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Jeff Sadik: We trained our first winners since 2014 on Saturday night
Trainer Jeff Sadik said he went through an emotional roller coaster on Saturday and felt “overjoyed and relieved” after Bowerder gave him the winner for the first time in over eight years.
Sadique, who has spent most of her life as an NHS nurse, was the most recent winner of the 2m1½f Handicap Chase in Bangor on 22nd July 2014 – 3,091 days ago
It had been almost 13 years since he had found success on the flats on January 21, 2010, when the Highland River at Southwell took the 1m3f all-weather handicap.
It’s been a long time coming for the Worcestershire-based trainer, and many of his fights have gone off the rails in recent years.
“A lot of people have knocked me down because I haven’t won a race in a long time. What they don’t know is that I lost my son.
“Three years ago, I was diagnosed with bladder cancer and have been undergoing treatment. I’ve been in bad shape, so this win is all right for me and it’s a huge blow to my arm.
“I’ve had about 50 winners in my career so far and this was the most emotional one because me and my family have been through some difficult times.”
“For all the medications I’ve taken over the years, horses have done a much better job for me.
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Jeff Sadik: ‘Horses were my therapy’
Bowerder started 7-2 second favorite in the stakes classified as miles under Josephine Gordon and ran out an easy seven length winner. It was his sixth run at Sadik as he was previously with David Thompson.
“David sold me Bowerder and said he would win the race,” said Sadik. “I trust him 100% and have become great friends with him over the years.
“Bowarder has been knocking on my door in the last few runs, but he hasn’t. I was lucky. The previous time at Southwell he was beaten half a length.He tried to get through the gap but it closed and he couldn’t get through.Tonight everything went well.”
If one horse sums up a trainer’s bravery, it’s the 70-race Maiden Sussex Road, who retired in 2021 at age 11 and often started at triple-figure odds.
Sussex Road scored 65 runs for Sadik after Eddie Harty’s three point-to-point runs and two runs under the rule.
Sadik said, “People laughed at me for running him in good races, but he was a good jumper and always gave his best, even if he didn’t win.
“Sussex Road won about £23,000 in prize money, so they didn’t care if people took Mickey because he was entitled to run the race he did. The fee and the jockey were I paid so it was up to me where he ran.
“When he was 11 years old, he got a call from the British Racing School in Newmarket. They asked if they could put him in the school. I was delighted to be able to donate the for free.
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Jeff Sadik impressed with success at Kempton
“When they run, they run for me. I own everything, so there was a lot of criticism about Sussex Road, but I won the prize money and he ran for Newmarket. I have the last laugh because I live a luxurious life in .
Before he was diagnosed with cancer, Sadik left the NHS and turned his attention to nursing homes, buying three before selling them and retiring at the age of 75.
However, retirement did not allow him to relax, and Sadik has been in therapy ever since.
He said: “I’m clear over it, but I get checked every three months.
“So far so good, but the last few years have been terrible for us. But after winning Kempton, I am over the moon and in the clouds.”
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