KIM BAILEY currently has his team in resplendent form and with six winners from his last 22 runners in the past fortnight his strike rate is one to be envied by all.
The Thorndale Farm Stables near Andoversford has seen a marked and justified revival in its fortunes with the assistance of a master craftsman of his trade and with 32 winners already it surely won’t be long before the acceptable 43 winners for the past two successive seasons is past a quickly as a boundary from Joe Root.
The Grand National will once again figure highly in the agenda of The Last Samuri who ran such a brave race to finish second to Rule The World in 2016 and confirmed his liking for the unique course when second to Blaklion in the Becher Chase last month. He is obviously one of the stalwarts of the stable but the emerging First Flow showed he could be a force to be reckoned with when putting his rivals to the sword in an introductory hurdle at Newbury recently and there are plenty of other progressive sorts in Bailey’s team that could well follow suit.
His eye of the future could not be sharper as he has some already proven bumper talent and plenty more that will be unearthed this Spring with the long term very much in mind.
Bailey is very much a trainer who has seen both sides of the coin in his illustrious career and who remains ever amiable and optimistic kindly spoke to Tony Elves of ATR about those he hopes can carry him to further glories during the season.