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Small-time Stable Takes on the Big Boys at Newbury

, Small-time Stable Takes on the Big Boys at Newbury

Sarah Humphrey Aims to Make an Impact

Sarah Humphrey is ready to make waves at Newbury on Friday with her talented horse, Nickle Back. The small-time stable owner has seen her horse dominate in two chasing starts, winning by impressive margins of 24 lengths and 19 lengths. With Nickle Back's slick jumping and powerful engine, Humphrey is eager to take on the higher powers in the John Francome Novices' Chase.

A Serious Contender

Speaking about Nickle Back's form, Humphrey said, "He's a bit quirky and difficult to keep sound but, when it all comes together, he's a serious animal." The decision to let the horse lead from the front has proven to be a winning strategy, and Humphrey is confident that Nickle Back will continue to shine.

Aiming for Graded Glory

Humphrey, who balances her training duties with farming at her Yen Hall base near Newmarket, is hoping to secure her first-ever Graded winner at Newbury. Nickle Back will be competing against Hermes Allen, a Grade 1-winning hurdler trained by the renowned Paul Nicholls.

Proving the Doubters Wrong

Despite being a small trainer, Humphrey has high hopes for her horse. She said, "Hopefully they will find out we do know what we are doing!" She believes that Nickle Back has a strong chance of success and is excited to see how he performs against top competition.

A Dream for a Small Team

Humphrey acknowledges the challenges of being a small stable and the limited resources they have. She considers having a horse as talented as Nickle Back a stroke of luck and a dream come true for her entire team. Their hard work and dedication have brought them to this point, and a win at Newbury would be the icing on the cake.

The Friday Lunch Club

Nickle Back is owned by a syndicate known as The Friday Lunch Club. Humphrey revealed that the name was born during a casual gathering around her kitchen table. Despite not having had lunch together on a Friday yet, the owners are excited to come together at Newbury and savor the experience.

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