Trainer Suzy Smith did not experience the ideal start to her winter jumps campaign from her base on the site of the long defunct Lewes racecourse when her two star performers Emmaslegend and Aimigayle were ruled out for the season.
But despite these significant setbacks she and her team have enjoyed another successful year.
When Emmaslegend was victorious in a Listed handicap chase at Uttoxeter on her last outing in July she looked on the brink of fulfilling the great faith her trainer has always had in the mare’s ability to make an impact in some of the most valuable staying handicap chase events of the peak season.
As a result the loss of the eight-year-old mare and her full sister Aimigayle to injury has precluded Suzy from competing for some big prizes.
But the trainer has maximised the potential of her remaining string, with eight of the 14 horses she has run in National Hunt races winning this term.
A strike rate of 23 per cent throughout the season is further testament to the trainer’s skills, and her ability to place her horses in the right races was seen once again this week when her chaser, Quipe Me Posted, bounded to victory at Kempton.
The nine-year-old advertised Suzy’s touch with a racehorse as this was his first outing since running in the same event a year ago.
And she spoke afterwards of the problems that had afflicted the horse in the meantime.
“He got a leg last year when he was pulled up in this race,” she said.
“He’s now on a workable handicap mark and has been happy at home.
“He likes this ground (good) and is a very good jumper.
“After his problems he won’t run on anything quicker. There are a couple of races for him next week.”
Suzy has given entries this weekend for a couple of fairly unexposed types who could further improve the stable record.
Ourmanmassini should run well in his chosen engagement and Laughton Park was impressive when winning at Plumpton last time.