Kayley Woollacott: ‘I think Richard would be really proud of Lalor’ | Chris Cook

Devon trainer vows to carry on her late husband’s work and is looking forward to what the new jumps season brings

Autumn is the time for renewal in north Devon, where Kayley Woollacott is facing up to the new jump season with a new sponsor and sense of determination to continue the work begun by her husband, Richard, whose death in January left the racing world in shock. Woollacott, who has spent the summer upgrading her old point to point yard, is gratified to find herself so well supported by owners and has high hopes for her team of horses, led by the top-class Lalor.

“I think Richard would be really proud of the horse,” the 32-year-old says as she reflects on the emotionally charged day in April when Lalor won Aintree’s Top Novice Hurdle during the Grand National festival. “He’d be proud of everybody here.”

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