Amanda Perrett is aiming for a successful Glorious week which will keep her leading the way in the race to be Goodwood’s top trainer of 2013.
The Pulborough-based handler was the first winner of the Dick Hern Trophy when it was commissioned in 2002 as an award given to the track’s top trainer at the end of each season.
She’s not won it in the decade since.
But she heads into Glorious Goodwood in pole position, with six winners on the Downs at the eight meetings that have preceded the festival.
That’s one more than Richard Hannon, two clear of Sir Michael Stoute – and, perhaps surprisingly, well ahead of Johnston, who has only two winners at Goodwood so far.
Perrett is also 10th in the list of current trainers with the most Goodwood wins, with 61 to her name.
It’s clearly an important trophy for Perrett and trainers in general.
‘There’s always inter-trainer rivalry,’ said Perrett.
‘You want to be the top trainer, whether at a particular course or overall.
‘I was delighted to win the Dick Hern Trophy in 2002 and I’d love to win it again.
‘But whatever happens over the rest of the season, you need good results at Glorious Goodwood to do that.’
Good results at the festival are certainly not beyond Perrett.
She’s already shown Goodwood race-goers what good form her string are in this season.
And Perrett looks on course to pass the 50-winner mark from her 60-strong string for the first time in three seasons.
Her Downland wins have come from Head of Steam (8/1), Arch Villain (7/2), Saucy Minx twice (5/2 and 9/2 ), Royal Signaller (8/1), Extrasolar (4/1).
She said: ‘It makes it so much easier when your horses are in good form and good health.’
Four of her six Goodwood pre-Glorious winners this season have come out of Perrett’s profitable partnership with jockey Pat Dobbs.
At least one of those is likely to be seen again at Glorious.
‘We had a few horses that missed Royal Ascot for various reasons,’ she said.
‘But we have planned our season around Glorious Goodwood and we hope to have quite a number of runners.
‘Seamus Buckley and his groundstaff do a fantastic job.
‘You send a horse to Goodwood confident in the knowledge it will be safe.
‘They’re racing on a good track – though not an easy track – and from our yard it’s a short journey, which can be an advantage.’
n You can read more from Amanda Perrett – plus the thoughts of jockeys William Buick and Hayley Turner, Goodwood duo Adam Waterworth and Seamus Buckley, Channel 4 Racing’s Rishi Persad and more – in the free 60-page Glorious magazine produced by The News’ owners Johnston Press.
Don’t miss out – pick your copy up at The News reception desk at 1000 Lakeside, or at the racecourse during the festival.