Two decades have passed since Hughie Morrison first took out a trainers licence but in just a few minutes talking to the East Ilsley handler you can immediately ascertain that his hunger for the game hasn’t diminished a jot.
Hughie speaks infectiously about his team and looks forward to Goodwood this week where Sweet Selection takes her place in the now- elevated Group 1 Qatar Goodwood Cup on the opening day and he sends Star Rider for a repeat bid for the marathon Matchbook Betting Exchange Goodwood Stakes Handicap on Wednesday which she landed in great style 12 months ago.
There are several others from his team which will be at the meeting as well, and several staying types that will be in action at the other mid-Summer festivals. Morrison has accrued 29 winners so far this term and he looks forward to that total swelling further as the season progresses.
Hughie said: "The horses have been in form since April and normally we have a bit of a splurge and then it goes quite, but us Downland trainers had a lovely Spring and we have been able to keep the winners coming with eight winners, respectively, in May June and July."
Hughie kindly spoke to Tony Elves of ATR about some of those that can keep the momentum flowing in the coming months.