Bio: Peter Bowen is based at Yet-Y-Rhug in Letterston, near Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire and first took out a full training licence in 1995. Bowen saddled his first winner under National Hunt Rules, Iffee, ridden by Richard Johnson – who was, at the time, still a conditional jockey, claiming 5lb – in a lowly Class E handicap chase at Sedgefield in October that year.
One of his career highlights was saddling Always Waining to win the John Smith’s Topham Chase, run over 2 miles 5 furlongs on the National Course at Aintree, three years running in 2010, 2011 and 2012. Bowen also has the distinction of winning the Summer Plate at Market Rasen six times. His winners were Stately Home in 1997 and Ballycassidy in 2003 and – after the race was awarded Listed status and increased in distance, to 2 miles 5½ furlongs, in 2005 – Yes Sir in 2006, Iron Man in 2007, Snoopy Loopy in 2008 and, most recently, More Buck’s, ridden by son Sean, in 2018. Later in 2008, Snoopy Loopy would also take advantage of a stumble by Kauto Star, who subsequently unseated his rider, after the final fence to win the Betfair Chase at Haydock Park at odds of 33/1.
Bowen has three sons, Mickey, who, at 21, became the youngest trainer ever to win the Fox Hunters’ Chase at Aintree in 2017, Sean, who, at 17, became the youngest ever leading conditional jockey in 2015 and James, who, at 16, usurped his brother as the youngest ever leading conditional jockey in 2017.