When Jackfrost left the Haworth stables a couple of years ago, Buddy Lammas must have thought he had seen the last of the grey’s saddle.
But on Sunday the pair will carry a power of punters’ money in the Great Northern Hurdles.
“I actually rode him when he was a 3 and four year old,” said Lammas of this year’s Grand National winner.
After heading for a new life in the South, Jackfrost had a brief spell with Andrew Carston before turning up at the Andertons for a hurdling career.
Four hurdles wins later, he is a worthy Northern favourite.
When National-winning jock Stuart Higgins suffered a lengthy suspension, the Andertons turned to Lammas to fill the void. Lammas, forced to give up a career on that flat because of weight problems, didn’t hesitate to say “yes”
“I could have ridden Wee Biskit for Kenny (Ken Duncan) but you don’t turn down a ride on the favourite,” said Lammas.
He will make it up to Duncan by trying to secure the National-Northern Steeples on Shamal, who is also favourite.
The Otaki horseman tried to kickstart his career on the flat last year but offers of rides were few and far between. It was then he decided to try his luck over fences.
Eight wins later, which included the National win last month, he’s delighted he did.
When the jumps season is over, he will continue to break in horses and train a team of nine on the Otaki property he has leased from the Otaki club.
He hasn’t given up hope of riding on the flat again but for now the thrill of the chase – and the monetary rewards that come with it – suits Lammas just fine.