TIM VAUGHAN is one of life's character who was born with a smile on his face but even his grin has been broadened more this Jumps season with a set of results that suggests his name is one we are going to hear a lot more from in the future.
With 52 winners on the scoreboard and over £340,000 in prize money already in 2016-17 the Vale of Glamorgan trainer has sailed past his 42 winner of the previous season with his sights set on further big day wins to add to those enjoyed by Theligny at Newbury , and Tanit River at Chepstow in recent months.
Theligny could be looking to raise the bar higher at Haydock or Ascot on February 18 and Tanit River has a possible assignment on the Lancashire course the same day and there are several up and coming young horses filing through the ranks that could also be plying their trade at the Festival meetings.
Tim said: "We changed our profile two years ago and went out and bought a lot of young horses and tried to get a better quality of animal. I couldn't be happier with how things have worked out and we have some horses in our care who could still be anything."
"From September onwards it has just been brilliant and we hope we can just keep them healthy and happy throughout the Spring. It would be the icing on the cake if we could get a winner or two at one of the big Festivals."
Vaughan kindly spoke to Tony Elves of ATR about the horses he hopes can take him to new heights in his career.
7 b g Raven's Pass - Aviacon
137 rated chaser. Flattered by his four length defeat at the hands of Thistlecrack in a novice chase at Chepstow (2m 7 1/2f) in October and finished third, beaten 28 lengths to Three Faces West at Newbury (2m 7 1/2f) on his latest start in December.
"He looks like he wants cut in the ground and long distances. We have been dithering with which way to go with him - he seems to run on very strongly at the end of his races and we thought of upping him up in trip. He has got his mark now and we have him in the Grand National Trial at Haydock. If it came up very wet and it was going to be a dour staying contest then we would look to go there. We were going to go there or the Eider but we will go to Haydock. It's a nice balance going from three miles to three miles four and if all goes well there he's the sort of horse that would go on to a Midlands National or something like that. He has an entry in the four miler at the Festival but he would really need to win at Haydock to justify that."
6 b g Astarabad - Grivelle
107 rated chaser and hurdler. Scored by two lengths from Binowagh Bay in a handicap hurdle at Kelso (2m 6 1/2f) in October off a mark of 100.
"He made his debut over fences at Bangor recently finishing a pleasing fourth. We think he wants softer ground and a more galloping track and we think he should be up to winning races before the end of the season is out."
6 b g Rail Link - Costa Rica
119 rated hurdler. Gained last success in a handicap hurdle at Southwell (2m 4 1/2f) when beating Dazinski five lengths off a mark of 113.
"He looked like he would have definitely won last time out bar making a nasty mistake at the second last when he sprawled on landing. I would like to think he will get himself back on track next time and be winning through the Spring."
BELLS OF AILSWORTH
7 b g Kayf Tara - Volverta
119 rated chaser and hurdler. Scored by 46 lengths from Hannibal The Great in a novices' handicap chase at Taunton (2m 7f) in December off his current mark and a by a length from Buckontupence in a handicap hurdle at Huntingdon (3m 1f) in October off a mark of 115.
"He has won two for us this year and he won nicely at Taunton on his last run in a novices' handicap chase. He unfortunately unseated his rider at Market Rasen but he is going the right way and I hope there is a reasonable prize in him during the Spring in another Novices' Handicap Chase."
BLEU ET NOIR
6 b g Enrique - Gastina
130 rated hurdler. Winner three times last season and gained last success when beating The Outlaw two and a half lengths in a novices' hurdle at Newton Abbot (2m 1f) in August.
"He did well for us last year and was very progressive. We have given him a nice break throughout the Winter and he is going to be fresh. We hopefully will get a run into him in about four weeks which will sharpen him up with a view to going to Aintree possibly in the two mile handicap on the Saturday. Some of his form has worked out really nice and that is the sort of route I would like to go."
6 b g Shantou - Hasainm
128 rated hurdler. Winner of a bumper at Newton Abbot in September and novice hurdles at Fontwell (2m 1 1/2f) and Worcester (2m 4f) later that month.
"He was very progressive early on in the season and he made a nasty error at Chepstow and it's just unbalanced him at little bit. He has had a few little niggling issues but we are building him back up and it would be nice to think we could go for a decent handicap in the Spring somewhere."
7 b g Tobougg - Champagne Lil
106 rated hurdler. Solid effort in a handicap hurdle at Ludlow (3m) last week when third, beaten only three quarters of a length, to Just Joelliott off his current mark.
"He had a lovely pedigree and is a nice type. He finished third at Ludlow last week and it is likely we will kick on over fences in the Spring. Hopefully, we will see some improvement in him."
5 b g Stowaway - Clairefontaine
"He is a half brother to Normandy King by Stowaway who has shown us plenty at home. Hopefully, he will develop into a nice bumper horse this Spring.
7 b g Presenting - Gemini Lucy
129 rated hurdler. Returned to winning form when scoring by six lengths from Splash Of Ginge in a handicap hurdle at Haydock (2m 7f) this month off a mark of 117.
"He is a lovely progressive horse who I really like. I thought he won really nicely at Haydock recently and the most probable route is to go back to Haydock on Saturday February 18 for the Pertemps Qualifier. Ideally, we would like to win that and go up 7lb and get in the bottom of the weights for the Pertemps Final."
6 b g Kayf Tara - Dalamine
121 rated hurdler. Winner of a novices' hurdle at Kempton (2m) in May by eight lengths from Le Capricieux and placed in three similar events since. Creditable third, beaten three and a quarter lengths, to Florrie Boy in a handicap hurdle at Aintree (2m 4f) in December off a mark of 120.
"He is a proper horse it is all about three miles and fences in time. He ran two blinding race at Chelteham and Aintree and we have just given him a bit of time through December and January to freshen him up a bit. We hope to fetch him out in early February and I would like to think he would be capable of winning a nice handicap in the imminent future and then taking on one of the big Festivals later in the season."
10 b g Golden Lariat - Midsyn Lady
135 rated chaser. Runner-up, beaten eight lengths, to Alto Des Mottes in a handicap chase at Newcastle (2m 7 1/2f) in January off his current mark.
"He has progressed in his last couple of runs and we always thought he would be a nice chaser. I would love to go and win a nice handicap in the Spring with him somewhere."
FIELDS OF GLORY
7 b g King's Best - Lavandou
103 rated chaser. Returned to winning form with a half length defeat of Chain of Beacons in a handicap chase at Musselburgh (2m 4f) this month off a mark of 100.
"He is a lovely stamp of horse who is a half brother to Captain Conan. He got his head in front for the first time at Musselburgh last week and we think he will progress time and stepping up in trip."
11 b m Beneficial - Swanbrook Leader
118 rated hurdler. Finished third in two handicap hurdles this season at Lingfield (2m 3 1/2f) in December (Beaten seven and three quarter lengths to Jaleo) and Chepstow (2m 3 1/2f) in January (beaten eight and three quarter lengths to Shaama Grise).
"She has been a very good mare in her time. She has finished third on two occasions this year and we would like to think she can win a handicap before going off to Stud in the Spring."
6 b g Dream Well - Quenta Des Bordes
Winner of a bumper at Huntingdon in May and promise in novices' hurdles at Sedgefield (2m 4f) in November and Wetherby (2m 5 1/2f) in December.
"He won his point-to-point and then won his bumper for us. He has had a couple of runs for us over hurdles and is a nice horse going forward. He will want three miles and a fence in time but we hope he will develop into a nice staying hurdler before the end of the season."
9 ch g Definite Article - Tricias Pride
128 rated hurdler. Made a successful reappearance when scoring by two and three quarter lengths from Party Rock off a mark of 122 in a handicap hurdle at Aintree (2m 4f) in May.
"He is better on better ground so we have given him a break. His last win was at Aintree when winning a Class 2 Handicap Hurdle. He is another we would like to get a run into and then run at Aintree or the Scottish National meeting or something like that."
6 b g King's Theatre - Clairefontaine
100 rated chaser and hurdler. Scored by 16 lengths from Fiddler's Flight off a mark of 87 in a handicap hurdle at Bangor (2m 3 1/2f) in April of last year.
"He has a lovely pedigree and looks an out and out three mile chaser in time. He made his novice handicap chase debut at Doncaster last week and can hopefully improve on that performance."
7 b g Kayf Tara - Major Hoolihan
119 rated hurdler. Scored by eight lengths from Jovial Joe in a novice hurdle at Carlisle (2m 3 1/2f) in May.
"He had a little issue which has kept him off the racecourse throughout the Winter but we are building him back up. He is a lovely staying handicap chaser for the future."
POINT OF PRINCIPLE
4 b g Rip Van Winkle - L'Ancresse
Scored by a length from Paisley Park in a bumper at Warwick this month.
"He made a very pleasing debut at Warwick recently and showed a tenacious attitude in what I think will work out to be a reasonable bumper. Plans are fluid but we may look to take in the listed bumper at Newbury with him. If he was good enough and he showed good enough form we might even think of the Champion bumper at Cheltenham but we won't get ahead of ourselves."
5 ch g Presenting - Pink Mist
"He is a brother to Ballycasey of Willie Mullins's. He is a nice big type who I am sure will develop into a nice horse but has needed lots of time."
8 b g Kayf Tara - Royale Boja
127 chaser. Scored by 20 lengths from In The Rough in a beginners chase at Southwell (3m) in May and followed up with a three quarter length defeat of Chase The Wind in a novices chase at Worcester (2m 7f) the following month.
"He is a winner of four races for us already and we think he is a staying chaser of note in time. He has been unlucky and we have just lost our way with him but he will probably have one run over hurdles as a confidence booster then head back over fences. I would like to think there is a nice day for him in the Spring."
8 b g Cape Cross - Farrfesheena
137 rated hurdler. Best effort this term on latest start at Wincanton (2m 5 1/2f) on Boxing Day when failing by only three quarters of a length behind Mr Mix off a mark of 135.
"He is a lovely horse who finished second for us on Boxing Day. The plan is to go for a two miles seven open handicap at Sandown on February 4. He is a nice horse and a Grade 1 winner at his best. We hope there is a nice day in him again before the end of the season."
5 b g Intense Focus - Tetravella
Unraced over hurdles. Beaten only a nose by Zamperini off a mark of 92 at Sandown (1m 2f) in July.
"He was bought recently out of Ed Dunlop's yard and has been doing everything right at home. Being a brother to Grumeti and having shown some decent Flat form we are hopeful of a nice hurdling prospect. Richard Johnson came in and schooled him last week and he is due to run in the next fortnight."
5 b g Ballingarry - Tamaziya
"He is a big backward type but we like him at home and I am sure he will make his mark at some point."
7 br g Indian River - Tanit Lady
136 rated chaser. Improving with experience and hacked up by 17 lengths from Join The Clan off a mark of 136 in a novices' handicap chase at Chepstow (2m 7 1/2f) this month.
"He won recently at Chepstow and I thought he was very impressive in a competitive race. At the moment we think he handles anything from two miles four to three miles and plenty of cut in the ground. He is still learning - his jumping is improving and he is settling that much better. He will either go to Newbury on February 11 for the open novices' handicap chase or he will go to Haydock on February 18 for a similar event. Again, he is a horse that is a bit raw but we would like to hope going into the Spring that there's a nice prize to be won with him."
6 gr g Martaline - Romilly
135 rated progressive hurdler and winner of four of his five starts this season. Scored readily by two and three quarter lengths from Geordie Des Champs in a valuable handicap hurdle at Newbury (2m 4 1/2f) off a mark of 127 on latest start on New Years Eve.
"He has been a really progressive horse this Winter and I was delighted with the way he won his last start at Newbury. We think he will appreciate soft ground and that a step up in trip will improve him further. We are hoping to go to either Ascot or Haydock on February 18. We will enter him in the Grade 2 Prestige Novices' Hurdle and in the Pertemps Qualifier and he will have an entry at Ascot. If he were to run a big race we would probably skip Cheltenham and go to Aintree. I just want to give him a bit more time as he is still a bit raw and the hussle and bussle of Cheltenham might not be ideal but he could be at the Festival over fences next year."
THE WALLACE LINE
6 b g Mastercraftsman - Surval
120 rated hurdler. Finished sixth, beaten 19 ½ lengths, to Shantou Bob in a handicap hurdle at Chepstow (2m 7 1/2f) at the end of December off a mark of 123.
"He was placed in a Grade 1 at Cheltenham in his early days but was a bit high in the weights as a result. He is finding his level and is a nice solid stayer. If we have plenty of rain in the future he would definitely be on to improve for his outings."
7 b g Kalanisi - Dawn's Double
120 rated hurdler. Runner-up five times in succession in maiden hurdles in Ireland in 2015.
"He was disappointing on his debut for us last Summer but hopefully we have remedied his niggly problems and hopefully he can progress through the Spring."
8 b g Heron Island - Hi Honey
103 rated hurdler. Winner of two handicap hurdles at Uttoxeter (2m) in September and October - beating Moon Or Rio a length and three quarters off a mark of 90 on the first occasion and Guantoshol six lengths off a mark of 94.
"He won a couple of raced mid season and he has had a bit of a break. We hope to progress again in the Spring."
BLEU ET NOIR - progressive sort who has been prepared specifically with a Spring campaign in mind and fancied to reap the benefits.
DADSINTROUBLE - hit winning form at Haydock and could go back there later in February to try and bolster his chance of getting into the Pertemps Final.
DEBECE - another who has been patiently handled with thoughts of Spring in mind.
POINT OF PRINCIPLE - one the recent influx of new blood that did everything right when winning his bumper first time of asking at Warwick.
TANIT RIVER - impressive winner at Chepstow who has plenty more to offer.
THELIGNY - could be the sort to really put the stable on the map and plenty of untapped potential still to come.