Bowerman returned back to the winner’s enclosure for the first time in nearly a year at Dundalk last Friday night by winning the Floodlit Friday Nights At Dundalk Handicap under Chris Hayes.

The Dutch Art gelding had shown signs of a return to form when finishing fourth on his previous outing in Dundalk a week earlier and having been held up early on, Chris made his move entering the 2 furlong marker where he challenged the leaders entering the final furlong and kept on well in the final 100 yards to beat the Tony Martin trained Firstman by half a length.
Speaking afterwards, Ado said, “We were contemplating whether to retire him before Christmas and we’ll probably keep him going now and try him on the grass and he might come up here again.

“He has been some servant to me. Myself and Stephen bought him off the lads in the Total Recall Racing Club because we put them into a fresher horse and I didn’t want a horse like him going into claimers.

He deserves a good life when he is finished and will probably be retired this year at some stage. Colin rode him the last day and said to step him up to 1m4f. This came up quick but we just said we’d take a chance and he has a bit of fire left in his belly.

He was wrong here a few runs ago and we couldn’t find out what was wrong with him but definitely the last two runs he was very sweet and is well down in his rating.

Form is temporary and class is permanent. He is a gorgeous horse to have, he’s so quiet and lovely.”