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Henry Brooke: Reaching 500 Winners Is A Fantastic Achievement

“I’ve definitely got the drive and the determination to give it a go.”

It was great to be back in the saddle on Saturday after a short spell on the sidelines.

Another Win In The Eider

The highlight of the weekend was winning the Eider Chase at Newcastle on Anglers Crag for Brian Ellison. We’ve had success in the Eider before when we teamed up to win on Sam’s Adventure in 2021, but it was amazing to win it again for Brian.

Newcastle is a track that is very close to Brian’s heart, with him being a Geordie. He loves having winners there, whether it’s on the flat or over jumps. It was also nice to repay Anglers Crag’s owner, Derrick Mossop. He has had a lot of faith in me since I’ve been associated with the horse.

The race on the whole went quite smoothly until he made a mistake at the second last fence, but he did really well to get back on terms to get the better of Princes Des Fichaux on the run-in.

It’s been quite the journey with Anglers Crag this winter. He’s now won four on the spin after previously winning at Carlisle, Market Rasen, and Musseburgh before the weekend. We thought he was well-treated going into the Carlisle race, even though he only scrambled home that day. He’s a very talented little horse that just keeps on improving.

Scottish Grand National On The Agenda

Now that we know he stays four miles, his next target will be the Scottish Grand National at Ayr in April. It will certainly be his biggest test to date, but I think he’ll be suited by the tempo of the race, as they’ll go a lot quicker. I’m already looking forward to it.

Next up is 1,000

Anglers Crag also helped me reach a personal milestone on Saturday as I rode my 500th UK winner. It is a fantastic achievement to reach a milestone like that. I’ve always dreamt of reaching 1,000 winners and I’m really going to have to pull my finger out to get to that number. I am just not sure if my body will hold up to it with the injuries I’ve had over the years, but I’ve definitely got the drive and the determination to give it a go.

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