I am delighted to be able to write for Betfan, giving you the reader an insight into life in a fledgling trainer’s yard. We’ll also be flagging up any horses we spot that might be worth putting in your notebook.
First you’d best know bit more about us…
On a quiet Tuesday afternoon the racing world took notice of our training operation. At 14-1 Spin Again stormed home to notch us our first winner, just our second runner. That was the beginning of our first season and our little band of cast offs have done us proud, mostly horses that had totally lost their way with other trainers, we have managed to get some sort of form out of most of them, often at a big price. There have been highs and lows and every day is a challenge but my wife, Claire and I are glad we took the plunge and set out on our own.
We are very much a team, based at Whitsbury Manor, once home to the mighty Desert Orchid and more recently Oaks heroine Look Here. The outstanding gallops are amongst the best in the country. Claire is a fully qualified accountant who swapped the city life to return to her roots on her family’s stud farm. She has worked for leading bloodstock agent John Warren, racing advisor to the Queen and purchaser of champions such as Harbinger. She worked for several trainers including a year as assistant to Jeremy Noseda. I have been fortunate to have worked all over the world for some outstanding trainers, from the master french duel purpose trainer Francois Doumen to Gai Waterhouse down under. I was fortunate to be assistant to Sir Henry Cecil’s nephew Ben a leading trainer in California who specialises almost exclusively in training stakes fillies, however it is the master of Beckhampton, Roger Charlton that I owe the most three years under his tutelage taught me plenty about training horse but also about life!
Now to kick you off we ran a horse at Wolverhampton in a race that was taken by a Sir Mark Prescott horse who looks very well handicapped and should have no trouble following up off a new mark just four pounds higher than he won off last week – Mutual Regard. On Friday we gave one of our two year olds her first run at Newbury, more to gain experience than anything else. The atrocious ground didn’t suit her but she’ll have learned plenty under an educational ride from Eddie Ahern. The second division of the maiden was won by Fort Knox, a full brother to Dubai Gold, he won comfortably and his gorgeous action suggested he would be even better on quicker ground and he looks one to follow if he reappears this season. It wouldn’t surprise me though if he was aimed at the Greenham back at Newbury next season, a race trainer Richard Hannon invariably has a live contender in. To find out more about us have a look at our website, www.kublerracing.com, follow us on twitter @KublerRacing or like us on Facebook.
Back next Sunday.