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Horse Racing Tips of the Day – Bank Holiday Monday

Sean Bowen drives Virak clear at Haydock.

Jockey of the moment Sean Bowen has a great book of rides at Chepstow on Bank Holiday Monday.

Aside from the Irish Grand National, which I’ve covered elsewhere on this site, it’s more about quantity than quality on this Bank Holiday Monday.

So, with with no standout races under either code in Britain, I’m going to concentrate on the jumps action at Chepstow, where the in-form Sean Bowen looks to have several winning chances. The young conditional, who is attached to Paul Nicholls stable, has been making a name for himself this season and further advertised his talents with a treble at Haydock on Saturday.

On further inspection, it turns out he rides the Welsh track particularly well, as his strike rate of 44% shows (eight winners from 18 rides) and the majority of those have come on horses trained by his father Peter. Bowen Sr. trains the lion’s share of his winners here (14-81, 17%) as it’s his local track and he clearly has his string in rude health with two of his last four runners obliging and all of them running well.

His SANDYNOW could keep the ball rolling in the 3m handicap hurdle (3.15pm) as he has run well on both of his starts this season, finishing third on his reappearance at Ffos Las, his first run for 14 months, and when runner-up at Fakenham last time. The tongue-tie he wore for the first time there is reapplied and the handicapper has perhaps been lenient in raising him just a 1lb to a mark of 92, which is 7lb below his last winning one. With Bowen’s 5lb claim reducing his burden further, he can go one better here with the trip and ground looking ideal.

Bowen teams up with his father’s CRUISING BYE in the 3m handicap hurdle and while his form figures of 222232 would suggest he’s a serial loser, he has been unfortunate to bump into several progressive / in-form rivals. Certainly, there was nothing wrong with his second to Red Devil Lads at Ffos Las last time and he would have finished further clear of the third had he not made a bad blunder two out. His last run at this track resulted in another second to the well-handicapped Smiles For Miles off a 1lb higher mark, and today’s rivals all look beatable for various reasons.

Bowen has another winning opportunity in the opening “national hunt” novices’ hurdle (12.30pm) on Dan Skelton’s MISTER GREZ, who has found a new lease of life since being switched to hurdles, winning two of his last three starts in novice company. He carries the maximum penalty here but he will take some stopping in his current frame of mind. With his nearest rival in the betting, Santa’s Secret, looking a doubtful stayer on more than one occasion over hurdles. I’d expect Bowen to capitalise on that and give his mount a positive ride from the front.

He might not be finished there as he rides his father’s PRINCESS TARA in the mares’ novices’ hurdle (1.00pm) and this dual hurdles winner will find conditions more to her liking having found the ground a bit too quick when third in a Listed contest at Doncaster last time. Bowen will get the leg up on Nicholls’ JUST A PAR in the 3m handicap chase (2.40pm) and the eight-year-old will appreciate this drop in grade having contested the Kim Muir at the Cheltenham Festival last time. He was still in touch when badly hampered four out there and his previous form gives him every chance here, although old-timer Carruthers is greatly feared after his battling success at Newbury last time.

It’s up to you how you make money from the above but the suggestion would to combine the jockey’s five rides in doubles and trebles (10 + 10, making 20 bets in total). I’ve included the best prices at the time of writing below more for information purposes as you will have to choose one bookie for your multiple bet.


Chepstow 1.30, Mister Grez @ 4/1 Paddy Power
Chepstow 1.00, Princess Tara @ 9/4 bet365
Chepstow 2.40, Just A Par @ 5/1 Betfair
Chepstow 3.15 @ 4/1 Sky Bet
Chepstow 3.50, Cruising Bye @ 11/4 Sky Bet

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