Newmarket trainer Harry Eustace wastes little time in racking up his first winners
Relief was the overriding emotion for Harry Eustace after he racked up his first two winners since joining the training ranks.
Having taken over the operation from his father James at Newmarket’s Park Lodge Stables last month, Eustace told Suffolk News he felt he could not fully enjoy the job until he had broken his duck.
Thankfully he did not have to wait too long at all as Coverham – just the second horse sent out by the 32-year-old – came out on top in the quinnbet.com Handicap at Yarmouth last Tuesday.
And for good measure that was followed three days later by Astrogem winning the Sky Sports Racing Virgin 535 Handicap at Doncaster, taking Eustace’s tally to two wins from his opening seven runners.
“It’s been a brilliant start, I’m really delighted with it how it has gone,” he said.
“You never expect to start like this, it’s more the sort of thing you hope for.
“Relief is probably the primary feeling, especially for myself.
“When you start out there are going to be people wondering if you’re up to it, things like that.
“Obviously one or two wins doesn’t prove a lot, but it gives myself and the team a bit of confidence that we are doing the right things.”
Some time down the line Eustace would relish having a horse of the ability to feature at this weekend’s QIPCO Guineas Festival.
For now, he will be an interested spectator of the events at the Rowley Mile.
“I like the Hamdan horse (Mutasaabeq) in the 2,000 Guineas,” he said of Saturday’s feature race.
“It’s hard to know but it looks like he’s had some good preparation and has been very impressive.
“In the fillies’ race there has been a lot of talk about Aidan O’Brien’s horse but I like the Jeff Smith filly (Alcohol Free). It looked like she needed a run (at Newbury earlier this month) and she performed well.”