A Trainer Sends A Single Runner On A 410 Mile Round Trip To Southwell Today

Southwell - November 30 2021
Southwell 15:30
Ben Godfrey

Midnight Callisto

Ben Godfrey
Anthony Honeyball
Age: 6
Weight: 11-12
OR: 100
Days: 28

A trainer on Tuesday is looking to have a winner at Southwell over the jumps, sending just one runner to the Nottinghamshire based track on the day, which sees the handler make a 410 mile round trip.

When we see trainers coming such a long way to just run the one horse we like to highlight it, as we believe they would not be coming all that way if it did not have a real chance.

The trainer in question is Anthony Honeyball who boasts a respectable 16% strike rate with horses travelling at least this distance; his runner, Midnight Callisto, is his only representative across all courses on Tuesday.

Six year-old mare Midnight Callisto holds some impressive bumper form to her name, winning on debut before subsequently going on to place in a Listed contest at Market Rasen behind some useful types.

She has since made the switch to hurdling and on the back of her early bumper promise there has been high expectations surrounding her ability over obstacles, going off as favourite in all five of her initial jumps contests, failing to deliver in each of them.

The daughter of Midnight Legend is no forlorn of hope however, finishing with respectable 3rd and 4th placed finishes across those runs, although is yet to repay the punters faith.

She returned from a 8 month break last time out at Exeter, on the back of a wind operation, was well backed into favouritism on her return, and was clearly expected to have returned a much better rounded article following her layoff.

She only managed 6th however, was clearly in need of the run after tiring late on, and she is now expected to strip much fitter and progress forward from that effort.

She is again seeing plenty money in the market, opinions on her clearly remaining the same, that she should be a much better rounded proposition over jumps this season, and she now travels an eye-catchingly long way to compete.

Very interesting.


Max McClellan