Banned rider Hugh Bowman has decided against appealing his 10-meeting ban, meaning that he will miss Cox Plate Day, with his ride on highly rated import Sir Dragonet up for grabs.
Bowman was banned after causing interference during his ride in the Caulfield Guineas on King’s Legacy.
The ban will commence after the Caulfield Cup, allowing the rider to take his mount on top weight Anthony Van Dyck on Saturday’s feature event.
Sir Dragonet’s owner Ozzie Kheir has confirmed that connections are searching for a new rider, with the decision likely to be made within the next day.
There should be no shortage of willing riders, with the former Aidan O’Brien-trained import a $9 chance, on the fourth line of betting after strong performances in England and Ireland this year.