There was a great start to 2020 for Lewes-based trainer Suzy Smith, when she sent out nine-year-old Clondaw Bisto to win an amateur rider chase at Fakenham yesterday at 7-2.
The nine-year-old September Stormbay gelding was well ridden by Zak Baker over the 3 miles 6 furlong trip, with the rider encouraging him throughout the race. Clondaw Bisto is also owned by Suzy Smith, and finished well on the good to soft going.
This was the horse’s first win over fences, having finished third in a chase at Plumpton before Christmas on heavy ground. This performance augurs well for the future and there should be more to come from Clondaw Bistro.
Another recent winner from the yard, which also impressed, was Oscarsman, with a good round of jumping at Plumpton in a maiden hurdle, when partnered by Micheal Nolan.
Suzy is based at County Stables, set on the Old Lewes Racecourse in the heart of the South Downs National Park, an area of outstanding natural beauty with a deep historical connection to horse racing.
Lewes Old Racecourse was a functioning racecourse for more than 250 years – from the 1700’s right up until it was closed in 1964 – much of the original racecourse fencing still lines her gallops there.
Suzy treats each horse as an individual giving them care and time to develop mentally and physically to reach their potential. The wide open spaces of the Downs, the healthy fresh air straight off the sea, and the miles of bridle paths keep the horses fresh and interested in their work.