Sean Bowen Blog | Bangor-On-Dee

19 Apr 2024
Coral Racing Ambassador, Sean Bowen, provides an exclusive preview ahead of his five rides at Bangor-On-Dee, including his mount in the first, Haiti Coleurs.

13:05 Bangor-On-Dee – Haiti Coleurs

Although he was beaten a long way when I rode him two starts ago in a Grade 2 at Haydock, he actually didn’t run too badly that day, and he seemed to appreciate the drop in grade when getting off the mark in emphatic fashion in a maiden hurdle at Chepstow last month. He was very impressive that day, and hopefully that’s given him a bit of confidence now he’s got his head in front.

This will be tougher under a penalty taking on some previous winners, but Rebecca Curtis’ horses have been running well lately, so providing he builds on that victory last time, then I think he goes there with a great chance of recording back-to-back wins.

13:40 Bangor-On-Dee – Nine Nine Nine

Nine Nine Nine ran ok at Hereford the last day, but I just think the ground was a bit quick for him because even though it was described as good to soft, it rode more like genuine good ground. He’s a horse that takes his racing well and always wants to be on the go, so I don’t think the quick turnaround will be any problem for him, and I think he’s still on a very competitive mark.

I also think the combination of softer ground and a longer trip will definitely suit him here, so although he’d have a bit to find on recent form, it wouldn’t surprise me at all if he took a decent step forward.

15:25 Bangor-On-Dee – Our Follet

Our Follet isn’t a horse I’ve ridden before, but I spoke to Richard Hobson about him the other day, and although his recent form has been poor, Richard seemed to think he was capable of running a big race here. He did win at Ffos Las last season, and that race hasn’t worked out too badly, so the ability is there, he just hasn’t shown it yet in his four starts this season.

He’s now running off a 13lb lower mark than at the start of the season, and he wears cheekpieces for the first time here, so if they can prompt a bit of a return to form, then he looks very feasibly handicapped.

16:00 Bangor-On-Dee – Iron Heart

I ride Iron Heart for dad in the penultimate race on the card, and he’s just indicated to us lately that he might be returning to a little bit of form. I actually didn’t think he ran that badly last time, and the handicapper has dropped him another 3lb, so he looks very well handicapped if he can build on that here.

It does look a competitive race on paper, but he does receive weight from all of his rivals, and I think he’s capable of running well at an each-way price.

16:35 Bangor-On-Dee – Alexandra Larose

I ride Alexandra Larose for Georgina Nicholls in the last race, but this will be the first time I’ve sat on her, and I haven’t had a chance to properly speak to Georgina about her yet. She was beaten quite a long way on her debut at Stratford last month, but she did show signs of ability that day, and she’s closely related to quite a few winners, so she’s certainly bred for the job. She’s one of only four in the race who have had a run, so hopefully she can put that experience to good use and finish a bit closer this time.

Sean Bowen, Coral Racing Ambassador
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