Horse trainer gets his first winner at Newcastle

Total Assets  ridden by Grand National winning jockey Ryan Mania.
Total Assets ridden by Grand National winning jockey Ryan Mania.

A Northumberland horse trainer has had his first winner at Newcastle Racecourse.

Total Assets, who is trained by Simon Waugh at the Northumberland Racing Club, won the third race last Saturday.

Victoria Knox, from Rothbury, runs the horse’s syndicate, with members from Alnwick as well as other high-profile names such as Robson Green.

And it was Grand National-winning jockey Ryan Mania who took Total Assets across the finish line to win.

Simon took out a full licence to train under rules two years ago and set up the club at Molesden, near Mitford.

His daughter, Amie, an accomplished point-to-point jockey, is a key work rider and did all the schooling of Total Assets.

She also rode a good second at the Alnwick point-to-point just before Christmas, on a horse called White Abbey.

Total Assets ran a reasonable race at Perth in her first race over hurdles and came second at Musselburgh on December 9.

Victoria said: “It was a very difficult and gutsy decision of Simon’s to run Total Assets at Newcastle on the first Saturday in 2014 rather than the day before at Musselburgh.

“It would have been a less ambitious decision to go back to Musselburgh over the same distance to see if she could perhaps go one better, but Simon had analysed the facts carefully.

“And he was right – she won, battling hard and going away again at the finish.”

The club did previously have another horse, Aw Ripe China, who had to be put down at Sedgefield races, and are on the lookout for another.

Members at Northumberland Racing Club pay £700 a year to own the horse.