in order to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
“I’ve always said training racehorses is like putting a puzzle together – this year it’s been putting a puzzle together with no edges or picture,” said Mark Casse, a Hall of Fame trainer for last year’s Belmont winner Sir Winston and this year’s contender Tap It To Win.
“I’m just happy that we’re gonna have a Belmont.”
(Reporting By Amy Tennery, editing by Pritha Sarkar)
Senior federal government Minister Mathias Cormann is standing by his comments that people who attended Saturday’s Black Lives Matter rallies in Australia were being “reckless” and “irresponsible” at a time of a pandemic.