REBECCA Davies reflects on Kerry Lee's accomplishments.

Herefordshire is a county steeped in racing families.

Champion jockey Richard Johnson is born and bred here and his family have a rich history in the sport.

Leading jockey Tom Scudamore also heralds from the county and his brother Michael trains from Bromsash near Ross-on-Wye.

And then we have the Lee family.

Richard Lee trained with great success for many years and in the Summer of 2015 handed over the reins to his daughter Kerry.

She has since more than proven herself as a trainer to follow for the future.

Add to this the connection of Tom Lee, Kerry’s brother, who is a key member of the Irish RTE Terrestrial Racing Team and you have a winning combination.

Kerry’s inaugural season last year saw her finish with a respectable 25 winners (including a Grade 1 winner which is almost unheard of for a rookie trainer) and she and her team are well on the way to surpassing that this year.

She has already sent out 17 winners from her stables at Byton and the last two weeks has seen a real flurry of form.

At our last meeting, Kerry saddled the first and second home in our richest race to date, the £20,000 Handicap Steeplechase.

The winner, Goodtoknow, is entered in Aintree’s £1m Grand National in spring and the runner-up was the old favourite Mountainous who won last season’s Coral Welsh National.

With a yard catering for 30 horses and focusing on individual attention for each horse, Kerry is focusing on a niche aspect of racehorse training as opposed to a numbers game.

That is why it could be worth keeping an eye on runners sent out from the Kerry Lee yard, especially at her local track which she has supported in earnest since its reopening.

One to follow in particular is Gino Trail who holds an entry the Arkle Chase at the Cheltenham Festival and who has his credentials on the line at either Warwick or Newbury this weekend.

Looking ahead to the Festival, our preview evening on Friday, March 3 promises a great evening with the panel including Richard Johnson, champion trainer Paul Nicholls and Cornelius Lysaght from BBC Radio 5 Live. Tickets are £30 and include a Hereford beef stew supper and ticket to our pre-festival race meeting on Saturday, March 11.

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