“Local Hero” wins at Doncaster in the colours of Phil Martin – ridden by A P McCoy
“Laterly” annihilates the opposition at Huntingdon under Rhys Flint
All smiles including “Local Hero” with A P McCoy –
groom Sarah Thomas with owner Phil Martin
“Shakey” & “Dessie”
Royal Shakespeare & Dessert Orchid parade at Sandown Park
A young and fresh faced Steve & Jayne with “In Truth” (Ginge) The Winner of The Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Trophy at the Cheltenham Festival 1998.
He was a winner over all codes and also second in the Great Yorkshire Chase.
The evergreen “Ginge” retired sound and still enjoys his life at Highfield.
Owned by Elaine Houlton.
The wonderfully tough and admirable “Springfield Scally” (G. Lee) powers to victory at Chepstow. The winner of 9 races and countless placed efforts, “Scally” won over 100k in prize money. One of the most genuine horses it is possible to train. He retired sound.
Owned and bred by Margaret Hall.
Plans have been finalised with AP (McCoy) and I nervously go to leg him up.
A P McCoy makes his way on to the track.
Its all over! “Local Hero” has won the 2011 Grade 2 Finesse Hurdle. Slightly relieved we soak up the Cheltenham atmosphere!
Whilst I talk to the press / television etc, Jayne gives the splendid “Local Hero” a deserved pat!
Groom Sarah Thomas.