I recently had the pleasure of having a quick phone chat with Trainer James Ewart, based in Langhom, Scotland , where it had been snowing and Ayr had already been abandoned.
James has been a trainer for the best part of 15 years and has sent out over 1, 400 runners.
I asked James how the yard was and how things were going…..
Apart from the snow things are really good, with no problems
As always I ask about the way James trains his horses –
They are all different and they all have their own training routines, fillies’ are harder to train than Colts and Geldings. So from the 2 year old fillies’ to the 11 year old geldings they all have individual training programs.
Would you say that Fillies’ tend to run better when going into season?
Most, I would say do tend to, but then you do get the odd one who doesn’t and runs better after.
What do you think about the current handicap System?
I have been quite outspoken about this subject and I think we are still living in the dark ages with the current system.
You mention Prize Money, is that a problem?
I think it’s slowly rising
Are finding owners a problem?
When I started training 15 years ago, there was a lot of single owners, now not so much with more syndicates involved in ownership
Can you give our readers one to follow please?
Charmant – a 6 Year Old Bay Gelding, who won his first two out this season, at Sedgefield & Ayr in Class 4 Handicap Hurdles before finishing 4th in a Class 2 at Kelso recently.