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Callaghan to have first US runner on Saturday

FORMER Newmarket-based trainer Simon Callaghan will have his first runner from his new base in the US on Saturday, when Locksley Hall contests a 6½f  maiden at Santa Anita.

Simon Callaghan - Trainer

Simon Callaghan: trains 14 horses

Callaghan, 26, spent two seasons in Newmarket after taking over from his father Neville in 2008 before moving to Santa Anita late last year.

He is no stranger to American racing,having been an assistant to Todd Pletcher for a couple of years in his early 20s.

"This is an opportunity to train a higher grade of horse," he said. "I have 14 horses at present, all of them from Europe. I'll be getting a few more from England in the near future, and will be at the Miami breeze-up sales next month looking for others."

He also told Daily Racing Form: "Michael Tabor was the one who suggested to me that I might benefit by working with Todd Pletcher. One of the horses I've brought with me from Newmarket, Turning Top, is owned by him."

 
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