Warren Greatrex the trainer of One Track Mind the Punchestown Grade One winner has said that he can’t wait to send the horse over fences next season.
The six year old dominated the field to win the Ladbrokes Champion Stayers Hurdle to pull off a long held plan for connections.
The obvious temptation is to keep the horse hurdling but Greatrex has said that he is eager to see how the horse copes with bigger obstacles. Greatrex said that One Track Mind “jumps hurdles like a chaser and while it is always tempting to stay hurdling, having won a Grade One and proved he is a high-class hurdler, the sky is the limit for him over fences.”
Greatrex went on to say that the horse possesses all the qualities you want in a chaser and he is very excited about the future. Furthermore, he claims that One track Mind is still a bit unfurnished so should come back even stronger next season.
As One Track Mind is only six he can have a proper novice season and Greatrex has hopes that one day he will develop into a Gold Cup horse. He said that they wanted to bring him to Punchestown last year but he wasn’t quite ready so he was pleased to be able to do so this year.
In other news the 2014 Grand National hero Pineau De Re has been retired. The 13 year old was pulled up at Uttoxeter over the weekend and his trainer Dr Richard Newland said that it was time to call it a day. The horse was bought by John Provan specifically to win the National so the fact that he has done so is immensely satisfying.
Nonetheless, Newland said that the horse is still in great shape and that they are looking to retrain him.