Newmarket trainer Tom Clover happy to be paying back loyalty from owners with positive start to the season
Trainer Tom Clover is delighted he has been able to reward the loyalty of his owners with an impressive start to the delayed season.
In the last fortnight, Kremlin House Stables-based Clover has hit the back of the net six times from 19 runners, providing a strike rate of 33 per cent.
And during what are uncertain times during the Covid-19 pandemic, Clover is happy to have been able to lift some of the gloom.
“It has been a lovely start, especially because the last few months have been quite uncertain,” he said.
“Our owners have been terrific. They have backed us all the way and to repay some of that loyalty so early on has been fantastic.
“We have tried to keep in contact, sending them videos and talking on the phone to keep them updated.
“Some of our owners are in the hospitality industry and they have had a particularly torrid time, but they have stuck with us and I am very happy to have had some winners for them.”
One of Clover’s winners – his first of the 2020 Flat campaign – was Holy Kingdom, who is now being aimed at a Royal Ascot outing.
Clover had initially hoped to run the four-year-old son of Australia in yesterday’s Copper Horse Handicap, but instead he is set to go inFriday’s Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes (4.40pm).
“We felt he was well suited to the Copper Horse but it wasn’t to be and we will hopefully take our chance on Friday,” said Clover.
“He ran at Ascot last year and was perhaps a bit wider than we liked, so hopefully he’ll get a nice draw.
“These are the type of meetings and races why you get into racing, but I also don’t want to go into them with a horse that has no chance.
“With a little bit of luck I am sure he can run a lovely race, especially because he ran so well when winning at Newmarket.
“Ideally we would have liked a little bit more time between runs – it will only have been around 12 days – but we will try to keep him as fresh as we can.”