Lycett upbeat over future at his new stable
SHAUN Lycett is enjoying a fresh start to his training career after completing his move to a new stable.
He has left Bourton Hill Farm in Bourton-on-the-Water and set up camp just a stone's throw away at Church Farm in Little Rissington.
As part of ongoing improvements, a former cowshed at his new headquarters – owned by mother and son Sue and Ben Firth – has been converted into stables for his horses.
Lycett is also relishing the chance to exercise his string on a new all-weather gallop, made from carpet fibres and shredded up carpet, owned by neighbour David Thorpe.
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Living up to the saying 'A change is as good as a rest', Lycett said the move has had a huge galvanising effect.
"It's freshened us up no end and I'm really pleased with the way things are going and I'm enjoying it," he said. "
"We've already built 19 stables here and if we get them all filled I'd be delighted, and we're tidying up the place and adding as we go.
"The gallop's absolutely amazing – there's no jar in it.
"All The Winds, who's always been a bit of a 'shuffley' horse, he loves the gallop because there's no jar in it.
"He seems like a different horse on this new gallop.
"He had a nice summer out and he's had nice long break and since he's been on this new gallop he's moving so much better.
"This season we'll be getting used it, finding out how many times they need to go up it and how fast they need to go to get them fit.
"We've never trained on anything like it and it's not until you bring horses in from not being fit to getting them fit and running them that you find out how much work they need to do.
"We might find we've not been doing enough so then we'll have to re-jig the work programme."
Lycett has shown his versatility as a trainer by saddling winner over jumps – he won the Worcester Racecourse trainers' championship two years ago – and on the Flat.
He said he would be occupying a similar two-pronged assault from Church Farm with the likes of All The Winds, Kalamill and stable stalwart Master Eddy.
"There's going to be a bedding-in process, but we'll try and have a good go at the all-weather during the winter," he said.
"We've got one or two winter jumpers, but mainly we half-gear up for a bit of Flat on the all-weather.
"Hopefully then next summer we'll be geared up the summer jumping again, which is what we normally do the best at, but because we've been so busy doing everything else this year we haven't done much at all – we've been very quiet.
"When we won the Worcester championship we had only ten horses in that year, so to win something like that meant the world to us.
"I love Worcester, it's a great track and we've done very well there.
"I had my first winner there and I enjoy going.
"I would like to get a few more Flat horses. There aren't many Flat horses around this area and I'm getting quite into that.
"I enjoy Flat racing, I think it's much easier than the jumping. I never thought I'd say it, because I've always been a jumping lad.
"But I enjoy going to Wolverhampton for a night-time meeting, it doesn't bother me at all. We won some nice prizes there last year."