Bowen lights up Haydock
Young jockey Sean Bowen has a memorable afternoon in front of the television cameras at Haydock with a TV double and ended the afternoon with three winners from four rides on a day that also secured him the opportunity to ride in next weeks Grand National at Aintree.
Finishing only second on Buachaill Alainn in the second race on the card was perhaps a little disappointing but he was strong and determined aboard Southfield Vic in the following race to win a very competitive handicap hurdle and return to the winners enclosure a 5/1f for trainer Paul Nicholls.
He needed to be far more patient aboard a well backed Virak, again for his boss Paul Nicholls. as the talented chaser was travelling extremely well as he approached two fences from home then left in front as rivals blundered he remained cool and drove his mount home to an impressive success. The win means Bowen is now eligible to ride in next week’s Aintree Grand National where at just seventeen he will sit upon Nicholl’s trained Mon Parrain in a maximum field for one of the sports most prestigious prizes.
“I was getting very frustrated because Monday was the last day I could do it, but I knew this was really my main chance. I’ve been waiting for that for a while and I’m glad I got it as it’s a massive thing to ride in the National.” the young jockey said following his second win of the day.
It was a day of remarkable success for the youngest in the weighing room as the other races went to conditional riders with Jamie Bargary, Diarmuid O’Regan, Jamie Hamilton and Joe Colliver. Retiring champ AP McCoy, present at the meeting, was asked by Channel 4 anchor Nick Luck of his opinion on the young talent now compared to when he started “There are some good young lads around but when you look at the depth it’s not there, the numbers of jockeys is about half and that means you have less quality.”
It will be an exciting few days for Bowen now as he builds up to the biggest ride of his career to date at Aintree on Saturday.
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