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Stable Talk with Sophie Leech: £2 million coup nothing to do with us!

By The Citizen  |  Posted: January 23, 2014

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We gained our 12th winner of the season with Seven Summits winning at Catterick.

He was confidently ridden by our regular jockey Paul Moloney and took up the running after the last hurdle before pulling away to win by a length and a half.

He has always been a talented horse who has been beset with problems, thus this was only his fourth run in the past two and a half years.

He had run well on his last start at Fontwell so it was not too much of a surprise.

He ended up having a hard race the other day so he will not run again too soon, but he should continue to be competitive in low grade handicap hurdles.

He was seemingly part of a nationwide gamble involving four horses, all of which won.

Bookmakers losses are reputed to have lost around £2 million.

This has to be taken with a pinch of salt as bookmakers are notorious for playing up their losses and doing the opposite when they win.

All I can say is that sadly none of the £2 million will be making its way to Tudor Racing Stables as the gamble was nothing to do with us or any of our owners!

We continue to be incredibly wet here with the gallop struggling to take the amount of rain it has had thrown at it.

As mentioned previously, this has necessitated the vast majority of our string having a quiet time and therefore runners over the next few weeks will be few and far between.

We are heading into the final quarter of our season and with the winner at Catterick we are in exactly the same position winners-wise as we were this time last year.

The tally of 12 winners and £73,000 in prize money sees us lying 64th in the jumps trainers table, which is a little behind where we hoped we would be.

However, we are on course to match and even beat last year’s total, which was our best season so there is a steady progression.

We still have a lot of horses to run before the end of the season including the likes of the very talented Anteros, Olympian Boy and, crossing everything and touching wood, even the reappearance of our stable star Silmi.

He was bought in the summer of 2007 for £9,000, after which he went on to win five races and over £60,000 in prize-money.

He gave us our biggest-ever day when winning the 2010 Listed Prelude Chase at Market Rasen which was worth over £28,000 to the winner.

Sadly, since that day he has only been able to run twice and has not run since the Grand National meeting in 2011.

He has had a catalogue of problems including tendon and suspensory issues since and we have twice aborted attempted comebacks.

He is in full training again now and it is case of so far so good.

He is very special horse because he was my first-ever runner as a trainer when he finished second at Cheltenham in October 2007.

If all goes well we hope to have him back on a racecourse in March and reward the patience of his owners Carl Leech and Joe O’Brien.

It was great to see Frankie Dettori come back with a double at Lingfield on Wednesday on his first rides back since breaking an ankle last October.

He is a world-class jockey with charisma to match and his return is a real boost to everyone in the sport.

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