Hugh Bowman

Jockey Hugh Bowman (Image: Racing Photos)

Bowman heads home for 'family matter'

Moments after guiding Osborne Bulls into second place in the TAB Newmarket Handicap, Hugh Bowman relinquished the remainder of his mounts at Flemington and immediately flew home to Sydney.

Stewards cited family reasons for Bowman's hasty departure barely an hour before he was due to ride the odds-on favourite Avilius in the TAB Australian Cup.

After receiving news from Sydney, Bowman made a request to stewards that he be excused from the remainder of his rides for the day.

Corey Brown replaced Bowman aboard Avilius in the TAB Australian Cup.