Thoughts on Bowland Park

Bowland Park runs this afternoon in the 5.45 at Kempton. Adam McNamara is aboard the colt for the mile and three furlong handicap. The pair are drawn in stall 5 of 5. Bowland Park missed the latter part of last season with a sinus infection, having shown a great deal of promise in his three starts. This is quite a step up in trip but it should be within his stamina range. The team at home have done a great job developing him over the winter and he looks to have matured mentally.

Bowland Park working at home under Damon Houlbrook, who has done a great job relaxing the horse.

A small field of five it looks a competitive heat, with all five runners having shown a good level of form and looking open to improvement. Dancing King looks the one to beat after winning just 10 days ago under a penalty in impressive fashion. This is a tougher race than that day and Side Shot improved with every start last year and should find more again, particularly if gelding has helped him. Wallem makes his handicap debut after three good runs, again stepping forward each time he ran and winning on his third start, he needs to continue that improvement to be involved. Coul Queen was probably disappointing on her reappearance run but clearly has guts putting up some solid efforts at two. She may well have needed her recent race and should strip fitter today.

Bowland Park races for and was bred by Gary and Lesley Middlebrook. He is by New Bay, out of the Tobugg mare, Distinctive. Bowland Park will be led up by Billie Portwin, who recently passed her Level 2 Diploma in Racehorse Care with Distinction.