ED WALKER has plenty of reasons to remember 2018 and first and foremost it has to be the landmark success of Agrotera who provided him with a first ever Royal Ascot victory in June.
The Sandringham Handicap is one of the most competitive events of its nature but the 11-2 favourite landed one the gambles of the season when cruising to a two and three quarter length success from Ortiz and sent the champagne corks flying not only on Ascot Heath but also in his historic Kingdown Stables which has been Walker's training base for just under two years.
The victory of Bjorn Neilsen’s filly obviously meant a lion’s share of prize money and with 51 winners already Walker has netted over £647,992 in prize money and should have little trouble passing last season total of 54 winners (with prize money of £384,412).
Agrotera could be in action this weekend and the globetrotting Stormy Antarctic both have more to offer before disappearing to Winter quarters and there are plenty of interesting prospect from Kingdown that will be household names in the future.
Walker said: “It has gone very well and we are having our best year prize money-wise. I think we are gradually getting to where we want to be and we are very happy with the ways things are going.”
Ed kindly spoke to Tony Elves of ATR about some of the leading prospects in his care.