Title-chasing rider Sean Bowen was happy to go back to the saddle at Huntingdon on Thursday, regardless of being directly rejected a dream resurgence aboard Roccovango.
The 26-year-old has actually been leading the race to be crowned this season’s champ leaps jockey for numerous months, however has actually been sidelined by an injury given that suffering a nasty fall from Gordon Elliott’s Farren Splendor in the Grade One Formby Novices’ Difficulty at Aintree on Boxing Day.
Throughout the stepping in duration, Harry Cobden has actually considerably worn down Bowen’s benefit, with just 4 winners splitting the leading 2 (121-117) prior to Thursday’s action.
Bowen headed to Huntingdon for a singular trip for his employer Olly Murphy, with Roccovango a 3/1 shot for the Mulberry Advancement Novices’ Handicap Difficulty.
In spite of being difficult at work some method from home, Roccovango reacted to his rider’s urgings to guarantee he was still in the battle leaping the last flight, however in the end he needed to use the runner-up area, decreasing by a neck to 11/10 preferred Nordic Tiger.
” It’s good to be back and the horse ran well. We didn’t rather arrive in the end, however it was a great one to get me back began on,” Bowen stated.
” To be reasonable he definitely winged the last and revealed a great mindset, however he simply could not get me the fairy tale resurgence.
” All felt in great working order and I’m great to go.”
When asked if it has actually been difficult seeing Cobden consume into his lead given that the turn of the year, Bowen included: “You can’t get annoyed by it since when I was off, unless Harry was doing something seriously incorrect, he was going to ride a great deal of winners because time.
” It was inescapable what was going to take place and I simply require to come back and ride a lot of winners.”
Weather condition allowing, Bowen’s next port of call is Kempton on Friday before he heads to Newbury to partner the Murphy-trained Go Dante in the Betfair Difficulty. The latter has actually been conserved for this rewarding reward given that winning at Cheltenham in mid-December and his rider is anticipating being reunited with the eight-year-old this weekend.
” I’ll have a number of warm-up trips and he’s the amazing one for the weekend,” stated Bowen. “I saw him a few days ago and he appears in truly great type, so he’s one you have actually got to be anticipating.”