Written by Graham Saveker

JOCKEY Sean Bowen was in red hot form at Hereford Racecourse on Saturday as he fired home four victories during Ladies' Day with wins aboard Colt Lightning, Misty Mai, Lord Bryan and Beau Bay.

The magnificent four-timer kicked off when he teamed up with Woolhope trainer Tom Lacey aboard the 4/1 favourite Colt Lightening in the two mile five furlong handicap hurdle and although challenged persistently over the final two hurdles by eventual runner-up Sackett, Bowen and his mount held on by a length.

Owned by a local partnership of Pat Churchward, Guy Roberts and Bernard Whittal-Williams, who have three horses in training with him. It was Lacey's 26th win of current season and third of the week.

“I’m very pleased, he’s knuckled down and done it well," he said.

Bowen followed up his opening win with a win on Misty Mai in the extended three mile Mares Handicap Chase where after being close to the leaders on the first circuit Bowen seized the initiative in the back straight and had seven lengths to spare at the finish.

Bowen then followed that with a win aboard his father's trained, Lord Bryan, who gave a bold front-running performance in the two mile four furlong Novices Limited Handicap Chase.

His father Peter Bowen said after the win: “He only cost £7,000 so he’s a bargain really and he should get better and improve as he gets older. He’ll have three weeks off now but that was a good win."

The magnificent four-timer was completed with the help of the stewards in the two mile Handicap Chase as Bowen’s mount Beau Bay was hampered on the run in by first past the post Kauto Riko while locally trained Grey Gold finished fifth.

Bowen added: “That’s fantastic, I couldn't have thought it would happen and I’m obviously delighted with the way it’s gone, a great day ”.

The eight year old hurdler Flashjack trained by Henry Daly clinched victory in the extended three mile Handicap Hurdle when the eight-year-old scored for the fourth time during the season to the obvious delight of his trainer.

Under pressure from a long way out Flashjack responded well for jockey Andrew Tinkler and when the leader The Cider Maker made a mistake at the final hurdle they renewed their effort to clinch the victory close to home.

Ludlow-based Daly added: “Not many manage to win four times in a season but he was well handicapped after last season, when he had bleeding problems, but he is so tough.

"He really needs a stiffer track to get the best out of him.”

The meeting concluded with the long odds-on win of the Nicky Henderson trained Burrows Edge in the two mile three furlong novice hurdle, who in the hands of jockey Jerry McGrath cruised home twenty-one length winners and after the confidence giving win will now be aimed at higher grade races.