Bowen clan has a sea­son to re­mem­ber

Llanelli Star - - CRICKET AND RACING - Olivia Tu­dor

MANY Welsh own­ers and jock­eys have been en­joy­ing a quiet few days fol­low­ing the cli­max of the 2018-19 Na­tional Hunt sea­son.

Peter Bowen’s yard ended its sea­son with a win­ner in the form of Equss Dancer, who won at Perth. This was his 64th win­ner of their cam­paign and signed off one of the sta­ble’s best sea­sons for 12 years in terms of prize money earned.

Sean Bowen fin­ished sixth in the jump jock­eys’ ta­ble with 91 win­ners and brother James claimed 72 win­ners to fin­ish in 12th spot. He was the youngest jockey on the ta­ble.

Evan Wil­liams was the high­estearn­ing Welsh trainer of the sea­son, win­ning 53 races and bag­ging prize money of £823,000. One horse that stands out from the Llan­car­fan yard is Sil­ver Streak, who stormed home in the Welsh Cham­pion Hur­dle in Ffos Las in Oc­to­ber, then went onto fin­ish a gal­lant third in the Cham­pion Hur­dle at the Chel­tenham Fes­ti­val.

On the flat, Brid­gend-based trainer John Flint en­joyed a 66-1 win­ner in Sal­is­bury on Thurs­day when Air Of York got up by half a length to win a hand­i­cap over six fur­longs. The trainer is cer­tainly in form as Carp Kid won the first race of the day at Chep­stow on Fri­day.

Other Welsh train­ers en­joy­ing suc­cess at the meet­ing were David Evans, whose three-year-old Lady Re­set got her head in front de­spite show­ing signs of in­ex­pe­ri­ence, while Ron Har­ris trained the win­ner of the fifth race as Brother Bent­ley edged in front to win by just over a length, with last year’s cham­pion ap­pren­tice Ja­son Wat­son in the saddle.

The next meet­ing at Ffos Las is when Mad­ness come to town on Satur­day, May 25. Tick­ets sales have been strong and the course is ex­pect­ing its big­gest at­ten­dance since the open­ing day in 2009.

Tick­ets are £40 and this in­cludes rac­ing as well. Hos­pi­tal­ity pack­ages are also avail­able. The gates open at 3pm and the first race is off at 6.05pm. Suggs and the gang will be on stage around 9.15pm.

The fol­low­ing month, the track cel­e­brates its 10th an­niver­sary with a meet­ing on Thurs­day, June 20. Ad­mis­sion is £10 in ad­vance.

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