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Grand National Jockey: Sean Bowen

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This 22-year-old Grand National jockey has been setting the horse racing world alight with his sensational performance. The Welsh-born jockey, son of prominent horse trainer Peter Bowen, had begun his horse racing journey from a very young age which has secured his success and placed him at the top of the ranks!

Career Highlights

Sean realised that his dream of becoming the Grand National jockey champion would not be compatible with the normal life of a 14-year-old. He and his parents decided to pursue homeschooling so that the young man could balance his school work with his demanding training schedule. In between his school lessons at home he would train on the horses, sometimes completing as much as 10 rides each day!

When Sean got his chance to ride professionally he took the opportunity with both hands. Teaming up with legendary trainer Paul Nicholls the duo managed to secure 40 wins in their first season. Paul first scouted Sean when he was riding as an amateur jockey in point-to-point aces. The meeting of this young star with the experience of Nicholls has proved to be a recipe for success. With his young age he is definitely up there with the other favourites to keep an eye on for Grand National.

Sean Bowen

Sean Bowen Grand National dreams were made a reality when he took part in his first Grand National jockey race, which was by far the most important race of his life. For Sean Bowen, Grand National is an extremely important milestone in his career. It is a huge race that is watched by millions from around the world. This particular race was quite interesting for the family. Sean was set to race against a horse that his father had trained. With Sean aiming for the win, and his parents backing a different horse, the race was a test of the family bond. In interviews, it was clear that there were no hard feelings as Sean said: “If either horse won it would be absolutely fantastic.”

Sean was crowned the British Conditional Jockey champion for the 2014-2015 seasons, with 51 winners. This was despite missing 6 weeks due to injury. Other notable achievements include a treble on both the Welsh Grand National Day and at Haydock!

Interesting Trivia about Bowen

The Bowen family is all about horses. The patriarch of the family, Peter Bowen, is a successful horse trainer that has supplied many of his sons winning horses. Mickey Bowen, the oldest son, assists his father in training. And, of course, Sean is the successful point-to-point racer that has been breaking records since turning professional. The youngest brother, James, is another rising talent also making waves in the horse racing world.

In this past season alone the young star has made a total of £4,371,102! In his younger years, Sean Bowen actually couldn’t stand horses. As a toddler, he would suffer from eczema every time he got close to horsehair. Who would’ve thought that one day he would make a career from riding the horses he once couldn’t stand.

At the 2018 Welsh Horse Racing awards, James, Peter and Sean Bowen racked up various awards. Peter was crowned trainer of the year, James was awarded the ‘Rising Star of the Year’ and Sean Bowen was named ‘Jockey of the Year’. The main prize, however, is to be crowned Grand National jockey, which Sean Bowen hopes to achieve very soon!

Wins: Table Highlights


Looking at the win stats above, we can see here that Sean Bowen’s most successful year has been 2018. However, his two most important wins were in 2015 where he won the ‘Bet 365 Gold cup’, and in 2017 when he won it again, riding on a horse trained by his father!

Sean Bowen’s most recent achievement was winning the Grand National Trial Handicap Chase. Sean Bowen appears to have grand national dreams and they are not over!

There is little doubt that he will achieve this in the next few seasons, where going past the post is number one in his list of must-dos!

We’ll keep watching to see how he fares the next few seasons ahead.

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