Kent’s flat success

Brigg trainer Nick Kent .
Brigg trainer Nick Kent .
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Brigg trainer Nick Kent has shown he has adapted his yard at Newstead to good effect by saddling a couple of winners on the flat in the same week.

Jockey Michael Stainton won on board both horses - Celtic Sixpence and Skyfire.

Celtic Sixpence was a 25/1 shot won for the Newstead yard at Thirsk in a handicap over 7 furlongs. Two days earlier, Skyfire (8/1) showed them all a clean pair of heels over a mile at Ripon in a field of ten.

“Both have been knocking on the door for a while and it just came right for them each to get their first win in the same week, though at different courses,” said Kent.

Nick Kent first had considerable success with his jumpers over point to point and then as a permit holder in hunter chases under national hunt rules.

In 2012, he took out a full licence and his yard has developed since.

Horses such as Farmer Frank and Combustible Kate have generally given a good account of themselves over the sticks, particularly at their local Market Rasen track, and he will continue to turn out plenty of jumpers.

Now though, with the stable gradually filling up, it is Kent’s hope to get some winners on the flat in the summer turf season and these two successes were a step in the right direction.