HUGH BOWMAN plans to be back riding at Warwick Farm on Wednesday despite ''stabbing pains'' in his lower back forcing him to pull the pin on his engagements after a couple of races on Saturday.
Bowman finished second on Darley juvenile Lyric before getting enough out of Dynamic Honour to win the second on the card at Rosehill. He was stood down after that because of the effects from a fall at Hawkesbury on Thursday.
''It was less than 48 hours from the fall when I was riding and I just couldn't go on,'' Bowman said.
''I fell on my shoulder but I have had these stabbing pains in my lower back, which is a bit of a concern.
''I have been assured that I can't do any more damage, that's why I rode [on Saturday].
''But when it's your back or neck you have to take every precaution, it's not like a leg when you can ride through the pain.''
Bowman has a full book at Warwick Farm and another good book of rides at Canterbury on Friday night, so is determined to be back for the meetings. ''I'm going to rest and give it time, which seems like the best way to overcome something like this,'' he said.
Bowman is still searching for a Christmas Cup ride but King Gladiator and Trauma are among his early rides at Rosehill on Saturday.
The form out of Trauma's win at Warwick Farm last start was franked on Saturday as Irish Jig and Rolling Pin, which finished behind him, ran seconds to smart gallopers.
Zara Dancer, winner of the Frank Underwood Cup, and runner-up Yulalona will be among the leading chances in the Christmas Cup. Trainer Chris Waller will have just the one runner, Strike One.
Tim Martin will back up Scouting Wide, which hit the line well when sixth behind Revolt on Saturday, and has booked apprentice Taylor Lovelock-Wiggins.
''He is probably a run behind from where I would want him for this [race],'' Martin said. ''He is probably going to be better again for the Summer Cup but he will run a good race next week. He has been good on a seven-day back-up before.''
Meanwhile, Corey Brown had a winning double on the first day of the Mauritius International weekend to hand his International team a handy lead going into the second meeting last night.