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Sean Bowen: 'I'm useless at everything else bar riding horses - it drives my partner mad!'

Peter Thomas talks to the runaway title leader about DIY deficiencies, strong alliances and burning ambition

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Peter ThomasRacing Writer of the Year
Sean Bowen: this season's clear leader is happy to talk openly of his ambition to be champion jump jockey
Sean Bowen: this season's clear leader is happy to talk openly of his ambition to be champion jump jockeyCredit: Edward Whitaker

To mangle a well-known and popular piece of philosophy: there's no such thing as bad weather, just poor mental attitude. Which may be why, as the rest of us trudge torrentially from car park to gate to betting ring, with socks already dampening and little drops of rain dripping down the backs of our necks, Sean Bowen is skipping merrily back to the Lingfield weighing room with seemingly not a care in the world.

I imagine, of course, that it's far easier to make light of the elements when you're standing well clear atop the jockeys' table, within touching distance of 100 winners for the season, peering over your shoulder at rivals who look in need of oxygen. Added to which, when you're on your game, you tend to make the right calls, whatever the weather. But this is a serious Surrey monsoon.

Today, with his sodden silks discarded, waiting in chipper fashion for the inquisition to begin, it becomes clear that Bowen has chosen his undergarments well. Where many of us would have settled for a thermal vest from Marks and Sparks, the 26-year-old is light enough to be able to afford the luxury of a white plastic, wet-look top that presumably laughs in the face of precipitation and may well be on special offer in the men's section of Ann Summers.

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Published on 18 November 2023inThe Big Read

Last updated 18:00, 18 November 2023