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Steward smiling despite enduring difficult year.

Byline: Chepstow James Burn

LOUIS STEWARD, the apprentice who looked destined for big things after capturing the Ebor and Balmoral Handicap in 2014, partnered his seventh winner of the year when steering Notalot to victory in the nursery and still raised a smile despite admitting how difficult things had become.

"Racing can drop you as quickly as it picks you up," said the measured Steward, who rides mainly for Notalot's trainer Michael Bell.

"It's not quite been my year. I'm riding out for more people but not getting as many chances."

Steward, who rode 37 winners in 2014 and 25 last term, is 12 short of losing his claim.

He added: "Moaning doesn't help. You've to learn to take these things on the chin and try to keep happy."

Second to Notalot was Bayston Hill, finishing in that spot for the fifth successive time.

He was awarded a race by the Wolverhampton stewards last month, but subsequently lost it at the BHA's London headquarters.

Hot Flint John Flint is having a summer to remember and Prim And Proper, who won the mile handicap, was another advertisement for his training talents.

Flint, based near Bridgend, had two winners from six Flat runners in June and four from 13 last month.

"Long may it continue," he said: "We've 12 in and can train anything. The gallops are universal and every horse gets the individual treatment they can get in a small yard; if one's fed up we take him down the beach in the morning."

Flint was getting slightly fed up with Prim And Proper, who struck under Daniel Muscutt, now just two winners away from losing his claim.

"I told Daniel to be patient and it worked well - you've got to kid her," said the trainer Perfect day Clive Cox's horses remain in good heart and Perfect Quest was an easy winner of the 1m2f handicap for fillies and mares.

"In 20 years in racing I think this is the first day I've been to Chepstow and it's not been raining," said Cox's assistant Shaun Johnson.

Thought for the day Louis Steward spoke with a maturity beyond his 21 years and that will surely stand him in good stead for a long career in the sport.

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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Aug 10, 2016
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