At the time of writing, Sean Bowen is just one winner ahead of Nico de Boinville in the battle for the Conditional Jockeys’ Championship 2014/2015, which ends on Friday, so it’s reasonable to his assume that his father, Peter, has prepared some ‘ammunition’ for the rest of the week.
In the Yorkshire & Cheshire Finance Handicap Chase (2.10) at Warwick on Thursday, Bowen Sr. saddles Cruising Bye, who may be capable of supplementing his win over 3 miles at Chepstow earlier this month, despite being 2lb out of the handicap proper. Bowen Jr. has ridden off a weight as low as 8st 13lb in the last twelve months, so should have no problem claiming all of his 3lb allowance and stepping up to 3 miles 5 furlongs could be what the 10-year-old needs at this stage of his career.
The son of Alflora has looked a shade one-paced over 3 miles, and even over 3 miles 2 furlongs, on recent starts, so an extra three furlongs might show him in a better light, especially as he seems equally effective on the prevailing good going as under more testing conditions. He steps up in class off a 4lb higher mark than at Chepstow, but this would hardly be the strongest race for the grade and, at around 3/1 in the early price lists, Cruising Bye looks a decent bet to take Sean Bowen one closer to the title.
Selection: Warwick 2.10 Cruising Bye (Nap) to win