Friday 15 November 2019

Galway beckons for Bobowen

Dr Richard Newland
Dr Richard Newland

A trip to Ireland beckons for Bobowen after his stylish victory in the Betfred Summer Plate at Market Rasen.

The Galway Plate on July 31 could be the next staging post for the Dr Richard Newland-trained seven-year-old after his Listed triumph on a balmy afternoon in Lincolnshire.

Jockey Sam Twiston-Davies had the choice of three Dr Newland runners in the showpiece event and rather caught connections on the hop after he opted for the Jim Stewart-owned Bobowen.

The rider's decision to partner the 8-1 shot looked to have been vindicated when he jumped into the lead at the second-last fence in unison with old-stager Finger Onthe Pulse.

There was still work to do, but Dr Newland's representative maintained an honest gallop to keep at bay Woolcombe Folly, who ran a fine race off joint-top weight, by nine lengths.

Dr Newland said: "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.

"That (the Galway Plate) 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."

Galaxy Rock, the 5-1 joint-favourite, suffered a fatal fall at the first fence.

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