OLIVER SHERWOOD INTERVIEW - 04/03/2016


Oliver Sherwood began his training career in 1984.  His greatest achievement came just last year with MANY CLOUDS when he won the Hennessy Gold Cup followed by the Grand National.  I caught up with Oliver briefly to ask him about Many Clouds and if he had any hopes for the future.

What has been your all-time career highlight?

Winning the Grand National

Which would you say your favourite racecourse is and your favourite race meeting in the calendar year?

Grand National Meeting.  Newbury and Fontwell are my favourite courses.

Many Clouds has been alloted just one pound heavier than last year for the Grand National.  I thought last year's performance was up there with the best Grand National displays ever and in my opinion he looks to have the best chance of emulating the great Red Rum and win back to back National's.  How is he doing and what do you make of his chance this year off a slightly higher weight?

He is in great form and very happy with his preparations.  However, on paper it looks a much hotter race than last year.

Who would you say at the weights would be Many Clouds' main threat?

All of them!

One of the highlight's of the season has surely been Rayvin Black whose win at the weekend proved that he's continued his progression.  I believe Cheltenham is not on the agenda but are you tempted by a trip to Aintree at all?

He has been in great order and ground will dictate where he runs next.  It might be a spin on the flat.

The Organist burst on to the Novice hurdle scene this year with two impressive displays at Huntingdon and Fontwell before dropping back in trip and losing out to Tara Flow.  She is entered in the Mares Novice Hurdle, are you likely to take her to Cheltenham?  And if so do you think good ground would be a help to her chances?

She will not run at Cheltenham in the Mares Hurdle.  She goes to Doncaster on Saturday for a Mares Listed Race.  Better ground will possibly help her.

Do you have any horses aimed at the Cheltenham handicaps?

No

Are there any horses that you believe may be a future Grade One performer?

Hopefully The Organist

If you had to back a horse not in your stable each way for a race at Cheltenham what would it be?

Saphir Du Rheu in the World Hurdle

Do you have an unraced horse/any unraced horses that readers should keep the right side of?

Hitherjacques Lady is a mare we like and due to run in a bumper soon.  Also Safe Harbour is lovely horse who will make a decent chaser in time.


Thank you to Oliver for taking the time out to speak to me.  All the best for the rest of the season.