Turf Talk: Mares’ bumper to be named in Yorkshire trainer Swinbank’s memory

The late Alan Swinbank.
The late Alan Swinbank.
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A new Listed mares’ bumper will be staged at Market Rasen on January 17 in tribute to Yorkshire trainer Alan Swinbank, who died in May aged 72.

The 188Bet Alan Swinbank Mares Listed National Hunt Flat Race will be a permanent memorial to the late North Yorkshire handler.

Trainer Colin Bowe. PIC: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Trainer Colin Bowe. PIC: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Swinbank’s son, Julian, said: “The whole Swinbank family are honoured that Market Rasen racecourse has decided on this tribute to the ‘Boss’.

“He had a good record at the track in National Hunt Flat races over the years and, more importantly, loved to have runners there.

“It’s a huge honour.”

n Trainer Colin Bowe, the man who launched Samcro’s career in a point-to-point race, believes the exciting prospect has all the attributes to take him right to the top.

Samcro in action at Navan last Sunday. PIC: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Samcro in action at Navan last Sunday. PIC: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Now with Gordon Elliott after he was bought by owners Gigginstown House Stud for the not-insignificant sum of £335,000, the five-year-old gelding is unbeaten in five starts for his new connections.

His latest outing in a Grade Three at Navan on Sunday was his most impressive to date and he is now as low as 2-1 favourite for the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival in March.

Samcro made his racing debut for Bowe in a point-to-point, which he won impressively, at Monksgrange in April 2016. His former trainer is convinced the five-year-old always had the potential to become a star.

Bowe said: “He’s always looked special.

“The day he won his point-to-point he was a tad heavy going there and the ground was very soft, but the best thing about him is that he always saves himself until you need him. He’s fierce good.

“He’s very nimble for a horse who’s already won a point and he showed that on Sunday. He was low over his hurdles and he has so much ability.”


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