Double Trouble For KEEPER HILL & NORTH STAR OSCAR

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KEEPER HILL 

On Saturday we had a fantastic double across two cards. The first winner being the ever game KEEPER HILL in the 2m5f graduation chase at Haydock Park. He was piloted by The McNeill Family’s retained jockey Adrian Heskin who did a fantastic job steering him around the Northern track after blundering one fence and losing an iron later on, but this did not alter either of their confidences and they rallied brilliantly well on the run into battle it out up the home straight and win by half a length. It was an amazing run from this talented horse who was the outsider of the betting and has struggled with confidence in the past over fences, but that was not apparent on Saturday and hopefully it is now onwards and upwards for this star of our yard.

NORTH STAR OSCAR 

The next winner of the day came an hour and a half later at Huntingdon. This time NORTH STAR OSCAR galloped his way into the Winners’ Enclosure for the third time in his current campaign. He stepped up to 3m1f and looked to do this comfortably, winning by an eased three and a half lengths. Harry Teal took the ride in the conditional jockeys’ race and they cruised patiently at the rear of the pack, until cutting through into lead two out and galloping strongly home. This is NORTH STAR OSCAR‘s third win in six months and he is loving the game. He bounced out of his box yesterday, so we have declared him to run again today at Ludlow at his current handicap mark. Hopefully he has what it takes to get back on the podium.

Staff Profile

Luke Highams

Age: 20

Nationality: British

Role at WGR: Racing Groom

Previous work before WGR: Patrick Chamings

Hobbies outside of racing: Music

Favourite horse at WGR: Another Emotion

Favourite horse in training: Tiger Roll

Greatest racing moment: Missed Approach winning at the Cheltenham Festival

Dream job outside of racing: Dog Trainer

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