Timmie Roe became a leading contender for the Connolly’s RED MILLS Intermediate Championship Final when landing a 12-runner qualifier for that race at Kingston Blount on Saturday.
The eight-year-old scored by five lengths and the same from Latenightpass and Gadrose, two talented rivals who had won their previous races in good style. Timmie Roe proved their superior with a bit in hand, becoming yet another winner for evergreen rider Phil York and owner/trainer Tim Underwood, whose stables are based near Newbury.
Underwood said the Connolly's RED MILLS hunters' chase final at Cheltenham on Friday, May 3, is now on the agenda for eight-year-old Timmie Roe, but he added: "While I'd like to take him there I want to be sure he's good enough – I don't want to be out with the washing, and I'm quite realistic. I don't think my geese are swans until they prove otherwise."
On Saturday's run Timmie Roe is set to prove a swan, and is already looking like he has become yet another example of horses who thrive under Underwood's training regime. A former amateur rider who runs a printing business, he trained Tempelpirate to win eight races and land the Connolly's RED MILLS leading horse title in the 2013/14 season.
Two days after Timmie Roe's victory Underwood said: "He is 100 per cent after his win. He's been out in a field, but he doesn't do much when we turn him out because he's so laid back. I ride him most days, and he seems to go half the pace when others are travelling quickly. He's got such a long, long, relentless stride.
"I train him just like 'Pirate'. I run him, then give him a week in a field, then one or two canters and run him again."
The first four horses from Kingston Blount, which brings in fourth-placed Bi Quini Tiep, are all qualified for the £8,000 Connolly's RED MILLS Final at Cheltenham, as are the first and second from any other intermediate point-to-point held this season.
Two further qualifying races sponsored by the feed manufacturer take place on Sunday – at Friars Haugh near Kelso in the Scottish Borders, and at Buckfastleigh in Devon.