When Jonny Portman started training twenty years ago, his first winner was for Simon Skinner, who has been a staunch supporter of the stable ever since.
Loyalty was repaid in spades at Kempton when New Heights won a £20,000 bonus from the GBB scheme and put a large smile on the octogenarian owner's face...and also the trainer too!
Exactly a year ago, Jonny Portman attended Tattersalls Book 2 sales to replenish his stables. His good friend Ed Player from Whatton Manor Stud guided him the way towards an Intello filly that he was selling that he fully recommended.
Portman never expected his bid of 12,000 Guineas to be successful, let alone that a year later this filly would have more than repaid her purchase price with an unexpected bonus. "I will certainly be looking at every GBB eligible filly at Tattersalls this week. It's a fantastic scheme!"