Seventeen-year-old Welsh jockey Sean Bowen has recently taken on a high profile role as ‘Ambassador for Market Rasen Racecourse.’
The champion conditional jockey for 2014-15 continues his family’s long association with the course, his trainer/father Peter Bowen has claimed the course’s big Summer Plate prize on several occasions.
The duo teamed up at Friday’s meeting to win the ‘Rasen Rocks 15 August Handicap Hurdle Class 3.’ Doing the hard yards for trainer and jockey was The Road Ahead (3/1f). The eight-year-old was handy two out and stayed on well under pressure to follow up a Newton Abbott victory last time out. Irish bred Master of the Hall maintained his record of getting in the frame eight times at the Market Rasen track with his third place.
Feature race of the afternoon saw Anay Turge (6/1) claim the £15,000 prize in the ‘Go Pointing Class 2 Handicap Chase.’ Tom Scudamore had the Nigel Hawke trained 10-year-old only third approaching the last, but the grey produced a storming finish to complete a hat trick of wins despite a career high mark in the handicap.
Royal Rase, the 10/11 favourite, won the opening race, the Watch Racing UK Novices Hurdle. He took the hurdles in some style, bowling along in front to make all under Leighton Aspell for trainer Oliver Sherwood.
The first bumper (National Hunt Flat Race) was won by 40/1 outsider Captain Bocelli, who had Richie McLernon on board for trainer Anabel Murphy. Without much previous form the six-year-old can improve from this. The 2nd Division bumper, also for Class 6 horses, was claimed by Brave Richard (11/2) rather more impressively, with a strong finish after being held up by Paul Maloney early.
Tom Messenger (6/1) was on board The Purchaser who won the Racing UK Novices Handicap Chase, setting a reasonable gallop and keeping on well. Brigg trainer Nick Kent saddled Combustible Kate who ran well for third. Market Rasen trainer Michael Chapman’s The Society Man finished further back.
The next meeting at Market Rasen is this Sunday May 17.