Lanzarote Hurdle gives rising star Mitchell Bastyan the chance to shine

A week after teenage jockey James Bowen grabbed a breakthrough victory in the Welsh National, another talent has the chance to do something similar

A week after one teenage jockey grabbed the attention with a breakthrough victory in a big Saturday race, another rising star gets a chance to do something similar this weekend. Last weekend, James Bowen became the promising jump jockey everyone had heard of by winning the Welsh Grand National and this weekend Mitchell Bastyan hopes to emulate him, having landed the mount on the likely favourite for Kempton’s Lanzarote Hurdle.

“I couldn’t quite believe it,” the 19-year-old Bastyan says of his booking to ride Diese Des Bieffes for Nicky Henderson. While Bastyan turned a lot of heads with some of the winners he has driven to the line for Evan Williams this winter, he has never previously ridden for the champion trainer. Saturday’s race puts him alongside Bowen in a real sense, since Bowen, who is attached to Henderson’s yard, will ride the stable’s other runner, William Henry, who is also fancied.

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