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Star jockey Hugh Bowman is banned for six weeks after horrific mid-race crash

Star jockey Hugh Bowman is banned for six weeks after horrific mid-race crash where a horse and rider were trampled

  • Bowman’s horse collided with another horse at Rosehill Racecourse in Sydney
  • The 40-year-old jockey shifted out on Smart Image at the 300m mark of the race
  • It caused Hot ‘N’ Hazy to clip the heels of Duchess and crash to the ground
  • Hot ‘N’ Hazy’s rider Andrew Adkins suffered a broken left leg and collapsed lung
  • The 22-year-old’s injuries are so severe he will be off the track until next year 
  • Wade Birch from Racing NSW found Bowman rode in a ‘careless manner’

Champion jockey Hugh Bowman has been banned for six weeks after being found guilty of careless riding during a horrific accident where a horse and rider were trampled.

Bowman’s horse collided with another horse during Race 1 at Rosehill Racecourse in Sydney last Saturday.

The 40-year-old shifted out on Smart Image at the 300m mark, causing Hot ‘N’ Hazy, ridden by Andrew Adkins, to clip the heels of Duchess and crash to the ground.

Adkins ended up in hospital with a broken left leg and collarbone, seven rib fractures and a collapsed lung.

Jockey Hugh Bowman, 40, won’t be allowed to race for six weeks after being found guilty of careless riding during a horrific accident where a horse and rider were trampled

Andrew Adkins fell from Hot 'N' Hazy in the home straight of Race 1 at Rosehill Gardens, in Sydney's western suburbs, last Saturday (pictured)

Andrew Adkins fell from Hot ‘N’ Hazy in the home straight of Race 1 at Rosehill Gardens, in Sydney’s western suburbs, last Saturday (pictured)

Jockey Andrew Adkins, riding Hot 'N' Hazy (second right) can be seen after a fall

Jockey Andrew Adkins, riding Hot ‘N’ Hazy (second right) can be seen after a fall

The 22-year-old’s injuries are so severe he will be off the track for the rest of the year.

He remains in hospital and took to social media to thank his supporters.

‘All good. There is a smile under the rona mask! Thanks everyone for the messages,’ Adkins wrote on Instagram. ‘PS: Green whistle is great.’

Two-year-old colt Hot ‘N’ Hazy was had to be put down as a result of his horrific injuries.

Racing NSW Acting Chief Steward Wade Birch said Bowman rode in a ‘careless manner,’ the Daily Telegraph reported.

Bowman, who is known for riding champion mare Winx, pleaded not guilty but offered his condolences to Hot ‘N’ Hazy’s trainer Danny Williams.

Adkins, 22, ended up in hospital with a broken left leg and collarbone, seven rib fractures and a collapsed lung

Adkins, 22, ended up in hospital with a broken left leg and collarbone, seven rib fractures and a collapsed lung 

‘Having been involved with horses all my life I know how tragic it is with the loss of a horse and for all concerned,’ he said.

‘I’d like to wish Andrew Adkins a full and speedy recovery. I spoke to Andrew on the phone to convey how sorry I was for the accident. He is in good spirits, which was very pleasing and reassuring to hear.

‘I’ve ridden in a lot of races, I would consider myself a careful rider and this was by no means a rushed or spur of the moment decision.’

Bowman said he made a ‘calculated decision’ which resulted in ‘devastating circumstances’ but said he disagreed with Mr Birch’s findings.

Mr Birch told Bowman a three month-penalty is standard, but said stewards will take into account the his ‘race riding record, the contribution of Mr Colourful racing forward of you and the time of year’. 

Jockey Robbie Dolan can be seen running towards the scene where jockey Andrew Adkins, riding Hot 'N' Hazy, came down during race 1

Jockey Robbie Dolan can be seen running towards the scene where jockey Andrew Adkins, riding Hot ‘N’ Hazy, came down during race 1

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