Pogo I Am provides a memorable first win from Higher Crockermoor

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Pogo I Am delivered our first winner since we moved last month to our new, state of the art modern yard at Higher Crockermoor Farm in West Dorset.

While we still have a few things to finalise the sight of our first NH runner since we left Seaborough winning comfortably was an exciting reward for all the hard work put in by our team over the past few months.

The decision to make a fresh start on our own land had been in the pipeline for a while and Ciara and I could not be happier. To have planned it all from scratch and see it come to fruition is fantastic.

We have built eighty boxes in three brand new barns, and are thrilled with how the horses have taken to our freshly installed uphill all weather gallop.

Now with most of our team of jumpers having just returned from their summer holidays it is a question of completing the round sand gallop and the owners’ room.

It was certainly a big thrill to see Pogo I Am give us the perfect start from Higher Crockermoor in a division of a mares’ novice hurdle at Stratford in the colours of her breeders Sandie and David Newton.

They soon had further cause for celebration when they learned shortly after the race that the success of their mare will see them become the first jumps owners and breeders to collect a further payment of almost £20,000 under the Great British Bonus scheme.

No wonder Sandie exclaimed “That will pay the training fees for a year! Earning a bonus of six times the value of the prize money is massive and it’s good that Harry and his staff can share our good fortune”.

Pogo I Am had showed fair form in four bumpers before finishing third on her debut over hurdles at Worcester last August when she picked up a little knock which put her on the sidelines for a while.

Her schooling recently has been much better and as she has thrived since the move we were very hopeful that with a clear round she would be the one to get us off the mark on Wednesday.

I thought Pogo I Am jumped soundly on her way to winning with something to spare despite a brief moment of alarm on the final bend caused by a loose horse.

Although she is not the biggest, I would expect her to go on from this and hopefully win again under a penalty in another novice hurdle.

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