Small training yards across the region are stretched when sending runners as this takes staff away from the morning's work and puts more upon those left behind. These tasks are part of the accepted routine of a racing yard, and easier to accommodate when the horses are running well.
So you can imagine the mood will be pretty chipper in Westbury-on-Severn this afternoon and for the rest of this week after a rare double for the dual-purpose yard of Adrian Wintle after a double at Newton Abbot and Bath today.
Hurdler Espinator has already done the yard proud this year, with 3 wins and four placed efforts from seven starts since April 1st, and she notched her second victory this month in the Racing Partnership Novices Handicap Hurdle at showery Newton Abbot's meeting today, winning by 8 1/2l. There's more to come from this game 7 year old.
Eighty minutes later, and 111 miles north-east at Bath, Blue Hero followed up his course win of a fortnight ago in a mile handicap; that's also two from two in September. The same stable's Kenstone finished runner-up in the first division of an identical race 30 minutes earlier.
The Wintle team is in flying form presently. The last 6 runners have finished no worse than third, so autumn conditions clearly suit all.
And they make evening stables a great deal less arduous when short-handed!
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