Racehorse trainer Jeremy Scott has a handful of horses for the forthcoming summer months and the Exmoor-based trainer is hopeful the yard’s rich vein of form will continue.
Two months into the new season he has already saddled six winners and on Wednesday the yard’s Racing Club horse The Snappy Poet, sounded the trumpet for the high days of summer after a superb win at Worcester following 612 days on the sidelines with Matt Griffiths in the saddle.
“That was a particularly pleasing result,” said the trainer of the gelding whose angelic looks disguise a ferocious bite. “He actually bit my daughter Laura’s foot while she was riding him on Tuesday,” he added.
A first foray into Flat racing is on the cards too and Unison, whose defeat at Worcester in a handicap hurdle was due to bad luck in running, will carry the Holworthy Farm flag as team Scott venture forth to enjoy the more glamorous side of racing. “After all the mud and rain that comes with winter jump racing, we’re looking forward to a few days on the Flat and Unison could be well handicapped based on how well he’s done over hurdles. It will be nice to enjoy some days at tracks we wouldn’t otherwise go to and it’ll be a fun experience,” said Scott who has several other horses keeping staff busy over the summer months.
On The Bridge and Notarfbad, two stable stalwarts who have added their fair share of prize money to the Holworthy Farm pot, will be campaigned this summer.
While the former is not considered to be particularly well handicapped in chases or hurdles, he always runs to his merits and Notarfbad heads North to Perth for a handicap chase. “He won the listed Lord Mildmay Memorial Handicap Chase at Newton Abbot in August 2014 and if we’ve got him back to that level we’re hopeful he will run well,” said Scott.
Fast ground that is the expected going during the summer, is the key to several of his runners including Best Boy Barney who will run off a mark of 112 and brings some good hunter chase form with him. “He looks reasonably well handicapped as he has dropped 12lb and if he brings his best form he should go well,” said Scott.
The homebred Popping Along, who won a handicap hurdle at Aintree in May, and then found the ground too soft a month later, is another who needs quick ground and two and a half mile races will be the target.
Jack Snipe is an improving horse that will graduate to fences soon for a novice handicap chase, the same aim for Miss Serious who has won three times over hurdles. A novice handicap hurdle is the aim for the improving Executive Prince.
Billy Two Tongues has won both his starts over fences and is now having a breaking before returning to action at the end of July for a later summer early autumn campaign.
“We acquired him after he won at Wetherby in January 2015. He ran once and then had a long break which meant he came back a much stronger horse and it did him the world of good. He’ll have a harder task next time off a mark of 118 but I am so pleased with him as he jumps so well and goes about the job so beautifully,” said Scott.
The eight-year-old Moorlands George has proved a fine servant for his owner Lynda Williams, adding a second at Uttoxeter on Thursday to his win and place prize money despite running on ground softer than ideal. His win at Bangor in May put him up another 9lb and there will be other opportunities once the ground dries up.
Moorlands Jack is good heart and he’ll run as soon as the right race on the right ground can be found.
Decimus, another fine servant for the yard, has had in and out form since slipping over in the car park on a racetrack, having fallen at the first fence. “We’ve struggled to get him right since then but we’re hopeful we are there will him now and he’ll run over hurdles,” said Scott.
Several spending sprees to the sales have resulted in new additions to the yard that will be started during the summer. “We have a lovely set of nice young horse, some of which are looking for new owners. It’s a great experience getting involved with our yard as we do have a lot of fun,” said Scott.