Track Talk 14/06/22


14 June 2022

Swansea Bay Business Club hold its flagship event for the first time at Ffos Las this Thursday June 16th.  

The West Wales business community will be heading to the course for the Swansea Bay Business Club race night, with the pre-race lunch kindly sponsored by Gavin Griffiths Group of Companies.  

Hosted by Swansea icon Kevin Johns, the sold out lunch will take place before racing in Bridles Restaurant in aid of the club’s nominated charity The Army Benevolent Fund. 

We are delighted with sponsorship support from AB Glass, JCP Solicitors, Gavin Griffiths Group of Companies, Sytner BMW Swansea, Peter Lynn and Associates, Welsh Cottage Cakes and Fly 2 Wales.  

The first race is off at 5.25pm. Advance tickets are £17 and it’s £22 on the day. 

Sean Bowen kept up the pressure on Brian Hughes at the top of the jump jockeys’ table by riding a double at Worcester on Saturday evening.  He began on Rebecca Curtis’s The Boola Boss in an ultra-competitive 14-runner novice chase over 2m7f.  The horse’s recent runs over two and a half miles had been satisfactory but the step up in trip this time, on his second outing over fences, was expected to produce improvement.  Bowen sat tight when the horse jumped the last untidily, but in a driving finish he gained the upper hand in the last few strides.   

An hour later, over the same distance, he piloted his father’s Lord Bryan to a three length victory over the Christian Williams-trained Jony Max.  Coincidentally he beat the same horse by the same margin, give or take a quarter of a length, in his previous outing.  Lord Bryan is owned by Jane and Gwyn Brace, and was winning his third race in a row, his eighth in all.  After the race Sean complimented the horse’s jumping.  Indeed, the eleven-year-old has never fallen in 50 starts.  He’s typical of the well-schooled Bowen horses, bearing in mind their many successes over the Aintree fences.  Last season their Mac Tottie won the Grand Sefton and the Topham.    

David Probert (photographed) has had only one winner so far this month, but every top jockey has troughs as well as peaks.  Before he came to ride in the UK Steve Cauthen once went 117 rides without a win.  Probert has four booked rides at Royal Ascot on Tuesday.  The best of them is The Queen’s King’s Lynn in the King’s Stand Stakes.  He is one of the leading domestic contenders, but is up against highly-rated speedsters from the USA and Australia. 

David Evans has his two-year-old Democracy Dilemma entered in a couple of Royal Ascot races.  He won a Chester maiden in great style before running too freely next time out at Sandown.  He’s 50/1 for both Ascot races, but if he settles he could do a bit better than his odds suggest.  Evans’s top sprinter a year ago, Rohaan, lost his form badly after winning the Wokingham at last year’s royal meeting.  He could reappear in one of the six furlong races on Saturday, either in the Wokingham again or, more ambitiously, the Group 1 Platinum Jubilee. 

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