Leech removes shackles for Olympian win
SOPHIE Leech has revealed how the decision to "go for it" with winning chaser Olympian Boy paid big dividends.
The Elton trainer had been waiting for the ground to dry out in order to get the best out of the eight-year-old.
However, after a succession of downpours continued to soften the ground up, she decided to bite the bullet and run him at Newton Abbot.
Despite fears the going may be too soft for him, Olympian Boy powered to a six-length victory in the hands of Paul Moloney and give Leech her third winner of the jumps campaign.
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Leech said: "We've always liked the horse but he does have a few problems.
"He'd been second at Newton Abbot the time before and I think he just really likes the track there.
"It wasn't his ground the other day but his owners have been very patient and we've been waiting and waiting for better ground but it's just never been coming.
"In the end we decided to just go for it – he has back problems and we couldn't keep him on the boil forever – and it paid off.
"Paul gets on really well with him. The horse can be keen but Paul gave him a great ride."
Leech is aiming Cheltenham winner Mostly Bob at the Betfred Summer Plate at Market Rasen on July 21.
After moving to Tudor Racing Stables from Philip Hobbs' yard, Mostly Bob wasn't quite ready in time for the John Smith's Summer Cup, which had been a possible target, at Uttoxeter tomorrow.