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Hammersly Lake Obituary

  • Hammersly Lake winning at Perth in 2018
    Hammersly Lake winning at Perth in 2018
  • Hammersly Lake winning at Perth 2017
    Hammersly Lake winning at Perth 2017
  • Hammersly Lake
    Hammersly Lake
  • Hammersly Lake and Alan
    Hammersly Lake and Alan
  • Hammersly Lake and Alan
    Hammersly Lake and Alan
  • Hammersly Lake and Alice
    Hammersly Lake and Alice
  • Hammersly Lake January 2018
    Hammersly Lake January 2018
  • Hammersly Lake
    Hammersly Lake
  • Hammersly Lake before going to America in 2017
    Hammersly Lake before going to America in 2017
  • Alan and Hammersly Lake
    Alan and Hammersly Lake

15 May 2019

Hammersly Lake was our highest ever rated horse peaking at a handicap mark of 165, and he was probably one of the highest rated horses to run through the summer. Unfortunately he was found this morning in the stable after suffering from an aneurysm overnight.

The winner of a hurdle race and 7 chases amassing a grand total of £230,190 in prize money. He ran twice in the American Grand National at Far Hills and won a Veterans’ qualifier at Fakenham only last month. We bought him at the Goff’s UK Horses In Training Sale two years ago out of Nicky Henderson’s yard after he had won a brace of chases including the Intermediate Handicap Chase at Haydock.

That 2017 summer, he finished runner up in two good handicap chases before winning at Perth in September. He then went to America where he finished fifth in the American Grand National on ground which was too soft.

He returned to training the following spring and had a successful summer, winning at Cartmel, finishing second at Uttoxeter before returning to Perth to repeat his win of 2018 in emphatic fashion. A return trip to Far Hills resulted in a seventh place in the American Grand National. This spring, when stepped up to 3 miles he ran well at Warwick to finish 3rd before winning his 8th and final race at Fakenham carrying 12st 7lbs only 3 weeks ago.

Hammer will be a great loss at Hull Farm, he was a great character and was a fantastic horse to deal with. My thoughts are with his great owner Rob Aplin and my fantastic team at this difficult time, especially Alice who always lead him up and Alan who rode him on a daily basis.

Thank you Hammer for being the most amazing horse to train, we will miss you.

 

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