IN a weekend where punters had no metropolitan Melbourne meetings to wager upon, focus shifted to country areas and overseas.
Unfortunately for the racing enthusiasts, one of the key country fixtures was called off early in the piece.
Luckily, a star hoop from down under was able to dazzle us with an absolute masterclass ride in the Japan Cup. Let’s take a look at what Twitter had to say.
Bowman is the king of Japan after commanding Cup win
Is there anything the great man can’t do?
— Nick Heathcote (@nickheathcote) November 26, 2017
After an ordinary Melbourne Cup Carnival, Hugh Bowman journeyed to Japan in search of yet another group one title.
And boy did he deliver.
— Kelsey Riley (@kelseynrileyTDN) November 26, 2017
In one of the great rides of his career, Bowman steered Cheval Grand from mid-pack late in the piece to run down short-priced favourite Kitasan Black in sensational fashion.
Bowman’s record now sits alongside any jockey in the world after extending his group one record to 16 wins.
Hugh Bowman's Japan Cup success is his 16th G1 win for 2017. His success has been aboard nine different horses; Winx (x6), Werther (x2) Bonneval (x2), Jameka, Invader, Ruthven, Clearly Innocent, Lucky Bubbles and Cheval Grand @Racing
— Brent Zerafa (@brentzerafa) November 26, 2017
The sometimes maligned jockey can get a rough wrap down in Victoria for only delivering on Winx, but Bowman’s heroics in Japan helped win over those skeptical Vics.
— Matthew Brigham (@MatthewBrigham5) November 26, 2017
Couldn’t have said it better ourselves.
Kilmore Cup abandoned after inclement weather
The big meet of Sunday was called off due to poor weather on track, but any keen Twitter followers would have seen the writing on the wall early in the day.
— Tay (@lovtay5) November 26, 2017
Race goers on track were on the ball pretty quickly.
Just arrived at Kilmore massive storm sweeping across the track would not shock if this day gets called off.
— Grantley D (@Specialgrant) November 26, 2017
and even if the weather did clear, one punter was bang on the money about the condition of the surface.
i bet Kilmore won't get through the card today, worst draining track in Vic
— . (@TimThwaites1) November 26, 2017
And as predicted, the races got called off pretty early in the day.
To say that Twitter users were prepared to cast shade on the state of the track would be an understatement.
Looks in better condition than the Kilmore race track 😏
— Trent Marks (@_TrentMarks) November 26, 2017
Hard to argue there after the races getting called off, but hopefully the feature event gets rescheduled soon.