Roger Teal, the Group 3 winning trainer and father of top conditional Jockey Harry Teal, talks to 3 Furlongs Out about life as a Trainer, Harry and much more….
1 – How long have you been involved in racing?
My mum held a permit when I was growing up so I have always been involved from a young age and I started riding out at the age of 12
2 – How did you get into racing & how would you describe your training style?
I got into racing through Mum and went to work for John Jenkins in Lower Beading at the age of 15.
And as for my training style, I like to be patient with my horses
3 – What is the current breakdown of horses in the yard? (Chasers/Hurdlers/Bumpers/Flat)
We currently have 2 bumper horses, 5 Hurdlers, 1 that is duel hurdles and chase and 14 flat runners. One of which may do hurdling aswell
4 – What is a typical day in the Teal yard?
Up at 5.30am to feed lads arrive at 6.30am. We all muck out including me list of lots sorted and first lot pulls out around 7.45am, after 2nd lot we stop for a cuppa. Then it is onto the 3rd and 4th lots, which are done and back to the yard, normally done by 12pm. We are back at 4pm where all the horses are mucked out, brushed off, feet greased, hayed and watered They are fed around 5.45pm
If we have runners I will mostly drive the Horsebox
5 – What has been your most memorable day as a trainer?
I have had a number of memorable days. Winning twice in Dubai and the Group 3 Darley stakes at Newmarket and my son Harry riding winners for me, especially when he won the veterans hurdle on Howaboutnever at Newbury
6 – Do you target races for the season to try & win?
I do with certain horses
7 – Is Harry the stable jockey or do you have others?
Harry rides all my jumpers if he isn’t required by his boss
8 – Do you give Harry race instructions or do you leave it to him?
We always have a plan A but plan B’s down to him
9 – If you could train any horse, PAST or PRESENT who would it be & why?
Rock of Gibraltar because he was such a tough horse or Giants Causeway because he was tough and genuine and those type of horses make life a little easier
& Finally –
10 – Can you give our readers a couple of horses to follow for the season?
Flat performer – Tip Two Win, who may be heading to Qatar in December and jumping star, Agincourt Reef. He done us proud last season and has just come back in after a nice summer break.
We would like to wish Team Teal all the best with their NH horses & all the best for the future ahead and we look forward to seeing them in the winner’s enclosure at a race course near you……
Rich Williams – 3 Furlongs Out & arseonlinetips
Photo’s courtesy of Sue Teal