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The winter jumping season is once again approaching, and we will have many familiar old faces returning, as well as several new ones making their debuts. Over the coming days and weeks I will be providing detailed essays on some of our horses that will hopefully be in the winners enclosure very shortly.

TRIMMERS LANE. 24 April 2010 Publisher-Kilcormac Glow.

Trimmers Lane is out of the unraced mare, Kilcormac Glen, from a family tracing back to Roberto.His sire Publisher only raced twice, making a winning debut at Yarmouth as a two year old, and then finishing third at Windsor in a Class 3, at the age of three, earning a Racing Post rating of 97.

Trimmers Lane was a late starter, not making his racecourse debut until he was six years of age, running out of the yard of J S Cullen in Boolavogue, County Wexford. He made his debut in a point to point at Borris House in December 2016, finishing third, beaten by 19 lengths. In January 2017 he was sent hurdling over two miles at Gowran Park, and finished well down the field. It was a similar story over the same course and distance in March, and again at Wexford in June.He was allotted a handicap mark of 85, but took up the option of running in another maiden hurdle, this time over two and a half miles, back at Gowran Park, but once again he failed to land a blow.His handicap debut came at Wexford in June over two and a half miles, but he soon became detached, and pulled up after three out. His last run for the J.S.Cullen yard was nearly six months later, in November, back in a point to point, this time at Kirkistown, where after being held up early, he made steady progress through the field, to win going away by three lengths.

It was shortly after that race that Trimmers Lane was sold, and joined us at Oakwood Stables.He made his debut at Catterick in January 2020 over three miles, and one furlong, from a stiff looking mark of 93, but was always in rear.He returned to Catterick 13 days later, showing his first signs of promise for us, under Billy Garritty, when staying on to finish 15 lengths behind Ask Paddy, after some indifferent jumping.At Carlisle in February he took a step backwards when pulling up, after never getting involved. His last race of that season was at Sedgefield in March, over the extended two miles and three furlongs, but after being hampered by a first fence faller, he was always struggling to get competitive.

Trimmers Lane was given his summer break, and it was over seven months until we saw him again. He reappeared at Uttoxeter at the end of October over two and a half miles with Emma Smith-Chaston in the saddle. The race was definitely needed, over a trip on the short side, but it helped to put him spot on for his next assignment. Trimmers Lane was now down to a mark of just 74 when he went to Wetherby on Boxing Day to contest a three miles handicap chase, from where he would have to race off 79, being 5lb wrong at the weights. This new low mark proved invaluable as nothing could compete with Trimmers Lane, as he made his challenge from two out, and came clear up the run in, to give jockey Conor O'Farrell his first winner for the yard on only his second ride for us. Trimmers Lane would have run under a penalty a few days later at Uttoxeter, but after finding heat in his leg, it was though wise to pull up stumps, and give him a break, and give him every chance to regain full fitness. The handicapper took no chances and raised him by an eye watering 15lb, so when we see him next he will race from a mark of 89. TO BE CONTINUED.

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