Hope remains to train own big winner

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EVEN though Richard Guest made his name as a fearless rider over National Hunt obstacles, he predominantly trains Flat horses at his hospitable Ingmanthorpe Stables, near Kirk Deighton.

However, the dream is still the same – the hope that, one day, he comes across a horse that is good enough to compete for one of the sport’s top prizes.

His 32 horses, plus the retired 2001 Grand National hero Red Marauder, who will take his place in Saturday’s parade of former champions at Aintree, include an exciting crop of two-year-old prospects.

Guest and accountant Mike Mahoney have also set up The 50-50 Racing Club where members pay £50 a month for the privilege of co-owning three horses throughout the summer, and enjoying all the privileges that ownership entails.

The horses are the consistent Sakhalin Star, Blagger, who is on the comeback trail, and the filly Dalalah, who was bred by Sheikh Hamdam al Maktoum and has bucketloads of potential according to Guest.

“If you think about the cost, it’s less than the price of a cup of coffee each day,” said the trainer.

Further details about the club can be found at www.5050racing.co.uk.