06 January 2011 Trainer Profile: Will Kinsey
by Arthur Shone
Ashton-based Will Kinsey talks to Arthur Shone about his string for the season.
Peel Hall is set in some 250 acres of scenic Cheshire countryside in Ashton, Nr Chester and is home to Point-to-Point Trainer and Rider Will Kinsey.
The facilities at the yard are very impressive; there is an AW two furlong gallop and an abundance of grass gallops, the Trainer's father Richard has left 12 metres from the inside of quite a few of the fields for the horses to work on, all 20 boxes are full and he has planning permission to build another six.
Kinsey rode his first winner for Wolverhampton Trainer Paul Jones on Master Jock in 2000 and with almost 40 already under belt, he is very much enjoying the training side as well as riding winners.
There was a time when the Kinsey's mother Julie, the former Master of the Cheshire Forest, used to train the family's own Pointers as a hobby, the best of which was Fibreguide Tech. However all that changed when she handed over the reins to her son Will in 2006; he has expanded the yard to include a lot of outside Owners.
After 12 months of training and riding between the flags, he decided to work as Assistant Trainer at Cholmondley to Donald McCain and still rode between the flags, an experience that he described as invaluable and a great learning curve.
Will Kinsey's father Richard has a permit licence to train under Rules and was very instrumental in expanding the family's equestrian business, which is proving to be successful as they buy young horses and bring them on to sell at the sales later. They also graze horses for Goldford Stud, which is owned by Bangor and Chester director Richard Aston.
Will Kinsey feels that in the not too distant future he would like to take out a full licence under Rules; he has passed all the exams and in his own words, it is just a case of getting the timing right. However he is for now firmly focused on the new 2010/11 Point-to-Point season. He will have around 20 horses in training for the new campaign; his nominated dark horse for the new season is Strike Fast
ALPHA VICTOR - 6 YR GELDING
"David Wesley Yates who owns Monet's Garden has a quarter share in this horse. He is back in full work and is going really well on the gallops, will act on any ground. He has been jumping well and has schooled really well and hopefully should win a Maiden."
ECHO INDIA - 7YR GELDING
"He would definitely have won an Intermediate race at Bangor had the saddle not slipped. He ran well in defeat at Tabley and was a bit unlucky last season to be honest. He is working well at home and I would be very happy if he improved just 10% on last year, deserves to get his head in front in 2011."
GLENAROUSKE - 11YR GELDING
"He missed last season through injury; we bought him from Jimmy Mangan in Ireland. He had useful form in Ireland between the flags. He finished runner at Flagg and at Whittington last season. I was pleased with his run at Whittington and hopefully we can win a Restricted with him this season."
GONGAR LANE - 6YR MARE
"This is an unraced mare; she is a big strong type by Terimon. I will start her off locally in Point-to-Points. I have always quite liked her and I am looking forward to her running in her Maiden this season. It will be interesting to see how far we go with her."
HEEZBEHINDYOU - 10YR GELDING
"I was pleased with the way he won his Maiden at Eyton last season, and he should win a Restricted with a bit of luck, the win at Eyton would have done his confidence a lot of good."
JOE'S A LAD - 9YR GELDING
"I bought the horse in the summer off Donald McCain and he finished second in a bumper at Uttoxeter and has been placed in two Novice hurdle races. Under Rules he had a rating of 102. He has been working well an home and will be a useful addition to the yard."
LE SEYCHELLOIS - 11YR GELDING
"He was the champion horse in the Area last season when trained in Anglesey by Richard Hewitt. He loves Tabley as he has won his last three races there. I am pleased that Richard (Hewitt) has sent me the horse to train, we will keep mainly to Mens Open races with him."
SATCH - 5YR GELDING
"We ran him in a Maiden at Bangor where he paid the price for over-jumping and fell. He then ran in a bumper a few months later as a confidence booster. He has strengthened up and will hopefully win a Maiden this season."
STRIKE FAST - 6YR GELDING
"I think a lot of him, he is a nice type by Portrait Gallery who was placed in his Maiden in Ireland at Dromahane. Has been working nicely at home and will need a bit of cut in the ground. I rate him a big hope for the yard for the coming season." (Dark Horse Selection)
THE DISCO KID - 7YR GELDING
"He used to be trained in Ireland by Thomas Cooper, he is half-brother to the useful Sweet Citizen. He was a bit nervous last season so I have tried rebreaking him and he is doing much better this season, he would not be here if I did not think he had ability."