Bobowen probably wasn’t the one the trainer expected to do best, but jockey Sam Twiston-Davies, who had first pick of the rides, chose the right one.
Dr Newland said, “It's the feature race of the summer season, so this was a big win. Sam surprised us (by riding Bobowen), as he was probably the least in form of the three. Bobowen ran a great race. He has a great track record at Market Rasen and that is very important.” Perhaps that was a bit of an exaggeration, as alongside a previous win and second place there, Bobowen also has an “F” to his name, something that might have given backers pause for thought, as it came the last time he ventured to Lincolnshire.
Newland added, “We saw from the start he was going really well. Sam had the choice of rides and clearly chose right. It was a great win, ‘Bob’ has worked in the heat and looked good.”
The combination of Twiston-Davies and Newland is one worth keeping a look out for, as it’s returning a 25% strike rate. The team could be heading to Ireland at the end of this month for a tilt at the Galway Plate. The trainer said, “That is a possibility. We will see how he comes out of this and whether he gets into the race, which he should with a penalty.”
Saturday’s prize of £28,475 was by far the most valuable of his six wins, and fully justified the decision to return to fences after four hurdle races in the early part of the summer.
The race saw Finger On the Pulse come home in third place, but his trainer Jonjo O’Neill will have taken little satisfaction from that, as his Galaxy Rock, the horse that gave JT McNamara such serious injuries at Cheltenham, showed no respect for champion jockey AP McCoy by dumping him out of the saddle at the first fence. Unfortunately, the fall proved fatal for Galaxy Rock.