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RACING: Digger delights Lacey
10:00am Saturday 9th March 2013 in Sport
Tom Lacey was delighted to saddle a winner with his first runner under National Hunt Rules when Trouble Digger scored at Lingfield – but he has no plans to take out a full training licence.
The 43-year-old, who specialises in breaking-in horses and pre-training at Pudlicote, near Chipping Norton, sent out the son of 1995 Ascot Gold Cup hero Double Trigger to land a maiden hunters’ chase under Sam Drinkwater.
Lacey, who served his apprenticeship under Captain Charles Radclyffe at Lew, near Witney, and was also head lad to Brian Meehan, said: “That is my first hunter chase winner, although I have had plenty of point-to-point winners.
“It is hard work this job, so it is always great to have a winner.”
Despite the success, Lacey has no thoughts of taking out a full licence.
“There are too many trainers struggling with 15 bad horses,” he added. “No-one in their right minds would do it.”