Five minutes after champion jockey Hugh Bowman won the $7.5 million Golden Eagle at Rosehill on Saturday, his parents Jim and Mandy Bowman had further reason to celebrate when Kite Flight won at Dubbo Turf Club.
The Bowman couple, who are based at Dunedoo, are owners of Kite Flight and the Jeff Englebrecht trained hope was an impressive winner on Derby Day.
From near the back of the field, Kite Flight (Mathew Cahill, $3.90 favourite) burst through the pack to win the Nation Wide Machinery Class 1 Handicap (1200m) from De Forerunner (Kath Bell-Potomac, $9.50) and Don't Question Me (Anthony Cavallo, $4).
It was an exciting time for the Bowman after Hugh had won the Golden Eagle with the hugely exciting Im Thunderstruck.
Leading jockey Bowman, who started riding at home in Dunedoo, won't be part of Melbourne Cup Day at Flemington on Tuesday after opting to stay in Sydney due to recent COVID restrictions and the chance to contest the Golden Eagle.
"I'll be riding in Sydney for the first time in maybe 12 or 15 years on Melbourne Cup Day," Bowman told the Sportsday radio program last week.
"To start with, there was only three or four horses that enough weight for me to ride them because I can't ride under 55 (kilograms) and even that is rock bottom.
"It was a bit difficult to go chasing horses when I didn't even know if I could be in Melbourne or not.
"It will be a good day at Randwick. I think we'll have a bigger crowd at Randwick than they will at Flemington but one thing we won't have is the Melbourne Cup and it's a shame I'm not there but hopefully next year we can be there in all our glory."
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