Hall of Fame jockey Hugh Bowman hasn’t ruled out returning for major races in Sydney during the autumn carnival despite making application to extend his stay in Hong Kong racing.
Bowman, famous as the rider of all-time great Winx, confirmed he wants to continue riding in Hong Kong until season’s end in July.
“I’ve made an application to the Jockey Club to keep riding in Hong Kong for the rest of the season,” Bowman told News Corp.
“I’m just waiting to learn if that application has been approved.”
Bowman left Sydney for Hong Kong in late November and was due to return on February 12 but it is virtually assured the Hong Kong Jockey will approve his application to ride there for the rest of the season.
The champion jockey has already ridden 15 winners during his Hong Kong stint including a treble at Sha Tin earlier this month.
“Christine and the kids have settled in well since we arrived here and obviously the racing side of it is going well for me,” Bowman said.
“I’m enjoying the riding, I’m enjoying the two days a week racing and I’m getting great opportunities.
“During the spring carnival, I felt like my motivation levels were much higher than they had been for a while and then the opportunity came to ride in Hong Kong.
“Everything is results-driven but I’m feeling more enthusiastic about my riding, my fitness and weight is good and I feel like I’m riding well.”
Bowman, who has ridden more than 2500 career winners including 104 at Group 1 level, said he would consider returning to Sydney during the autumn carnival if he received the right offers in major races.
“I’d love to come back for a big meeting but it will depend on opportunities,” he said.
“I will be very selective about it but if I had the chance to ride the right horse came along in the right race, then yes it is possible I would return to Sydney for that day.”
Bowman has another strong book of seven rides at the Sha Tin meeting on Sunday.
Originally published as Champion jockey Hugh Bowman looks to extend Hong Kong stay until July