Tim and Timmie in unstoppable form

13 March 2019

Timmie Roe became a leading contender for the Connolly’s RED MILLS Intermediate Championship Final when landing a 12-runner qualifier for that race at Kingston Blount on Saturday.
The eight-year-old scored by five lengths and the same from Latenightpass and Gadrose, two talented rivals who had won their previous races in good style. Timmie Roe proved their superior with a bit in hand, becoming yet another winner for evergreen rider Phil York and owner/trainer Tim Underwood, whose stables are based near Newbury.
Tim-Underwood-May-17-(Ce).JPGUnderwood said the Connolly’s RED MILLS hunters’ chase final at Cheltenham on Friday, May 3, is now on the agenda for eight-year-old Timmie Roe, but he added: “While I’d like to take him there I want to be sure he’s good enough – I don’t want to be out with the washing, and I’m quite realistic. I don’t think my geese are swans until they prove otherwise.”
On Saturday’s run Timmie Roe is set to prove a swan, and is already looking like he has become yet another example of horses who thrive under Underwood’s training regime. A former amateur rider who runs a printing business, he trained Tempelpirate to win eight races and land the Connolly’s RED MILLS leading horse title in the 2013/14 season.
Two days after Timmie Roe’s victory Underwood said: “He is 100 per cent after his win. He’s been out in a field, but he doesn’t do much when we turn him out because he’s so laid back. I ride him most days, and he seems to go half the pace when others are travelling quickly. He’s got such a long, long, relentless stride.
“I train him just like ‘Pirate’. I run him, then give him a week in a field, then one or two canters and run him again.”

The first four horses from Kingston Blount, which brings in fourth-placed Bi Quini Tiep, are all qualified for the £8,000 Connolly’s RED MILLS Final at Cheltenham, as are the first and second from any other intermediate point-to-point held this season.

Two further qualifying races sponsored by the feed manufacturer take place on Sunday – at Friars Haugh near Kelso in the Scottish Borders, and at Buckfastleigh in Devon.