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RACING: Hill's looking to improve quality
Lawney Hill may have forged a reputation for turning other trainer's cast-offs into winners, but she is keen to show she is equally adept with higher quality horses.
The Aston Rowant handler admits that last season – when her total of winners dipped to 15 – many of her horses were “not up to the job”.
But with ten winners on the board already this campaign, she is looking to move forward.
“It has been really great and has kick-started our season,” she said.
Hill was speaking during an open morning at her Woodway Farm stables on Saturday when around 100 visitors had the chance to see members of her string and her husband Alan’s point-to-pointers in the yard and on the gallops.
Reflecting on recent successes by the likes of low-grade performers Fittobust at Huntingdon and Safe Investment at Fontwell, she said: “I want to get each horse to perform to the best of its ability. I would love to have more Cheltenham horses.
“But I am delighted to win with these kind of horses. It shows we can train and that is what it is about, but we can train good horses too.”
Cap Elorn has been her early season star, rattling off a hat-trick of wins with two successes at Worcester followed by an easy Huntingdon victory.
Now Hill, who has a string of 25, is looking to the likes of Billy Twyford, Come On Laurie and Jammy to shine.
Billy Twyford won at Wetherby and Fontwell last term, and Hill said: “I hope he can creep into a big handicap off a low rating because I think there is a good race to be had with him.”
While a trip to the Cheltenham Festival may not be on the agenda for one of Hill’s string, it’s the target for Harbour Court, the star of her husband’s point-to-point team.
The Foxhunters Chase is the aim for the seven-year-old, who stamped himself as the most promising novice hunter chaser in the country with impressive wins at Cheltenham and Stratford.
“It is a big dream and we are looking forward to it very much,” said Hill.
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