Western Ryder & Sandhurst Lad
Last week WESTERN RYDER stormed into the winner’s enclosure in impressive form in the 2-mile Novice Hurdle at Chepstow under Dickie Johnson. The mistake made on his first run when he jinked and unbalanced Dickie causing an unseat was very much rectified with a faultless round of jumping. They tracked the leaders until four out when they took the lead and WESTERN RYDER stayed on strongly to win by three lengths from a nice horse of Colin Tizzard’s. It is great to get a win over obstacles under this impressive horse’s belt after his brilliant bumper season last year. We are delighted for his owner’s The Albatross Club and Bryan Drew & friends, and we can’t wait to get this fantastic horse back on to the racetrack again and show the world how good he is.
Nigel & Barabra Collison’s SANDHURST LAD put in a seriously tough performance to win the 2m4f Hurdle at Plumpton under Adam Elias. He was ridden handy until after the last when Adam saw a gap and pushed him home up the hill. Amazingly SANDHURST LAD was still a maiden before this run having come close a few times in his career. This was Adam’s first ride over jumps in England as he has come from Slovakia where he was a conditional jockey. It is fantastic for him to make his initial ride a winning one and hopefully he can keep up the good work. SANDHURST LAD will look to run again soon in another handicap and his owners should a lot more fun with him in the future.
Employee of the Month
On Tuesday the yard went on their monthly group trip to Lazer Quest in Swindon. After this we had our Spillers Employee Of The Month Award. This was presented to Amy Deans this month who on top of being a very dedicated and hard worker every day, she also put in a fantastic effort on the way back from Aintree a few weeks ago. When a couple of the horses were panicking in the back of the lorry she got into their compartment and stood with them to keep them calm the whole way home from Liverpool.
Role at WGR: Second Travelling Head Girl
Previous work before WGR: Oliver Sherwood
Hobbies outside of racing: Watching Netflix and reading
Favourite horse in the yard: FLEMENSKILL
Favourite horse in training: THE ORGANIST
Greatest racing moment: Leading up a Listed winner on my 21st and Oliver Sherwood winning the National
What would be your dream job outside of racing: Personal Trainer