Lee makes debut at Cheltenham


Gavin Grosvenor

KERRY Lee is hoping she has many more Cheltenham Festival’s ahead of her after completing her first as a licensed trainer.

‘Jayo Time’ finished 12th in the Close Brothers Novices' Handicap Chase on day one of the festival.

James and Jean Potter owned Top Gamble and Grey Gold were Lee’s other runners, however due to fast ground the horses did not run.

However the Presteigne trainer was happy with her first festival and her incredible start to life as trainer.

She said: “We had ‘Jayo Time’ in the first race, and it ran respectably against a lot of good horses.

“It has been a great first season, the strike rate with 22 winners, and £370,000 in prize money has been great.”

Lee’s first Crabbie’s Grand National is just around the corner, and preparations are well under way with two hopeful runners.

She added: “It is all systems go now. We have ‘Bishop’s Road’ at 48 in the scratchings stage and ‘Mountainous’ at 61, so realistically we are hoping Bishop’s Road will get in.”

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