Seeing the big picture: Bowman and Winx honoured in mural on silo
Australia: Hugh Bowman, whose name will forever be associated with the mighty Winx, was born and raised on a farm just outside the small country town of Dunedoo about 250 miles north west of Sydney in New South Wales.
Since those formative years, Bowman has grown up to become one of Australia’s leading jockeys, a four-time Sydney premiership champion with nearly 100 G1 wins to his name, among them all of Winx’s world-record 25 successes to his name.
No wonder they’re quite proud of him back home in Dunedoo – as visitors can now see for themselves as Winx, Bowman and trainer Chris Waller have been immortalised in a giant mural by equine artist Peter Mortimore 19 metres above ground on the town’s grain silo.
“I had to get over my fear of heights,” said the artist, speaking to ABC News. “I’m up there by myself in a little basket, it sways around a bit, and even when I come down to ground level, I still sway around for about half an hour.”
Local farmer Brett Yeo bought the town’s silos four years ago; the project to paint the silos in Bowman’s honour backed by a state government grant.
And Bowman? Let’s just say the boy done good.