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Newmarket trainer George Boughey enjoying positive start to 2020

Newmarket trainer George Boughey is well aware that maintaining a strike rate of 38 per cent throughout the year will be an extremely tall order.

Yet, with five wins from his 13 runners so far in 2020, confidence is running high at Saffron House Stables.

Those statistics are a marked improvement on 2019 when Boughey, who sent out his first runner in July, chalked up two victories from 37 with a ‘frustrating’ eight second-placed finishers.

George Boughey
George Boughey

“I am very pleased with how it has gone and a lot of credit needs to go to my team for the work they have done over Christmas and the new year,” said Boughey.

“Last year was frustrating because we had four times as many second places as we did winners. When that happens, you do start to ask questions of yourself.

“But it has all seemed to click. Nothing has changed much, we are still doing the same things at home, but the horses are in great nick.

“We do not have a huge amount of horses, so it is about ensuring that we keep the same standards and the results will hopefully continue to follow.

“Obviously staying at 38 per cent is tough because that is pretty much as good as you can get, but it would be great to keep up this sort of conversion rate.

“The pressure to train winners is still there – it always will be. But the start to this year has shown we are doing the right things.”

While Boughey credits his staff for much of the recent success, he also believes that a recent switch to Saffron House Stables on Hamilton Road – previously home to George Scott – has had a positive impact.

Previously, the 27-year-old had been sharing Red House Stables with Dr Jon Scargill.

“It has made a big difference,” said the former assistant to Hugo Palmer.

“You do not have to tip-toe around in your own place and we also have room to develop in the future. Hopefully we can follow the sort of path George has taken.”