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Horse racing trainer Colin McBratney has had to sit-and-suffer a poor time of things on the results front. It has been 279 days since his last racecourse triumph.

This meticulous handler is long enough in the game to grasp sometimes getting a winner is harder than it seems, you just have to ‘ride the storm’ as such.

Templeburn Stud is the home of Colin McBratney Racing. Based near the town of Crossgar, Co. Down it lies in the heart of Northern Ireland’s modest horse racing scene. It is 10 miles from Downpatrick Racecourse and 15 miles from Down Royal Racecourse. From his base here, McBratney has forged a successful career for himself as a well-respected handler.

Like countless other trainers Colin comes from a farming background. His Father and Brother David have always kept horses, from jumpers to show horses. His brother David trained point to pointers and Colin took over the reins from him; he got a few winners and then started to concentrate on racehorses.

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During the 15 years or so since Colin took out his trainers’ licence, he has accomplished a satisfactory degree of success. As well as that remarkable Galway Plate success with Ballyholland in 2009 – the first Northern Ireland winner of that particular race in 35 years.

The return to form on Monday afternoon at Downpatrick racecourse, will be very much welcomed by McBratney’s team. From three runners they finished 2-5-3 that elusive winner looks imminent on the basis of them encouraging results.

At the time of writing McBratney has no forthcoming entries however I’d be keeping a close eye on his declarations in the coming days and weeks, in particular the Galway races. The return to form of Colin McBratney is on the horizon.