Premier jockey Hugh Bowman will be back on Sincero in Saturday’s Group 1 $500,000 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) at Randwick.


Hugh Bowman will ride Sincero (pictured) in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes - photo (c) Steve Hart

Bowman partnered Sincero at his first two runs this campaign and will take over again from Craig Williams who rode the Stradbroke Handicap winner when fourth to More Joyous in the Group 1 $2m BMW Doncaster Mile (1600m) at Randwick last Saturday.

Bowman had to relinquish the Doncaster ride on Sincero because of a prior commitment to ride the Chris Waller trained Shoot Out which ran second to More Joyous.

Trainer Stephen Farley said that he will get a better guide after Saturday if he will proceed towards the Cox Plate in the Spring and said that he was more than happy with the effort of Sincero in the Doncaster Mile after missing the start.

“It’s too big a call to say he would have won but I think he should have finished

second,” Farley said.

“I want to know if this year’s Cox Plate is a worthy target.”

“He didn’t seem right last year and I’m prepared to go there again but he’ll

have to prove himself on Saturday.”

Farley has no concerns of backing up the four year old week to week and says his record speaks for itself.

“He’s had four cracks at a seven-day back-up and won three of them,” he said.

“His only failure was in the Mackinnon Stakes when I reckon he’d had enough.”

Williams will go onto the David Hayes trained Americain in the Queen Elizabeth, replacing French jockey Gerlad Mosse who was widely criticized for his ride on the seven year old in the Group 1 $2.25m The BMW (2400m) at Rosehill on April 7 when second to Manighar.

The Queen Elizabeth is shaping up as one of  the highlights of the Sydney Autumn Carnival with the rematch of Manighar and Americain after their clash in The BMW.

And Gai Waterhouse has comfirmed that Doncaster Mile winner More Joyous will back up along with Secret Admirer.

Christian Reith will be the new rider for Rain Affair in the Group 1 $400,000 All Aged Stakes (1400m) at Randwick on Saturday, replacing Corey Brown who is on the sideline through suspension.

Reith is no stranger to Rain Affair, having won on the four year old at Canterbury last May.

The Joe Pride trained gelding is a winner of eleven from fourteen and narrowly missed out recording his first Group 1 win when nabbed on the line by Master Of Design in the Group 1 $1m Darley T J Smith (1200m) at Randwick on April 14.

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Mark Mazzaglia

Mark is a passionate journalist with a life-time involvement in the racing industry. He spent many years as an analyst and form expert at the Courier Mail and also has hands-on experience working with some of Queensland’s top trainers.