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Morris to take charge of Rob Lloyd's yard

PAT MORRIS, who enjoyed a healthy strike-rate with his British raiders, has left the Curragh to take charge of Rob Lloyd's multi-million pound state-of-the art training establishment in Cheshire.

Morris, 32, and his family last week completed the move to Haycroft Farm, near Tarporley, which has been unoccupied since the departure of David Murray-Smith last September.

At the time Lloyd, chief executive of Mold-based property developers Easton Group plc who has invested £4m on the project, said he hoped to appoint a new trainer within a month, but while the process has taken longer than anticipated, he is confident of having found the right man.

Although the progress of the yard and its facilities have been hampered by the local authority banning the use of the all-weather gallop, that obstacle has now been overcomeand Morris is expected to have around 52 horses of which roughly half are owned by Lloyd.

Among the horses Morris, who has been training for eight years and sent out 10 winners from a small team last year, has brought with him includeAlqaahir who was successful at Kempton before Christmas and the penultimate runner from his Curragh base, along with Ask Jenny and Radiator Rooney, both of whom recorded all-weather victories for him in Britain during 2008.

Lloyd said: "Things haven't run smoothly since I took over Haycroft Farm, and it has cost an awful lot of money, but I don't give up that easily and I think that with Pat, we have got the right guy. He is very enthusiastic, he has trained a lot of winners in Ireland, and he is very committed and wants to do well."

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