ANTHONY HONEYBALL has every right to look forward to 2018 as he has a vibrant team in grand form at his Potwell Farm Stables in Beaminster in Dorset and currently has a highly commendable strike rate of 22%.
The New Year could well kick off with a bang from his impressive Wincanton bumper winner Acey Milan and there will be much more to be heard from fellow bumper winners Hideaway Vic, Duhallow Gesture and Lechlade Magician.
Fountains Windfall hasn’t had the rub of the green since winning his novice chase at Southwell in November in great style and was travelling like a winner when falling four out in the Kauto Star at Kempton on Boxing Day but there was some consolation when Midnight Tune braved it out in the Mares Handicap Hurdle on the second day of the Christmas meeting and made it 22 winners for the season and took her trainer to within a hare’s breath of £200,000 in prize money.
The 32 winners of 2016/17 should soon be passed and Anthony has plenty more to take their chance in valuable staying handicap chases and bumpers in the Spring.
Anthony said: “At the beginning of November we had only had two or three winners but since then we have had five double and a treble in the last six to eight weeks and they have been in great form. We just hope they can carry on like they have been and work through to 30 winners but we only have 35 horses to work away with which doesn’t compare to the bigger stables.
“The bumper horses have been very good this time around and we have probably bought some better types but importantly we had them all last season and didn’t run them and gave them time to develop which is now paying dividends.”
Anthony kindly spoke to Tony Elves of ATR about those he hopes can carry him to greater height in this New Year.