Racehorse trainer Jennie a winner with punters at Hexham

PUNTERS who follow local trainer Jennie Candlish’s racehorses from her Basford Green yard have landed a big pay day.

Jennie sent just one runner – Costa Percy – all the way up north to Hexham for its hurdles debut in a two-mile juvenile race today.

The three year old gelding, owned by Paul and Clare Rooney, came home first at rewarding odds of 8/1 at the Northumberland course, ridden by jockey Sean Quinlan.

The Rooney’s blue and yellow racing silks have rapidly become a familiar sight at Britain’s racecourses.

The Scottish-based couple have no fewer than 120 horses in training – up from 90 last year – spread out among 24 different trainers.

Paul Rooney is not short of ‘a bob or two’, having taken his Horsham-based Arun Estates into the Sunday Times Rich List last year.

Costa Percy’s sire is Sir Percy, one of Britain’s leading two year olds in 2005, a winner of the prestige Dewhurst Stakes on Newmarket’s famous Rowley Mile.