Paul Robson, an undertaker by day and trainer by night, is hoping to take some time off for the Tuesday of the Cheltenham Festival. His horse, Cannock Park, has him dreaming of Supreme glory in March.
A determined display in the Maiden Hurdle
Cannock Park, sent off at 15-2, delivered an impressive performance in a competitive maiden hurdle at Cheltenham on Sunday. Despite some early keenness, jockey Craig Nichol remained confident throughout the race. The duo sprinted five lengths clear between the final two flights and held off their rivals to secure victory.
Excitement builds for the Supreme
With a current quote of 33-1 for the Supreme, Robson is understandably excited about the prospects of Cannock Park. He expressed his delight in winning a race at Cheltenham, stating, "It is lovely to come here with a nice horse. I'm pretty much flabbergasted to be fair. It is what everyone says it is, it is a dream. We will come back in March."
A journey from jockey to trainer
Robson, a former jockey whose career was cut short by a serious injury in 2005, now splits his time between training and the family undertaker business based in Hawick in the Scottish Borders. Since becoming a trainer, he has achieved wins at various racecourses, including Kelso, Ayr, Leicester, Newcastle, Perth, Uttoxeter, and now Cheltenham.
Robson's team, which includes his wife Steph, who is a dressage rider, seems to have a promising jumper in Cannock Park. With the Cheltenham Festival on the horizon, all eyes will be on Robson's dream of Supreme glory in March.
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