Sean Bowen sits tight after blunder on Cyrname to claim Pendil prize

Sat 24 Feb 2018

Watch how Sean Bowen sat tight on Cyrname after a bad blunder in the Pendil Novices' Chase at Kempton on Saturday plus interviews with the jockey and Paul Nicholls.

By staff

Cyrname survived a scare to win the Betdaq Now 2% Commission Pendil Novices' Chase at Kempton.

Paul Nicholls' six-year-old had jumped immaculately but with a huge advantage coming out of the back straight, he put in another monster leap at the fourth last fence which caught Bowen by surprise and he nearly went over the horse's head.

It took Bowen a while to relocate his irons, but once he did there were no more alarms, as they coasted to victory in the Grade Two.

Sent off the 2-5 favourite, he provided Nicholls with an incredible 10th win in the race

Bowen said afterwards: "It was embarrassing really, I sent him on then nearly fell off him. It was completely my fault.

"He jumped well the whole way but I still nearly fell off him. He jumps and goes his own speed, he doesn't go slower or much faster, you just let him get on with it."

Nicholls said: "He's brave and sometimes a bit too brave.

"I'm incredibly lucky to have won this 10 times with some nice horses and this is a nice horse.

"He's just starting to relax. With another summer he'll be really nice and who knows, he might win us a 10th King George one day.

"He definitely won't go to Cheltenham or Aintree, I just wouldn't mind finding one small race going right-handed somewhere. It wouldn't be the end of the world if he didn't run again."

Nicholls went on: "He has just transformed from being disappointing over hurdles as his issue was being so keen, but now he relaxes he is really good.

"The race that might tempt me more than any is at Ayr, the Future Champions Novices' Chase. He just wants minding a little bit."

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