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Leading Welsh trainer Peter Bowen and his two jockey sons, Sean and James, were all recognised at the inaugural Welsh Horse Racing Awards held at Chepstow Racecourse.

Peter won the Trainer of the Year title, Sean was Jockey of the Year and 17-year-old James was named Rising Star of the Year.

All three have enjoyed plenty of success across the UK and have become household names in the sport.

The night, sponsored by George Smith Horse Boxes, saw 200 members of the country’s horse racing industry gather to celebrate the buoyant state of Welsh horse racing.



Peter Bowen, the winner of the Trainer of the Year prize at the Welsh Horse Racing Awards
Peter Bowen, the winner of the Trainer of the Year prize at the Welsh Horse Racing Awards

The winners of the award categories were as follows:

Jockey of The Year: Sean Bowen

Trainer of The Year sponsored by GAIN Equine Nutrition: Peter Bowen

Flat Horse of The Year sponsored by Select Security Specialists: Gracious John trained by David Evans

Hurdler of The Year sponsored by Event Image AV: Silver Streak trained by Evan Williams



Sean Bowen, the winner of the Jockey of the Year at the Welsh Horse Racing Awards
Sean Bowen, the winner of the Jockey of the Year at the Welsh Horse Racing Awards

Chaser of The Year sponsored by NAF: Joe Farrell trained by Rebecca Curtis

Breeder of The Year sponsored by The Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association: Llety Farms

Rising Star of The Year sponsored by Great British Racing: James Bowen

Owner of The Year sponsored by Tattersalls : Walters Plant Hire (Dai Walters)

Stable Staff Recognition Award sponsored by Carpet Gallop: Andrea Kelly

Lifetime Achievement Award: Dai Burchell

It was the first awards ceremony focused on recognising Welsh horse racing talent.



James Bowen, the winner of the Rising Star of the Year at the Welsh Horse Racing Awards
James Bowen, the winner of the Rising Star of the Year at the Welsh Horse Racing Awards

Peter Bowen said: ”I am delighted to have been awarded the Trainer of the Year title. It’s great to have an awards ceremony to showcase the huge talent we have in racing in Wales.”

Phil Bell, executive director of Chepstow and Ffos Las Racecourses said:”I would like to congratulate all of the winners at the first ever Welsh Horse Racing Awards and also thank our sponsors for their support.

“We have some real superstars working in Welsh horse racing and I look forward to the event becoming an important part of the racing calendar in Wales.”

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