Merry Christmas From Warren Greatrex Racing
THE NIPPER put in a gutsy performance to win the Mares’ Novice Chase at Exeter on Thursday in some testing conditions. She was ridden by Richard Johnson who made the running of the 2m1f race until headed three out by Casablanca Mix, the favourite trained by Nicky Henderson. She tracked her to the last where Casablanca Mix failed her landing gear and fell to the ground. This left THE NIPPER in front and showed that the champion jockey had judged the pace on the taxing ground correctly. She then battled hard to fend off a late challenge from David Pipe’s Shaama Grise to come out on top. Although in each of her previous starts she has been in the frame every time, this is the first win for THE NIPPER over fences. As she had such strong hurdling form it is great that she can get the victory under her belt and hopefully there are more to come. She jumped fantastically well throughout and even made The Racing Post where she is photographed winging the first!
DON DES FOSSES
On Friday DON DES FOSSES showed an almighty round on his first start under rules. He came to us having won one point-to-point and that form has transferred on to the track winning the bumper at Uttoxeter in what looked to be a competitive field. He made all of the running in the hands of Gavin Sheehan on some very soft ground. He stayed on exceptionally well and, when asked, found more on the run in. DON DES FOSSES is a lovely big chasing type and is a brilliant prospect. He will stay in bumpers for his next few runs and he will most certainly give his owners Mr and Mrs Gibbons some great times in the future.
Role at WGR: Rider
Previous work before WGR: Polly Gundry, Jack Barber and Jeremy Scott
Hobbies outside of racing: Hunting, Swimming and Surfing
Favourite horse in the yard: SHANTOU BOB
Favourite horse in training: SMAD PLACE
Greatest racing moment: Having my first ride pointing
What would be your dream job outside of racing: Explorer
NTF Lycetts Team Champion Award
We are very proud to announce that we have been nominated for the Lycetts Team Champion Award. This is a competition against all trainers in the country which celebrates the racehorse training yards that have developed a strong team ethos through the highest standards of staff management and safe working practices.
Warren Greatrex Racing made it into the final four of trainers of 40 horses plus.
On Friday, INDIAN HERCULES showed he was in the Christmas spirit by burying our own Media Manager on his walk back from the gallop. Dougie had to get off of INDIAN HERCULES due to a call of nature. However, when Dougie went to get back on he decided to rear, headbutt him and then buck him off. They are both absolutely fine except for a nice black eye, some damaged pride and a large cleaning bill!