Another meeting at Fontwell looked sure to bring more winners for local trainer Chris Gordon, and so it proved when Ballyheigue Bay hit the target when staying on doggedly to beat Letbeso in yesterday's novice handicap chase. Gordon’s Norse Legend had earlier finished second at generous odds in the juvenile hurdle.
The local trainer’s previous trip to his favourite course had brought two winners and two placed horses from six runners. This winter looks set to be one of the stables best to date with prize money already within touching distance of last season’s total and a strike rate of 15%.
Chris and Jenny Gordon moved to Morestead Stables near Winchester in 2007 taking over the yard from Brendan Powell. The husband and wife team are very much a racing partnership. Jenny is an accomplished jockey in her own right. Having had a spell as head girl for Jeffrey Peate, she then gained further valuable experience at Newmarket for Jeffrey’s son Ed, which included looking after the Breeders Cup winner Kalanisi. Having had a successful career ‘pointing’, she changed focus in 2000 when becoming a point to point trainer for Simon Tindall. She became Champion South Eastern trainer on several occasions.
Chris gained work experience at the age of 14 in Josh Gifford’s yard. Like Jenny he found success as a point to point jockey before starting out as a trainer.
In February 2013 ‘Team Gordon’ purchased Morestead Stables outright having rented since 2007. Improvements to gallops and facilities has followed, and in April this year Chris Gordon Racing hit 100 winners under rules when ex Paul Nicholls inmate Comeonginger won at Fontwell. The horse has become one of the stable stars with three victories so far in 2014.
Lightentertainment is another to strike a rich vein of form in recent times. With three wins and a second place since May, the six-year-old son of Kings Theatre appears to be a horse with bright future.
The team have the talented Tom Cannon as stable jockey. Currently on 23 winners for the season, he has had spells with David Pipe and Suzy Smith but appears to have found Morestead much to his liking.