AUSTRALIAN Hugh Bowman won the Longines International Jockeys’ Championship on Wednesday evening at Happy Valley in Hong Kong. Bowman won the first leg of the four-race competition and finished second in the third leg—good for 18 points

England’s Ryan Moore, who on Friday will be honored as the Longines World’s Best Jockey on the basis of 12 months’ work, finished second with 14 points after winning the second race in the competition.

Mirco Demuro, representing Italy, and Japan’s Keita Tosaki won the third and fourth races and finished tied for third with 12 points apiece.

Bowman, a three-time champion jockey in Sydney, has ridden 51 group I winners, including most of Australia’s top races. His initial reaction appeared to be relief rather than excitement at his victory.

He said: “I came here quietly confident I could figure, because I had significantly enough rides to score enough points, but you need luck in running.”

South Africa’s Gavin Lerena, the defending champion, received three scrubbers in the random draw and his fourth mount was scratched at the start.

Total attendance for Wednesday’s banner event at Happy Valley was 29,601, the highest in the event’s history since 1999. Turnover for the day eclipsed HK$1.238 billion, the second highest for an IJC meeting.