James Bowen gains miraculous Chepstow win riding one-handed

Jockey James Bowen produced one of the rides of the season to gain an unlikely win at Chepstow.

Moments after the start in the Pertemps MPS Maiden Open National Hunt Flat Race, his rein broke aboard the Nicky Henderson-trained horse Mot A Mot.

The 18-year-old looked down at the tack problem, which seemed to encourage the 9-2 shot to go faster and take the lead.

Bowen adjusted his balance aboard the grey, firstly to keep the partnership intact, but he then had to deal with the horse veering to his right on the bend.

"There seems to be some sort of issue with the leader who is hanging badly around the turn," said the commentator.

With just one hand steering the horse, at a top speed of more than 30mph, he managed to guide him towards the rail.

Fortunately the pair were able to navigate the final bend in a straighter fashion, but the drama wasn't over.

Bowen looked behind him to see where their rivals were and nearly collided with the last hurdle.

Mot A Mot galloped on and crossed the line six lengths in front of the 2-1 favourite Barrier Peaks.

Racing fans were quick to praise Bowen, whose amazing success came just days after another jockey, Hugh Morgan, won with one stirrup intact.

One described the performance as "sensational."

A second social media user wrote: "How on earth did James Bowen manage to control Mot A Mot with a broken rein!! He nearly ran off the track early on….unbelievable horsemanship."

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