Luke enjoys outstanding win

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BILLINGSHURST trainer Luke Dace enjoyed a well deserved win with American Spin at Fontwell Park’s jump meeting last Thursday. The seven-year-old chestnut gelding, owned by George Collacott, won the three mile three furlong hurdle race with Timmy Murphy on board.

It was an impressive performance in soft conditions, with American Spin staying every inch of the trip and spread-eagling his rivals. Race favourite, the Charlie Longsdon-trained Getmeoutthedoldrums, finished 21 lengths behind in second place, with third-placed Royal Kicks, trained by Susie Smith at Lewes, another eight lengths behind that- and the remainder of the field were a further 36 lengths adrift.

Training is a family affair for Luke, and his wife Louise. A former professional jump jockey, Luke has been training for 12 years, and one of his first horses, Keltic Heritage was a Cheltenham winner. Louise, who has ridden a winner herself, had previously run a successful rehabilitation yard.

They have some new horses for the coming year, but American Spin’s win was particularly special.

They have had American Spin for three years and the gelding won for them on his first outing at Kempton all-weather track. He has also had several places on all-weather surfaces, but a decision to turn him to hurdles has reaped dividends. He was runner-up on both previous starts over hurdles.

For full feature see West Sussex Gazette, November 2 2011