Robin Goodfellow’s Racing Tips: Best bets for Thursday, October 29


Robin Goodfellow’s Racing Tips: Best bets for Thursday, October 29

Sportsmail’s racing expert Robin Goodfellow dishes out his tips for Thursday’s meetings at Newton Abbott, Southwell, Stratford, Chelmsford City and Lingfield. 

Sportsmail’s racing expert Robin Goodfellow dishes out his tips for Thursday’s meetings

NEWTON ABBOTT

ROBIN GOODFELLOW 

1.28 Memphis Bell (nb)

1.58 Mille Sussurri

2.28 Meteier

2.58 Jack Valentine

3.28 Momella

3.58 Jurys Out

4.28 Gericault Roque

GIMCRACK  

1.28 Royal Claret

1.58 Sastruga

2.28 Majestic Merlin

2.58 Russian Exile

3.28 Night Of Sin

3.58 Jurys Out

4.28 Bucko’s Boy

SOUTHWELL

ROBIN GOODFELLOW 

4.45 Gorgeous General

5.15 Amadeus Grey

5.45 Barbaroma

6.15 Exalted Angel

6.45 Son Of Red

7.15 May The Sixth

7.45 Sweet Angel

GIMCRACK   

4.45 Worden Park

5.15 Makyon

5.45 Barbaroma

6.15 Exalted Angel

6.45 Mr Carbonator

7.15 May The Sixth

7.45 Curtiz

NORTHERNER – 6.15 Exalted Angel (nap); 6.45 Mr Carbonator (nb).

STRATFORD

ROBIN GOODFELLOW 

12.35 Sandymount Rose

1.06 Harry Senior

1.36 Larch Hill

2.06 Templehills

2.36 Galice Macalo

3.06 Champagne Superover

3.36 Jean Genie

4.06 Soyouthinksoagain (nap)

GIMCRACK  

12.35 A Perfect Gift

1.06 Harry Senior

1.36 Skeaping

2.06 Dustin Des Mottes

2.36 Galan Des Planches

3.06 Champagnesuperover

3.36 Cougar’s Gold

4.06 No Thanks

CHELMSFORD CITY

ROBIN GOODFELLOW 

5.00 Indian Pursuit

5.30 Dancing Rave

6.00 Eagle Creek

6.30 Lady Morpheus

7.00 Rockesbury

7.30 Mars Landing

8.00 Pax Britannica

8.30 Bright Start

GIMCRACK  

5.00 Solar Park

5.30 Dancing Rave

6.00 Asdaa

6.30 Lady Morpheus

7.00 Nightswimming

7.30 Mars Landing

8.00 Bird To Love

8.30 La Dragontea

LINGFIELD

ROBIN GOODFELLOW 

12.45 Fame N Fortune

1.15 She’s A Lion

1.45 Allegranza

2.15 Ghalyoon

2.45 Cloak Of Spirits

3.15 Tadrreb

3.45 Elizabethofaragon

4.15 Jack Ryan

GIMCRACK  

12.45 Agent Of Fortune

1.15 She’s A Lion

1.45 Invite

2.15 Huraiz

2.45 Cloak Of Spirits (nap)

3.15 Waltzing

3.45 Sorrel (nb)

4.15 Azets

NEWMARKET – 3.15 Jacinth (nap); 3.45 Sorrel (nb).



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Paul Nicholls’ stable star Topofthegame still on target to return to action next month at Newbury


Paul Nicholls’ stable star Topofthegame still on target to return to action next month in the Ladbrokes Trophy at Newbury

  • Topofthegame remains on target to return to action in the Ladbrokes Trophy
  • The 2019 RSA Chase winner missed last term after sustaining a leg injury
  • De Rasher Counter seeking to be first back-to-back winner of race since Arkle

Topofthegame remains on target to return to action in the Ladbrokes Trophy at Newbury on November 28.

Paul Nicholls’ charge won the RSA Chase at the 2019 Cheltenham Festival before finishing second at Aintree in April that year, but he missed last term after sustaining a leg injury.

Despite the financial constraints currently prevalent due to the pandemic, the race is being run at a value of £200,000 and 39 horses have been entered.

Paul Nicholls’ charge Topofthegame (right) missed last term after sustaining a leg injury

‘We remain on target with Topofthegame, with the plan to go straight for the Ladbrokes Trophy,’ said Nicholls.

‘We’ll probably take advantage of the invitation to gallop him at Newbury in mid-November as part of their official gallops morning.

‘The prize-money on offer for the big race and across the two days is very good considering the current climate.’

Last year’s winner De Rasher Counter, trained by Emma Lavelle, will be aiming to become the first back-to-back winner of the race since Arkle.

‘De Rasher had a nice warm-up when coming second off top weight in a handicap hurdle at Newton Abbot a couple of weeks ago, which was a little earlier than we had originally planned,’ said Lavelle.

‘We are looking forward to running him again in the Ladbrokes Trophy, as well as Paisley Park, who will make his seasonal appearance in the Ladbrokes Long Distance Hurdle on the Friday.

‘The whole weekend last year was quite amazing and all being well, both horses will be back defending their titles in just a few weeks’ time.’

Colin Tizzard’s Copperhead is second favourite behind Topofthegame, who heads the sponsor’s betting at 5-1.

Kim Bailey’s pair of Imperial Aura and Vinndication are prominent with The Conditional, Black Op and Kildisart others to note. There are no Irish-trained entries for the race.

Meanwhile, Latest Exhibition looked an exciting staying prospect when making a successful debut over fences in the Bet 10 Get 10 Betdaq Virtuals Beginners Chase at Punchestown on Wednesday.

A Grade One-winning novice hurdler and runner-up in the Albert Bartlett on his final start last term, Paul Nolan’s seven-year-old promises to go a long way over the bigger obstacles.

His jumping may have been sketchy in the early stages, but Latest Exhibition warmed to the task as the race developed.

Taking closer order after four out under Bryan Cooper, the 6-5 favourite led approaching the final fence and went on to beat School Boy Hours by two lengths.

The winner appeared to interfere with the second on the run-in, but the places were allowed to stand following a stewards’ inquiry.

‘I’m relieved. It’s our best horse and I wasn’t nervous about winning, I was nervous about a clean, safe round of jumping,’ said James Nolan, assistant to his brother.

‘Bryan had been thrilled with his schooling at home and said he jumps like a two-miler and is very fast through the air. It didn’t suit early in the race that it was a bit like a handicap and Bryan just started schooling him then.

‘He was delighted with him thereafter and to be honest, if he went around with an ass he’d only just do that and only does what he has to.’

The Grade Two Florida Pearl Chase back at Punchestown next month could be Latest Exhibition’s next port of call.

‘We’ll be trying to avoid Envoi Allen and he might come back here in 18 days’ time for the Florida Pearl Chase,’ said Nolan.

Latest Exhibition was cut to 10-1 from 14s for the RSA Chase at the Cheltenham Festival.



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Robin Goodfellow’s Racing Tips: Best bets for Wednesday, October 28


Robin Goodfellow’s Racing Tips: Best bets for Wednesday, October 28

Sportsmail’s racing expert Robin Goodfellow dishes out his tips for Wednesday’s meetings at Bangor-on-dee, Catterick, Chepstow and Southwell. 

Sportsmail’s racing expert Robin Goodfellow dishes out his tips for Wednesday’s meetings

FAKENHAM

ROBIN GOODFELLOW 

1.02 Plenty In The Tank

1.32 Wicked Willy

2.02 Volkovka

2.32 Stubborn Logic

3.02 Mick Pastor

3.32 Glorious Dane

4.02 Harrowby

GIMCRACK  

1.02 Plenty In The Tank

1.32 Princeton Royale

2.02 Isayalittleprayer

2.32 Vinnie’s Getaway

3.02 Gaelik Coast

3.32 Glimpse Of Gold

4.02 Sun Rising Hill

NOTTINGHAM

ROBIN GOODFELLOW 

12.45 King Francis

1.15 Espresso Freddo

1.50 HEY MR (nap)

2.20 Show Palace (nb)

2.50 Multellie

3.20 Cadeau D’Or

3.50 Seaborough

4.20 Contrast

GIMCRACK    

12.45 King Francis

1.15 Espresso Freddo

1.50 Hey Mr

2.20 Rasheeq

2.50 Land Of Winter

3.20 Cadeau D’or

3.50 Seaborough

4.20 Contrast

NORTHERNER – 1.50 Imperium Blue (nb); 2.20 Afandem (nap).

TAUNTON

ROBIN GOODFELLOW 

1.40 Espressino

2.10 Isolate

2.40 Agincourt Reef

3.10 Andaleep

3.40 Bathiva

4.10 Vice Et Vertu

4.40 Karlie

GIMCRACK  

1.40 Level Of Intensity

2.10 Glory And Honour

2.40 Bomber’s Moon

3.10 Friend Or Foe

3.40 Bathiva (nap)

4.10 Earth Leader (nb)

4.40 My Keepsake

KEMPTON

ROBIN GOODFELLOW 

4.15 Excellent George

4.45 Lynns Boy

5.15 Sharsted

5.45 Capriolette

6.15 Prize Fighting

6.45 Frozen Ocean

7.15 Indigo Times

7.45 Almighwar

8.15 Sincerity

GIMCRACK  

4.15 Excellent George

4.45 Toptime

5.15 Magical Mile

5.45 Capriolette

6.15 Prize Fighting

6.45 Frozen Ocean

7.15 Indigo Times

7.45 Almighwar

8.15 Sincerity

NEWMARKET – 6.45 Frozen Ocean (nap); 7.45 Almighwar (nb).



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Nicholls to make decision on whether Cyrname runs at Ascot or Wetherby on Thursday


Trainer Paul Nicholls to make decision on whether Cyrname runs at Ascot or Wetherby on Thursday

  • Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby had seemed the gelding’s definite target 
  • The Sodexho Gold Cup is also tempting due to his good record at Ascot
  • Nicholls will now delay his decision until declaration time on Thursday

Trainer Paul Nicholls will now delay his decision on whether Cyrname runs at Ascot or Wetherby on Saturday until declaration time on Thursday.

The Charlie Hall Chase at the West Yorkshire track had seemed the gelding’s definite target — and it still appears to have the edge.

But Nicholls said carrying top weight — Cyrname would have to give 15lb plus to his opponents — in the more valuable Sodexho Gold Cup at Ascot is also tempting given Cyrname’s good record at the Berkshire track.

Paul Nicholls will now delay his decision on Cyrname until declaration time on Thursday

Nicholls said: ‘I want to see what the ground is like at both tracks and have a little look and think.

‘Ascot is a valuable prize and Cyrname has always gone well there. He has a big weight but if he does run a lot of the others maybe won’t because they will be out of the handicap. It is an option worth considering.

‘The weight at Wetherby is a bit different but with Ballyoptic in there it will be an end-to-end gallop. Neither race will be a cake walk.

‘It is a bit of a headache but I want to run my horses in the right races and have a nice back-up in the Charlie Hall in Black Corton.’

Entries for the next week’s Breeders’ Cup are unveiled on Wednesday. Aidan O’Brien should have at least eight runners headed by Magical and Mogul in the mile and a half Turf, a race he has won six times.

Others in the O’Brien team bound for Keeneland in Kentucky include Circus Maximus and Lope Y Fernandez (Mile) and Battleground (Juvenile Turf).

Champion jockey Oisin Murphy, 25, rode his 1,000th winner in Britain on Perfect Sign at Southwell yesterday.

Meanwhile, the importance and future of the on-course betting market has been dealt a blow with news that Ladbrokes and Coral are to depart the arena after their 106 pitches in Britain and Ireland were sold by parent company GVC.



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Robin Goodfellow’s Racing Tips: Best bets for Tuesday, October 27 


Robin Goodfellow’s Racing Tips: Best bets for Tuesday, October 27

Sportsmail’s racing expert Robin Goodfellow dishes out his tips for Tuesday’s meetings at Bangor-on-dee, Catterick, Chepstow and Southwell. 

Sportsmail’s racing expert Robin Goodfellow dishes out his tips for Tuesday’s meetings

Bangor-on-dee 

ROBIN GOODFELLOW 

12.30 Madera Mist

1.00 Jermima P

1.30 Arcade Attraction

2.00 Good Boy Bobby

2.35 Percy’s Word

3.05 Wazowski

3.40 Cathal’s Star

4.15 Methusalar

GIMCRACK  

12.30 Black Lightning

1.00 Eau Top

1.30 Miss Amelia

2.00 Good Boy Bobby (nap)

2.35 Percy’s Word

3.05 Wazowski

3.40 Cathal’s Star

4.15 Jay Jay Reilly

 Catterick

ROBIN GOODFELLOW 

12.40 Miss Nay Never

1.10 Amelia R

1.40 Rich Belief

2.10 Grace And Virtue

2.45 Main Fact

3.15 Redrosezorro (nb)

3.50 B Fifty Two

4.25 Carlovian

GIMCRACK    

12.40 Glinbury

1.10 Highjacked

1.40 Bolder Bob

2.10 Praxeology

2.45 Spycracker

3.15 Redrosezorro

3.50 B Fifty Two

4.25 Carlovian

 NORTHERNER – 2.10 Grace Abd Virtue (nap); 4.25 Carlovian (nb.)

 Chepstow 

ROBIN GOODFELLOW 

12.50 Grand Mogul

1.20 Everglow

1.50 Wayfinder

2.20 Galileo Silver

2.55 Malliana

3.25 Blackjack Kentucky

4.00 Chinwag

4.35 Stage Star

GIMCRACK  

12.50 Kaphumour

1.20 Balmuick

1.50 Wayfinder

2.20 Galileo Silver

2.55 Malliana

3.25 Doc Penfro (nb)

4.00 No Quarter Asked

4.35 Stage Star

 Southwell

ROBIN GOODFELLOW 

4.50 Puchita

5.20 Perfect Sign

5.50 Stone Mason

6.20 XCELENTE (nap)

6.50 Ivaquestion

7.20 Lover’s Moon

7.50 Thawry

GIMCRACK  

4.50 Puchita

5.20 Capia Dream

5.50 Hermocrates

6.20 World Title

6.50 Ivaquestion

7.20 Mountain Dreams

7.50 Sea Of Mystery 

NEWMARKET – 4.50 Global Hope (nb); 5.20 Black Sparrow (nap).



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Trainer Nigel Tinkler will have his first runner at the Breeders’ Cup


You bettabelieveit! Trainer Nigel Tinkler will have his first runner at the Breeders’ Cup as he takes one of the fastest two-year-olds around to Kentucky

  • Nigel Tinkler will have his first runner at the Breeders’ Cup a week on Friday
  • The trainer will run Ubettabelieveit in the Juvenile Turf Sprint at Keeneland
  • Ubettabelieveit is a promising star having won the National Stakes at Sandown
  • The two-year-old has also won the Flying Childers Stakes at Doncaster

Trainer Nigel Tinkler will have his first runner at the Breeders’ Cup a week on Friday when he runs Ubettabelieveit in the Juvenile Turf Sprint at Keeneland in Kentucky.

Ubettabelieveit has shown himself to be one of the fastest two-year-olds around with wins in the National Stakes at Sandown and the Flying Childers Stakes at Doncaster.

Owner Martin Webb will also stick by jockey Rowan Scott and hand him the opportunity to ride Ubettabelieveit at one of the world’s biggest meetings.

Trainer Nigel Tinkler will have his first runner at the Breeders’ Cup a week on Friday

Tinkler said: ‘There are not a lot of five-furlong races for three-year-olds next season, so more than likely he won’t race a lot next year so it was a no-brainer to give the Breeders’ Cup a flick.

‘He has not been trained hard or had a tough season. I am looking forward to it but also a bit apprehensive because you never know how they will travel, settle in and handle the track.

‘If we win, we will be chuffed and if we finish in the first four we will still be doing cartwheels.’

Entries for the Breeders’ Cup will be unveiled on Wednesday and, despite the obstacles presented by Covid-19, there is still expected to be a sizeable British contingent.

Tinkler will run Ubettabelieveit (above) in the Juvenile Turf Sprint at Keeneland in Kentucky

Tinkler will run Ubettabelieveit (above) in the Juvenile Turf Sprint at Keeneland in Kentucky

Andrew Balding’s (above) 2,000 Guineas winner Kameko will also attend the Breeders’ Cup

Andrew Balding’s (above) 2,000 Guineas winner Kameko will also attend the Breeders’ Cup

This includes Andrew Balding’s 2,000 Guineas winner Kameko, John Gosden-trained trio Lord North, Mehdaayih and Terebellum, Ralph Beckett’s Dewhurst Stakes fourth Devilwala and Royal Lodge Stakes winner New Mandate and James Fanshawe’s Prix Jean Romanet winner Audarya.

Also entered have been Kevin Ryan’s Glass Slippers, Charlie Hills-trained Equilateral, John Quinn’s Safe Voyage and William Haggas-trained One Master, the three-time winner of the Prix de Le Foret.

Meanwhile, Saturday’s Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby has attracted 20 entries headed by Paul Nicholls-trained Cyrname but also including Jedd O’Keeffe’s Sam Spinner.



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Robbie Power hopes to return THIS week after injuring knee in Aintree fall on Sunday


Grand National and Cheltenham Gold Cup-winning rider Robbie Power hopes to return THIS week after injuring knee in Aintree fall on Sunday

  • Jockey Robbie Power hopes to return to action in midweek after falling at Aintree
  • Power was stood down for the rest of the meeting after a fall from Vision Des Flos
  • He was brought to the stands by ambulance but walked into the weighing room
  • He said there is ‘lots of bruising’ to his knee but he should be fine this week 

Robbie Power hopes to return to action in midweek after hurting his knee in a fall at Aintree on Sunday.

The Grand National and Cheltenham Gold Cup-winning rider was stood down for the rest of the meeting after a heavy fall from Vision Des Flos at the second fence in the Every Race Live On Racing TV Veterans’ Handicap Chase.

He walked gingerly into the weighing room after being brought back to the stands by ambulance.

Jockey Robbie Power hopes to return to action in midweek after falling at Aintree on Sunday

‘I’m fine. I’ve just got a bit of soft-tissue damage in my knee, but it feels all right,’ said Power.

‘I’ve got plenty of movement in it, just plenty of bruising. Hopefully, it will be fine in a couple of days or so.

‘I’ll see what I’m like in the morning, but hopefully it’s not too bad and I’ll be back in midweek.’



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Paul Nicholls has high hopes for Cyrname’s return after Frodon’s victory at Cheltenham


Paul Nicholls has high hopes for Cyrname’s return in Charlie Hall Chase after Frodon takes victory on his seasonal debut at Cheltenham

  • Frodon took victory in Cheltenham on Saturday on his seasonal debut 
  • Paul Nicholls says Cyrname is in good shape ahead of Charlie Hall Chase
  • It will be another shot to see how Cyrname can cope over the three miles 

Trainer Paul Nicholls says the victory of Frodon on his seasonal debut at Cheltenham on Saturday is a good omen ahead of Cyrname’s return in the Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby next weekend.

Cyrname started last season with a bang when beating Altior at Ascot but that effort took its toll and he was subsequently second to stablemate Clan Des Obeaux on his first try at three miles in the King George VI Chase.

The Charlie Hall Chase will be another shot at seeing how Cyrname copes with three miles.

Paul Nicholls say Frodon’s victory on Saturday is a good omen for Cyrname in Wetherby

The Charlie Hall Chase will again test Cyrname, ridden here by Harry Cobden, over three miles

The Charlie Hall Chase will again test Cyrname, ridden here by Harry Cobden, over three miles 

Nicholls said: ‘I think there is plenty more to come from Frodon. It’s the same with Cyrname. I don’t think he was right on the day he ran in the King George. 

‘He had that hard race against Altior and it set him back. He is in good shape now.’

Nicholls has earmarked an ambitious tilt at the Cheltenham Gold Cup with Frodon after he made it six wins at Cheltenham under jockey Bryony Frost.



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Robin Goodfellow’s Racing Tips: Best bets for Monday, October 26 


Robin Goodfellow’s Racing Tips: Best bets for Monday, October 26

Sportsmail’s racing expert Robin Goodfellow dishes out his tips for Monday’s meetings at Leicester, Ayr, Newcastle and Redcar.

Robin Goodfellow’s tips for Monday’s meetings at Leicester, Ayr, Newcastle and Redcar

LEICESTER 

ROBIN GOODFELLOW 

12.20 Bagara

12.50 Aldaary

1.25 Rhode Island Girl

2.00 Win O’Clock

2.35 Dashing Roger

3.10 Song of The Isles

3.45 James Park Woods

4.20 INNER CIRCLE (nap)

GIMCRACK  

12.20 Sky Blue Thinking

12.50 ALDAARY (nap)

1.25 Decadent

2.00 Win O’Clock (nb)

2.35 Ascension

3.10 Tagovailoa

3.45 Eponina

4.20 Voltaic

AYR

ROBIN GOODFELLOW 

12.30 Whiskey Lullaby

1.05 Do Your Job

1.40 Beat Box

2.15 Joie De Vivre

2.50 Walkin In The Rain

3.25 First One D’Ana

4.00 Fly By Milan

GIMCRACK   

12.30 Lady Bowes

1.05 Confirmation Bias

1.40 Stop Talking

2.15 Joie De Vivre

2.50 Costly Dream

3.25 Old Jewry

4.00 Freezing Point

NEWCASTLE 

ROBIN GOODFELLOW 

3.20 Utile

3.55 George Ridsdale

4.30 Stittenham Wood

5.00 Manassas

5.30 Kind Review

6.00 Traveller

6.30 Imperial Butterfly

7.00 Party Rebel

7.30 Great Colaci

GIMCRACK 

3.20 Amtiyaz

3.55 Zabeel Star

4.30 Corked

5.00 Rebel’s Romance

5.30 Duke Of Firenze

6.00 Nat Love

6.30 Dark Zeas

7.00 Daphne May

7.30 Gumra

NORTHERNER – 3.55 George Riddle (nb); 4.30 G FOR GABRIAL (nap).

REDCAR 

ROBIN GOODFELLOW

12.10 Finoah

12.40 Soapy Stevens

1.15 Young Fire

1.50 Troll Peninsula

2.25 Fleetwood Pier

3.00 Lexington Bullet

3.35 Vivacious Boy

4.10 Dirchill (nb)

GIMCRACK  

12.10 Mount Ararat

12.40 Mahomes

1.15 Global Spirit

1.50 Troll Peninsula

2.25 Bravado

3.00 Lexington Bullet

3.35 Bomb Squad

4.10 Wots The Wifi Code

NEWMARKET – 12.40 MAHOMES (nap); 1.50 Troll Peninsula (nb). 



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Sheila Lewis reveals how she balances being a successful jumps trainer with running a beauty salon


‘I’m out with the horses then I have to get my act together for the salon’: Sheila Lewis reveals how she balances being a successful jumps trainer with running a beauty salon

  • In the last two weeks all five runners that Sheila Lewis has saddled have won
  • Sheila had previously only trained five winners in the past four seasons 
  • Her only help running the stables is 18-year-old amateur jockey Katie Powell 
  • Sheila has balanced training horses and running a beauty salon for five years

The hottest jumps trainer in the country right now is not one of the familiar big-name operators but a woman who has only eight horses in training in her stable in Wales.

In the last two weeks all five runners that Sheila Lewis has saddled have won. Her seasonal tally is seven wins from 32 runners, a strike rate of 32 per cent.

That becomes an even more remarkable achievement when you consider Lewis had trained only five winners in the previous four seasons as she juggled her training career alongside running a beauty salon which means shortly after riding out she can be administering a spray tan.

In the last two weeks all five runners that Jumps trainer Sheila Lewis has saddled have won 

Lewis, 52, who trains in the village of Three Cocks, five miles from Hay-on-Wye and 10 from Brecon, might not have finished yet.

Cotton End, Straw Fan Jack and Knight Commander, who all won at her local track Hereford on October 13 as Lewis landed an 1,182-1 treble, are all due to run again next week alongside stablemate Volcano.

Lewis, speaking before administering a hot-stone massage to a client at her salon The Beauty Mill on Friday, admitted: ‘I can’t believe it.

‘I only have eight horses and that includes two youngsters, but they’re bouncing and before they ran I did feel they were in the best form I’ve ever had them.

‘Knight Commander has won two races and probably should also have won before that. He got badly hampered when looking like the winner at Uttoxeter.

Sheila has overseen an amazing revival in her horse training career while also running a salon

Sheila has overseen an amazing revival in her horse training career while also running a salon

‘I’ve juggled the two jobs for five years. It has been really tough because they’re completely opposite. I’m out with the horses then I have to get my act together and get my glam kit on for the salon.

‘In March we were locked down so I had to close the salon. I concentrated on the horses and threw myself into the training. I think there’s definitely a connection.

‘In July we opened up again but my salon has taken a huge hit and I’m only taking a third of what I was taking. The positive is it has all turned around. The horses are now paying for the salon rather than the salon topping up the horses.’

Her only help at the stables is 18-year-old Katie Powell, whose first two rides as an amateur jockey this month on Knight Commander have been winners.

Lewis added: ‘I’m up with the horses at 6am and I have Katie who lives in the next village. We manage it together and I do four lots before I start in the salon at about 11am.

Training horses has been a pleasant distraction for Sheila as her salon was closed due to Covid

Training horses has been a pleasant distraction for Sheila as her salon was closed due to Covid

‘I go back up at night to the horses and it’s just me. It’s nothing for me to be up there until 8pm or 8.30pm, especially if we have a horse racing the next day. I feel like this is four years of hard slog to get to this.’

With changes to the Covid-19 rules instigated in Wales the closed signs had to be put up at the salon again on Friday.

Lewis, who said her dream would be to have a horse good enough to run in a big race at Cheltenham, said: ‘We are shut for two weeks. As it is, it has worked out quite well because I have three days next week when I’m away racing. I would have had to juggle clients, but they’re very good and understanding. They back the horses and love to hear the stories.

‘The horses are a huge distraction. I feel so blessed to be able to go and get lost with them as opposed to being stuck in the house.

‘They have given everyone here in the village a lift and it’s a nice positive story at such a glum time.’



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