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Three’s a crowd: Sydney jockeys’ premiership race goes down to the wire

With a full book of rides Bowman carries a 2.5-win lead of McDonald, who has just four mounts in which he must ride three winners and hope Bowman doesn’t get one. Shinn is 3.5 wins off the lead and like McDonald, has just a quartet of mounts to get the job done.

Blake Shinn, James McDonald and Hugh Bowman will battle for the jockeys’ premiership at C

Blake Shinn, James McDonald and Hugh Bowman will battle for the jockeys’ premiership at Canterbury on Wednesday. Picture: Mark Evans Source: News Corp Australia

IT’S the final day of Sydney racing for the 2014-15 season and Nic Ashman reports Sydney racing is blessed to have the jockey talent of Hugh Bowman, James McDonald and Blake Shinn vying for premiership bragging rights.

All three jockeys have ridden four winners on a card before so don’t think this is over. Ashman has dissected Wednesday’s meeting and every mount for the big three.

HOW IT STANDS …

Hugh Bowman 94 wins (7 rides on Wednesday)

James McDonald 91.5 wins (4 rides)

Blake Shinn 91.5 wins (4 rides)

CANTERBURY — RACE 1

BOWMAN — HYPERNICUS: Looks ready to peak fifth-up off two mile runs and on a seven-day back-up, and barrier two will give Bowman every chance to kick-off the program on a winning note.

MCDONALD — SHELLEY’S GIRL: Has won twice in past five starts and form horses go well during winter months. Comfortably beaten last start but winner finished second in Saturday company on the weekend.

Verdict: Nothing between Bowman and McDonald in the opener. Skyline Blush and imported galloper Loving Home look the ones for the boys to beat.

Hugh Bowman holds a 2.5-win lead heading into the final Sydney meeting. Picture: Jeremy P

Hugh Bowman holds a 2.5-win lead heading into the final Sydney meeting. Picture: Jeremy Piper Source: News Corp Australia

RACE 2

BOWMAN — SEBRING SUN: Class horse that’s proven competitive against some of the best juveniles in the land. Wide gate a slight query.

SHINN — METALLIC CROWN: Looked well above average in his most recent trial but Shinn’s biggest asset over Bowman here is that his horse has had two trials and should be more forward to run out a strong 1250m first-up.

Verdict: Bowman’s mount has recorded figures none of these have and if he can get his mount across without burning too much petrol, he’s the one they’ve got to beat.

RACE 3

BOWMAN — PICK ME UP: Comes back to a drier track after failing on the heavy last time and he is a half-brother to multiple Group 1 winner Ortensia.

MCDONALD — RUSSET: Had done sufficient ground work going into his first-up run so not expecting a heap of improvement here.

SHINN — I’LL TAKE THE JAG: Trackwork has been very good ahead of his debut and his recent trial win was that of a horse that will be winning a city race at the very least.

Verdict: Nothing between all three here with Pick Me Up carrying the benefit of race fitness but I’ll Take The Jag looked a Stakes horse when he trialled.

RACE 4

BOWMAN — RAIDO: Sets up perfectly for this second-up over 1100m after resuming over the 1000m.

MCDONALD — SHAHRAZAD: Looked a much improved horse at trackwork recently and is set for a good campaign.

Verdict: Bowman to beat McDonald but a rock-hard fit Momma’s Snitzel the one to catch.

James McDonald is still in the frame to defend his premiership crown. Picture: Mark Evans

James McDonald is still in the frame to defend his premiership crown. Picture: Mark Evans Source: News Corp Australia

RACE 5

BOWMAN — MARPLE MISS: Has returned figures none of its rivals has previously, will travel up on the speed and three trials should have her fit enough to finish it off.

Verdict: Only Bowman has a ride of the three and she looks a genuine chance with Gold Force a big watch and Magic Dallas ready to peak.

RACE 6

BOWMAN — HIGH ABOVE: She dashed to lead last time but ran out of puff so expect the 450m reduction in trip to suit here.

MCDONALD — NAZCA: Love the fact this filly gets the blinkers back on and she’s demonstrated enough ability to warrant serious consideration here.

SHINN — SWEET FIRE: Won second-up last prep but the most important thing to note is she’s trialled since her first-up run this time in. Looks the big improver.

Verdict: Going with McDonald but any of the three could win this in a race loaded with chances.

RACE 7

BOWMAN — SHADOW LORD: Won his last two starts, should come across and look for the lead and prove hard to run down.

SHINN — CHRYSOLAUS: This horse has been racing super consistently in smart country and provincial races.

Verdict: Shinn to go out a winner and McDonald to ride the best — Nazcar — but Bowman to win the premiership.

Blake Shinn will be aiming to finish the season with a flurry.

Blake Shinn will be aiming to finish the season with a flurry. Source: Getty Images

Originally published as Three’s a crowd: Title race goes down to the wire

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Posted July 29, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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