Trainer hoping to sell top stayer to remain yard

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BILLINGSHURST racehorse trainer Luke Dace had one of the major successes of his career when American Spin won a long distance race in thrilling style at Haydock this month, putting in an even faster time than Big Bucks over the same distance and course the same day.

But now Luke, a former professional jump jockey, and his wife Louise face having to sell the eight-year-old chestnut gelding. He has been entered at Doncaster sales on Tuesday May 29, when auctioneers have indicated he will fetch a six figure sum with ease.

Louise, who owns two-thirds of American Spin, with the remaining third being owned by George Collacott, explained: “With our third child due in two weeks, we have to be realistic and we need to build a house for our growing family, and we already have permission for one at Copped Hall Farm which is our base. We currently have accommodation there with two bedrooms and that is not going to be enough in the future.”

The couple desperately want to keep the horse and hope that someone will step in and buy American Spin at a reasonable price to stay in their yard in the interim. He has been with them since he was four years old.

Louise added: “ Spin has won and been placed on the flat and has developed into a great stayer on soft ground over hurdles and is still progressing. So far he has won almost £40,000 prize money for us. In the last year he has really found his niche, starting with a runaway win by 21 lengths at Fontwell Park last October, followed by an excellent third at Cheltenham in December.”

But it has been over longer distance hurdles of around three miles that American Spin has really come into his own, and with local jockey Jamie Moore in the saddle he only just failed to win at Aintree over . But at Haydock, with Jamie again on board, the horse stretched the field virtually all the way with his relentless speed, making certain of an 11-1 victory.

Luke believes he will go on to tackle fences and that American Spin could be a major contender in top class long distances races in the future.

“There is a lot more to come from him. He is fantastic over fences at home and his targets could be the Midlands or Welsh Nationals on soft ground because he has huge stamina. I’m hoping that at a reduced price I could negotiate for him to stay in the yard, where two-thirds share would be available.”

Anyone interested in buying him should contact Luke on 07949 401085 or lukedace@yahoo.co.uk

For full story and more equestrian news, see Equestrian Page, West Sussex Gazette May 23