Friday 29th May, 2020
‘My Racing Life’ continues. When I first started training, I was lucky to have several horses that helped my career get going. I was fortunate enough to be sent Gnome’s Tycoon in my first year who beat Viking Flagship at Newbury one day, was favourite for the Great Yorkshire and also the Mildmay of Fleet at the Festival in my first season. He was a lovely chaser who took the odd liberty at his fences.
Two flat horses who were also important to us were Cashew and Laazim Afooz. Cashew was kindly sent to me by Lord and Lady Vestey at the beginning of my career and despite not having the best confirmation, she won for us at Sandown before going on to be a wonderful broodmare breeding a Royal Ascot winner with her first foal and several expensive yearling colts after this.
Laazim Afooz was a homebred of Sheikh Ahmed al Maktoum and won for us on the flat before being syndicated and winning many times over hurdles and fences in a long career, despite being the size of a pony.
However although they made the shortlist, it was a horse called Time Won’t Wait that made a huge impact on my racing life. Having won a point-to-point in Ireland, we purchased him at Doncaster sales as a four-year-old and once discovering he loved top of the ground, he won twelve races for us and was placed numerous times
A quirky character with a great cruising speed, he took us to Cheltenham and Aintree Festivals year after year. He was owned by great friends, many of whom I performed with in the local Old Berks Hunt pantomime. I rode him out most days and understood him better than anyone. ‘Tim’ has very much influenced my racing life.