Nick Gifford’s string in top form

Runners from historic Downs Stables at Findon are coming into good form, with trainer Nick Gifford, assisted by his wife Ruth, currently having their string in top condition.

Downs Stables gateway
Photo: Jeannie Knight

Recent successes include an impressive win at Kempton when Fairway Freddy secured another victory, well ridden by Rex Dingle. Owned by The Gold Dream Partnership, and led up by Andrew Tony Veale,  this progressive young horse continues to improve and is a star for the future.

He benefits from being ridden at home by not only Andrew Tony Veale but also former jockey Gerry Enright, whose vast experience will benefit this rising stable star. He is clearly heading to be a stable star for the future.

Fairway Freddy being led in by Andrew Tony Veale
Photo: Ruth Gifford

Other runners from the yard have also been in the limelight.  Another horse to note is Notre Ami, owned by the Morpheus Partnership.  The seven-year-old had an unfortunate fall in a novice handicap chase at Huntingdon in early October, but has put that behind him.

Notre Ami went on to finish second in a confidence-building handicap hurdle at Lingfield, ridden by Nick Scholfield in mid November. Then on November 26 he ran in the Beginners Steeple Chase over two miles two furlongs on good ground at Kempton finishing third under Leighton Aspell over fences. He was led up by Andrew Tony Veale, who also rides him a lot at home.

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