The statistics tell the story as Jeremy Scott, who trains at Brompton Regis 1,000 feet above sea level on Exmoor, looks forward to the national hunt season getting going this autumn. Last season proved satisfying with the majority of the horses attaining at least one win, and prize money levels were up on the previous year.
“If you are involved in racehorse ownership winning races is the icing on the cake and it was lovely that so many of ours owners were able to experience that last season,” he said.
Ever jovial, Scott cuts a popular figure as he travels his horses up and down the country finding the best races for his team to help add to the pot of prize money.
But it is star hurdler Melodic Rendezvous’ consistent performances that have kept the trainer’s name in the headlines, and as he runs the rule over this season’s squad, he is ever hopeful that another of his caliber will be among them.
“He is quite an incredible horse and an absolute pleasure to have anything to do with. When he’s enjoying a canter and play around the farm, more or less anyone can ride him, but he knows when its time to work up the gallops and then its essential a work rider is on board, otherwise he’ll pull your arms out and you’ll end up the other side of Exmoor! If he retains his ability he has now dropped to a mark that we think he can win off and as usual he’ll needs soft ground before we’ll run him,” he said.
A team of 50 or so horses makes up this year’s string. Point-to-point recruits include Ellen’s Way, a beautifully bred mare who had two placed runs in point-to-points, and is penciled in for mares’ races, and Rescued Glory who last year won a maiden and a restricted
Bumpers horses ready to switch to hurdles include Speedalong, Tikkinthebox, Lady Longshot, and Island Rendezvous.
A fresh challenge over fences awaits Executive Prince, Jack Snipe, Day of Roses, and Kid Kalanisi. The improving Colmers Hill will continue chasing, while the handicappers Decimus, Ladfromhighworth, Moorlands George, Moorlands Jack, Notarfbad and Native Robin will also be seen this autumn.
Handicap hurdlers include Shoofly Milly, Blue April, Threebarmymen and Unison who gave Jeremy his first flat success this summer and the consistent Miss Serious will continue to be campaigned over fences.
There are several newcomers including an unnamed four-year-old by Broadway Flyer, a half brother to Josh’s Dreamway and Hot Tottie by Olden Times, and a four year old by Tobougg.
“We have plenty of youngsters for sale that we have purchased this summer. We also have three-year-old geldings by Shantou, Fracas and Kalanisi that have been broken in by Neil and Kerri Harris. There are other options too for owners looking to buy. We have one share left in a five-year-old half-brother to Notarfbad who is a lovely horse with huge potential and ready to kick on this autumn, there are two shares remaining in him,” said Jeremy.
In charge of the point-to-pointers is Jeremy’s wife Camilla and among the horses she will be training is Empiracle who is much admired but troubled with injury. “He’s back in work after two years on the side lines and we will take each day as it comes and see what happens. He still remains a class horse and it would be fantastic to get him back on course,” said Camilla.
Also among the point-to-pointers are Guerilla Tactics, who won a maiden and was placed in his restricted last season, Lanta’s Legacy, Manofmanywords, Southern Kate and Tree Sparrow.
Asked to pick out a horse to follow, Jeremy selected Billy Two Tongues, described as a lovely horse to have in the yard and one of the most improved. There was also a nod to Seeanythingyoulike who will return to the fray in the spring.