Puffin Billy blows his rivals away at Ascot

20:37 21 December 2012

Puffin Billy ridden by Barry Geraghty to win the Mitie Kennel Gate Novices Hurdle race during the Christmas Meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire. Picture: Phil Cole/PA Wire

Puffin Billy ridden by Barry Geraghty to win the Mitie Kennel Gate Novices Hurdle race during the Christmas Meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire. Picture: Phil Cole/PA Wire

PA Wire/Press Association Images

Horse Talk: Top horse-racing tips and the latest news

Trainer Oliver Sherwood praised his rising star Puffin Billy who remains unbeaten after he thumped a boutique field in one of the two feature races at Ascot on Friday.

The four-year-old proved to have plenty in hand over his three rivals as he eased to a five length victory in the two mile, Grade 2 Mitie Kennel Gate Novices’ Hurdle, under jockey Barry Geraghty who rode a treble today.

The success was the son of Heron Island’s fourth in as many starts and Sherwood believes Puffin Billy is the best he has trained since multiple Group 1 winner Large Action 20 years ago.

“He is the best I’ve had since Large Action. There is no doubt. Until the bubble bursts I will enjoy it,” Sherwood said.

“He used to bolt blind and has gone from being a tearaway to being completely chilled which is a credit to the team at home.

“Any horse who can come off the bridle like that in a Grade 2 race is a bit special.

“I am very aware that he is only a four-year-old and there is still plenty of improvement. I am not wrapping him up in cotton wool but I want to look after him.

“I want to give him one more run before Cheltenham, maybe in late January. He will be entered in the two and two and a half mile races at Cheltenham.”

Related articles

Live Blog Transfer Window Live July 28


Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
2 3 4 5 6

Latest football news

Tuesday, August 4, 2015
Hugo Lloris of Spurs applauds the fans after the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham and Hull in May. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Hugo Lloris has just ‘a small chance’ of lining up for Tottenham when they travel to Old Trafford on Saturday lunchtime.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015
Alessio Romagnoli of AS Roma (Photo by Robertus Pudyanto/Getty Images)

It has been another busy day in the transfer market for the London clubs. Here are the top stories.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015
Leyton Orient manager Ian Hendon looks on from the dugout at Woking (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Maidstone United boss reveals Orient are in talks about signing Jack Parkinson

Tuesday, August 4, 2015
The Arsenal players celebrate Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's goal on Sunday. Will he be joining Palace's Wayne Hennessey, Swansea's Kyle Naughton, Southampton's Matt Targett and Villa's Scott Sinclair in your Fantasy Premier League side? (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Having problems making that £100m Fantasy Premier League kitty stretch? Then read the second of our fantasy football season previews where we’ve picked five cheap starters for gameweek 1 who are all owned than less than 7% of players.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015
Charlie Austin of QPR celebrates (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)

Former Newcastle and West Ham midfielder Lee Bowyer believes Charlie Austin should move to St James’s Park this summer.

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...


You could be zooming around a track of your choice!

Are you a competitive adrenaline junkie with a need for speed? Or looking for a fun family day out?

Read more
Get your hands on some fresh trainers!

Need some new shoes to head to work or some new heels for a night on the cobbles? London24 has teamed up with online retailer Sole Trader to offer £100 worth of shoes to one lucky reader.

Read more
Take in the stunning sites of London from the summit of the O2!

Up at The O2 has teamed up with London24 to give one lucky reader the chance to experience urban mountaineering this summer with an exhilarating 90-minute climb across the roof of one of London’s most iconic landmarks.

Read more