Hugh Bowman celebrates his Sydney Cup victory on Mourayan.
Hugh Bowman celebrates his Sydney Cup victory on Mourayan.

Bowman accepts Coffs Harbour Gold Cup ride

LEADING jockey Hugh Bowman could be celebrating a Sydney riding premiership in Coffs Harbour after accepting a mount for interstate trainer Tony McEvoy in next week's the $80,000 Coffs Harbour Gold Cup.

Bowman's bid to win his third Sydney title and second in succession is likely to be decided at the Warwick Farm meeting on the last day of the season on July 31.

Bowman currently leads Nash Rawiller, a two-time winner of the Sydney premiership, by 1.5 wins with three meetings over the next seven days to finalise the season.

Bowman will be back in action at Rosehill on Saturday, setting the stage for their premiership battle to go down to the wire on  the last day of the season at Warwick Farm.

Bowman will then be heading to Coffs Harbour after accepting an early call from Adelaide-based McEvoy to ride Prince Of Capers in the Coffs Harbour Cup.

Bowman wil be chasing his second win in the Coffs Harbour feature, having won the race for the first time in 2001 aboard the Gerald Ryan-trained Danyon.

Prince Of Capers, a member of the new satellite stable McEvoy has established at Hawkesbury, will be having his first start in 54 days at Coffs Harbour.

Prince Of Capers has not raced since finishing eighth over 1600m at Randwick on June 8, a week after he won over 1800m at Rosehill.

He was tuned for his trip to Coffs Harbour with a second in a 1000m barrier trial at Wyong on July 9.

His extended break between races should not be a concern as he boasts an excellent fresh record of two wins and two placings from four starts when coming off breaks of between 38 and 61 days.

Prince Of Capers was first trained in Sydney by Bill Prain, who won four races with the gelding before he joined the McEvoy stable in 2011. He has since won six races for McEvoy.

Last Saturday's Rosehill winner The Great Snowman will be nominated for the Coffs Harbour Cup by the Gai Waterhouse stable.

He will join a strong entry list that will include last year's winner Pepperwood, South Grafton Cup winner Gazza Guru, Maclean Cup winner Hour Of Peril and Sawtell Cup winner Single Spirit.

Nash Rawiller rode The Great Snowman last Saturday but Tommy Berry is likely to take over as his rider if he makes the trip to the north coast.

Brisbane star Larry Cassidy is booked to ride Hour Of Peril and Glen Colless is set to ride Pepperwood, who showed a strong return to form with a last start second in Brisbane.

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