Bowen’s Travels Turn a Profit

The Claydon Horse Exercisers Novices' Hurdle at Stratford were the ultimate pay out for Peter Bowen's brilliant labours travelling the highways of England and Wales, as Tout Regulier raced to victory with a successful run.

Stratford Racecourse

Stratford Racecourse

Bowen set out on the journey to the Midlands within hours after he had completed the substantial return journey from South Wales to Market Rasen for two victories on Saturday.

Tout Regulier made the whole journey worth his efforts as the favourite built on the success of the previous weekend events, for her new stable, to produce four wins from five starts.

Bowen said, "I'll have driven 1,000 miles over the weekend by the time I get home tonight.

"We got back at 2am this morning from Market Rasen and I was up again at 5am. I'm not tired though - I am used to it and plenty of Red Bull helps!"

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Alan Berry's mount Sea Wall had the goods over the other of Jonjo O'Neill's starters as he edged past the post by a head in the Claydon Horse Exercisers Handicap Chase.

An impressive challenger over the final few fences, Dead Or Alive battled well, but Sea Wall had enough left to fight off the contender, with third place going to stable mate Whataboutya.

O'Neill said, "He is game but I thought he might get beat from the final fence as he is not the greatest battler.

"He has had his problems but he likes fast ground and his jumping kept him in it."

John Berry was extremely pleased with Danny Cook after he rode to instructions and won the Claydon Horse Exercisers Selling Hurdle on mount Douchkette.

Berry stated after the race, "That is Danny's first ride for me and I would certainly use him again.

"The filly is a doubtful stayer so I told him to hold on to her for as long as possible and he gave her a beautiful ride."

Mzuri Bay posted Brendan Duke's first winner in 62 days and the trainer holds high expectations after the five-year-old got off the mark with a three and a quarter length victory in the Claydon Horse Exercisers Handicap Hurdle.

Duke said,"He has been an underachiever but is still a child in his mind and hopefully this will move him into the big school.

"He is a very nice horse and we will keep him going as he likes fast ground."

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