Hugh Bowman aboard Winx on Tuesday morning (Image: Racing Photos)
Mindful of giving the nation a fright last start in the Turnbull Stakes, Hugh Bowman has declared his desire to keep Winx out of any trouble in Saturday's Cox Plate.
Reflecting on Tuesday morning's barrier draw, the champion jockey believes barrier six should be ideal and discussed his thoughts at this stage.
"I want to be able to control the speed if need be," Bowman told Racing.com after the barrier draw.
"I don't want to be in a position where I'm dictated to.
"I'm pleased with [barrier] six … they did ask where would I like to draw and I said four or five, if we were first cab off the rank but we weren't, I think six was the obvious choice from what was left."
Only eight horses will contest the $5 million weight-for-age feature but Bowman acknowledges and welcomes the excitement and anticipation that is building up regarding the quality field.
"It's going to be a great race, it's a good field and I think Benbatl really offers some excitement to the race, it's going to be very interesting," Bowman explained.
"Hopefully they run along at a good, solid gallop and there's every chance they will."
As the pair strive to win their fourth-consecutive Cox Plate, Bowman credits both experience and confidence for his relaxed nature at such a crucial time.
"I think I'm a bit more comfortable this year to be honest with you, I guess we've been through the process a few times," said Bowman.
"It's easy to be comfortable when you know the horse is going so well.
"I'm really looking forward to it … it's a great position to be in and it's not going to last forever so let's enjoy it while we can."
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