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Surprise Grand National race for Sean Bowen

THERE WAS a surprise for Pembrokeshire jockey Sean Bowen on Saturday (Apr 10) as he was called in to race in the 173rd Grand National.

Bowen had already completed two races at Aintree on Saturday, finishing fourth in the 4:15pm Betway Handicap Chase on Callipso Collonges. He had also ridden If The Cap Fits earlier in the day.

He had already had five Grand National rides prior to Saturday. He was pulled up in his first two attempts while his next three races saw him finish in the top 15.

Fellow jockey Harry Cobden, who had been due to ride the 33-1 shot Give Me Copper, suffered a fall in one of his earlier races and was taken to hospital for scans on his head and neck.

Bowen was called in to ride the horse which also turned out to be his 100th race at the Aintree track.

However, there wasn’t to be a fairy tale ending as the horse pulled up at the 29th fence having made an earlier blunder.

The race itself was won by Rachel Blackmore on Minella Times as she made history by becoming the first woman to win the famous race.

Balko Des Flos finished second while Any Second Now came in third.

Bowen now has three races to look forward to today as he rides at Warwick before another race at Huntingdon on Monday.