Mark Walford is looking forward to saddling his first runner under Rules

Last Updated: 03/02/14 3:00pm

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Market Rasen: Scene of Mark Walford's first runner under Rules

Market Rasen: Scene of Mark Walford's first runner under Rules

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Mark Walford believes his experience with top trainers John Quinn and Mick Channon will stand him in good stead as he begins his career as a trainer on Tuesday.

The 30-year-old takes over the reins at his father Tim Walford's dual-purpose stable at Cornborough Manor at Sheriff Hutton near York with two runners, Lilly's Legend and Shimla Dawn, at Market Rasen.

A former amateur rider, Walford has had a good grounding working for Channon and Quinn, after which he returned home to be assistant to his father.

The changing of roles has been in the offing for a year and the young trainer cannot wait to get going.

"For a year now we've been thinking about it. I have my first two runners tomorrow at Market Rasen, so hopefully we'll get off to a flying start," he said.

"I can't wait. We've got some nice horses. My mum (Gillian) and my dad have built a real platform for me to go forward from.

"We've got 30 horses in the yard, spread 50-50 between Flat and jumps.

"I've been working for my father about six years now. I was at John Quinn's before that for two years and before that I was assistant to Mick Channon for two years.

"They were both great places. John Quinn's is a yard we can build ours up to in

time and have a bit of everything.

"I was there when we had that good old sprinter Fantasy Believer, Blythe Knight and Leslingtaylor, horses like that.

"You have to take three courses and I did them all at Doncaster. Everything's in place.

"My father will still be there. It's all a team effort anyway - my dad, mum and the staff, it's not going to change.

"I've got a few new ideas and it will be my decision that's final now. My dad will still be a big part of it.

"Dad trained pointers since I was born and he's had a full licence for about 15 years."

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