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Three out of three ain’t bad! 19/09/08

Not many breeders can claim a clean sweep of winners to runners but Jeremy Hinds currently finds himself in that enviable position.

Smokey Rye, by former Overbury resident Bertolini, set the ball rolling when winning at Kempton last November. She was the first foal of Hinds’ Efisio mare Another Secret and the family has been given a further boost with the victory of her two-year-old full-sister, Smokey Ryder, on her third start at Folkestone in August.

The owner/breeder does not restrict his interest to the flat, however, as he also had a first-time-out bumper winner in August. Four-year-old Megasue, another first foal by Kayf Tara out of Megalex, strolled home to score by an impressive 24 lengths at Worcester. All three runners are in training with Gary Moore, who is based near to the Hinds family home in West Sussex.

“I’ve always kept to the same formula,” says Hinds, who has been breeding horses for five years but has had horses in training for eight. “Simon Sweeting has my mares and advises me on the matings, Tom Lacey does the breaking and pre-training and Gary Moore is my trainer. I’m very happy with the set-up.”

Another Secret and Megalex are both boarders at Overbury Stud and Hinds will have plenty to look forward to if the records of their early offspring are anything to go by. There are three- and two-year-old full siblings to Megasue in the pipeline and Megalex has a yearling by Kirkwall and a Proclamation foal at foot. The Karinga Bay mare, who raced in the colours of Hinds’ father Darrell, was named after Hinds’ children Megan and Alex and started the family on their successful racing and breeding quest.

Hinds says: “Megalex was the first horse I bought. She was a 60th birthday present for my father and when she retired we decided to breed from her.”

While Megalex was a winning hurdler, also trained by Gary Moore, the exploits of her daughter have left the breeder somewhat open-mouthed.

“We just didn’t expect that,” he admits. “To go out and win by so far on her first run was just amazing. We’d like to try and win another bumper with her and, who knows, perhaps even aim for the Champion Bumper at Cheltenham if we are really lucky but the plan is to go to Folkestone in a few weeks’ time and we’ll take it from there.”