- Jockey survives shocking fall in Hong Kong
- Bowman has assured fans that he is OK
- Sadly his ride Tuchel was euthanised
Renowned Australian jockey Hugh Bowman was rushed to hospital in Hong Kong on Saturday after suffering a shocking fall from his horse Tuchel.
Competing in the Class One Panasonic Cup (1400m), the champion jockey who famously rode famous mare Winx to 32 of her 37 career wins astonishingly escaped catastrophic injuries when Tuchel stumbled and threw him off.
Bowman remained conscious after the fall, but unfortunately Tuchel sustained serious injuries and could not be saved.
Bowman posted an update to his social media on Saturday night while undergoing medical care, thanking everyone for their well wishes and confirming that he was OK.
‘Thank you everyone for all the well wishes,’ Bowman wrote.
Champion jockey Hugh Bowman survived a serious fall in Hong Kong on Saturday
‘I have a few fractures, nothing too serious thank God.’
Hong Kong jockey Keith Yeung Ming-lun was also involved in the shocking incident, but also managed to escape serious injury.
Bowman became unhorsed when Tuchel, the pre-race second favourite, broke down at the 125m and made contact with Yeung’s Find My love.
Sadly, Vets on the scene had to euthanise Bowman’s ride in front of the grandstand.
The awful took the shine off 21-year-old Luke Ferraris’ win aboard Sauvestre, who did not see the incident from the front of the pack.
In 2020, Bowman was banned for six weeks after being found guilty of careless riding during a horrific accident where a horse and rider were trampled.
Bowman made a move on Smart Image causing two-year-old colt 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.
Vets on the scene had to euthanise Bowman’s ride Tuchel in front of the grandstand
The 22-year-old’s injuries were so severe that he was be off the track for months.
Bowman pleaded not guilty but offered his condolences to Hot ‘N’ Hazy’s trainer Danny Williams.
‘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.’