Whittington back among the winners after testing time

 In Lambourn News

He may have had his face mask on but there was no disguising the relief on Harry Whittington’s face after Sheila Nash ended a losing run stretching back to November for his yard with victory in the 2m bumper for mares.

Everything that could have gone wrong has for the Lambourn trainer recently, including when Sheila Nash whipped round and unseated her rider at Wincanton last week.

There was no repeat on this occasion and, with the general health of his string on the up, Whittington is hoping to finish the season with a flourish.

“I needed that,” said the trainer after ending a losing run stretching 91 days and 63 runners. “She’s a very likeable mare and so tough. She’s actually named after my grandmother, so it’s quite special.

“It’s great to be back in the winner’s enclosure because we’ve had a tough couple of months.”

The win gave Whittington just his tenth success of the season and he conceded that recent times have been among the most challenging of his training career.

“It’s been tough but we’ve learned more in the last two months than we have in the whole time we’ve been training horses,” he added.

“We’ve probably had the same bug as some of these other yards where you can’t put a finger on it, but it seems like they’re very well at home now, so please God we’re out the other side.”

Courtesy of Racing Post

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