Australia: The build-up to the world’s richest turf race was launched in novel fashion when the fastest man on two legs in Australia took on Lost And Running, one of the contenders for the Everest, ridden by star jockey Hugh Bowman.
In a promotional event for the A$15 million (£8.09m) sprint on October 16, Olympian Rohan Browning raced the John O’Shea-trained Lost And Running up the straight at Randwick.
Browning, 23, who ran the second-fastest time in Australian history in Tokyo, missing out on the final by 0.001 secs, started 100m from the winning post with Bowman’s mount giving him a 120-metre start, and just held on to win.
“It was something special, that’s for sure. It was definitely very different to anything I’ve ever done before,” said Browning quoted by News.com.au.
“I was a little bit anxious and a bit nervous but if you can run head-to-head against Hugh Bowman on a horse, then hopefully you can go to some international competition and not be too intimidated.”
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