SUE SMITH has her team in fine fettle at present and successes with Captain Moirette at Catterick on Friday, the reappearing Joke Dancer at Newcastle on Saturday and Lough Derg Farmer at Carlisle on Sunday made sure it was a weekend to remember for the Bingley trainer.
Of course, the most cherished memory for a handler who specialises in attaining embryo chasers is the 2013 Aintree Grand National win for Auroras Encore and Vintage Clouds may well be given that assignment on April 6.
From her base at Craiglands Farm, Sue has already notched a Grade 2 Relkeel Hurdle with Midnight Shadow and a Peter Marsh Chase success with stable stalwart Wakanda as a well as a valuable win for the aforementioned Vintage Clouds at Haydock in November.
There are several in her team with an abundance of talent for the future with the very likeable Hill Sixteen and Captain Moriette particularly noteworthy and, like most of her acquisitions, horse that are built to last.
The respectable total of 25 winners and £388,762 in prize money and has already been reached with the promise of plenty more.
Sue said: “We are very pleased with the way things are going and we couldn’t ask for more. The horses are running well and long may it last.”
Sue kindly spoke to Tony Elves of ATR about those she hopes can continue to build on her tally so far.