Bowen teeing up Aintree plan for Dineur

  • Posted: Friday, 8th February 2019
  • Author: Carl Evans
  • Photo: Carl Evans

Randox Health Fox Hunters’ Chase winner Dineur is being aimed at a repeat Aintree victory.

Now 13, the Mickey Bowen-trained Dineur has not run since April 2017 when he won Aintree's featured hunters' chase at the Grand National meeting.

Pembrokeshire-based Bowen (pictured above) says: "Dineur suffered a tendon injury after his win at Aintree, but he's in good health and ready for a run. We are just looking for an opportunity to start him off somewhere. The plan is to take a similar route to last time, and give him a couple of runs before Aintree, which is a track he really likes."

Bowen declared Dineur for hunters' chases at Ffos Las and Bangor this week, but was denied the chance to run his horse by the equine influenza scare which has seen British racing put on hold until Wednesday at the earliest.

Peter Bryan, Bowen's cousin, was booked to ride the horse, replacing James King who is currently injured. King rode Dineur to victory at Aintree, and Bowen confirmed he will regain the ride once fully fit.

Like a number of Bowen family horses, Dineur seems to produce his best at Aintree, and was second to the brilliant Irish hunter On The Fringe in the 2016 Fox Hunters' Chase, one year before his success.