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2021 SUMMER PLATE: Francky Du Berlais extends Peter Bowen’s incredible record | Race Report

The tenacious Francky Du Berlais scored in the Summer Plate on Saturday afternoon under James Bowen

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2FYX691 Francky Du Berlais ridden by jockey Sean Bowen on their way to winning the Clarke Chase at Uttoxeter Racecourse. Picture date: Sunday May 30, 2021.

Francky Du Berlais gave trainer Peter Bowen a seventh win in the Betway Summer Plate with a brilliant display at Market Rasen on Saturday afternoon under son, James.

WATCH: JAMES BOWEN AND FRANCKY DU BERLAIS TAKE THE 2021 RENEWAL OF THE BETWAY SUMMER PLATE [CREDIT: RACING TV]
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This season’s Clarke Chase winner underperformed at Cartmel last time out but won with plenty in hand in Lincolnshire to extend his handler’s domination on the July contest, seeing off Neil Mulholland’s Exelerator Express by seven-and-a-half lengths.

Market Rasen Racecourse
Market Rasen’s feature contest, the Betway Summer Plate, was awarded Grade 3 status in 2020

Previous Aintree winner and hot-favourite Captain Tom Cat carries top-weight to fifth, with Pink Eyed Pedro and Templepark picking up minor honours.

2C7CCPM Captain Tom Cat and jockey Sam Twiston-Davies win the Sky Sports Racing Virgin 535 Novices' Hurdle at Uttoxeter Racecourse.
Captain Tom Cat’s winning run over fences came to an end in the Summer Plate

Prior to the contest, Pembrokeshire’s Bowen was full of praise for his charge ahead of his English exploits and was confident in his chances.

He told the Sporting Life last week: “We do target the race every year as lots of our horses run very well at that time of year. It is also a good race for novices coming through and that is basically what Francky Du Berlais is – a novice coming up.

Peter Bowen celebrated a seventh win in the Summer Plate thanks to Francky Du Berlais last weekend

“He won over two mile four at Uttoxeter but he just got there at the end. I don’t think going a little further will do him any harm so I’m quite hopeful with him.”

Dominic Chapman is senior content writer at Low6 with a passion for horse racing. He provides a NAP and NB every day throughout the week on selected National Hunt and Flat cards in both Britain and Ireland. Additionally, he hosts the Paddock Picks Podcast with former Welsh Grand National-winning pilot, Charlie Poste - the pair interviewing and discussing current racing topics with a special guest every week.

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