23rd Sep, 2020

Cricketer Max jumps to it for new challenge

Ben Tyler 13th Dec, 2019

AFTER overcoming a series of hurdles in Droitwich Spa Cricket Club’s great escape last season, Max Young is now going the distance as a horse trainer.

Taboo – trained by Young – strode to victory by 12 lengths in the two-mile, five-furlong Carmarthenshire Hunt point-to-point race at Ffos Las racecourse, giving the cricket captain a boost of confidence as the jumps season gets into full swing.

“Only three years ago, I was training a couple of horses in the afternoon after I finished my work riding out for other yards,” said Young, based at Sneads Green near Droitwich.

“But since turning full-time in August 2017, we’re now training 21 horses and generating lots of interest.

“It’s brilliant to get a winner from our early season runners, I couldn’t be happier at how the yard is progressing with a great team around me who are equally driven to succeed and share the very highest standards when it comes to looking after our horses and their owners.”

Taboo, ridden by jockey Kai Lenihan, was the clear winner in south west Wales, leading the field from the start to the finish and jumping hurdles with full confidence.

In only the second race under the guidance of Young, the horse put to bed a 26-race losing sequence that had accumulated during meetings in Ireland.

Following the race win, the ten-year-old mare is set to appear at the first Chaddesley Corbett race of the campaign on Friday December 27, where Young and jockey Lenihan will have their fingers crossed for a follow-up success.

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