Flood returns to training ranks
DAVID FLOOD is back in business after taking over the Shropshire yard recently vacated by Grand National-winning trainer Steve Brookshaw.
The latest twist in Flood's eventful career comes just over three weeks after he relinquished his licence when splitting with his employer, Cheltenham-based Results Racing, following an abortive two-month return to the training ranks.
"It is hard to believe David Flood would be saying this, but I would like to thank from the bottom of my heart John Smith, manager of the BHA licensing department, and stable inspector, Andy Streeter, because they have been really helpful," said Flood, 40, who is determined to restore his reputation after serving a two-year disqualification.
Remaining in the same locality made transferring Flood's 17 horses from Tedsmore Racing Stables nearOswestry a relatively straightforward exercise and has meant his children have not had to switch schools.
"A hundred per cent of my owners, who were with me before Results Racing came along, have stayed with me, and I really can't wait to get going again," said Flood who, despite the setbacks, has never lost faith in his own ability.
"This will be the first time, and that's including my ban, that my horses, my staff and my ability to train horses won't be compromised.
"To me this is the real start back after my ban because I was ina no-win situation up to now.
"I know it's not going to be easy, but Iam no different from the guy who trained a Group winner a couple of seasons ago when I was also responsible for Jonny Ebeneezer winning more races than any other horse in the country.
"The only difference is I have experience now, determination to die for, and I am going to work so hard to make this a success and get back to where I believe I should be."
Flood aims to have his first runners from his new base, where he is confident of quickly filling the 11 empty boxes, at Wolverhampton on Friday evening.