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Grays try to remain positive amid the Levels floodwater

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: February 19, 2014

By CHRIS WILSON

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Trainer Carroll Gray and his wife Christine may never return to their Bridgwater yard – even after the water finally subsides on the flooded Somerset Levels.

The Grays and their horses were forced to evacuate to Kevin Bishop's nearby site after water from the River Parrett poured into their property and stables in November.

With Gray's gallops area also submerged, the beleaguered couple remain in limbo.

Christine said: "We'll never be able to sell the property, unless there is some serious, serious work done to stop this happening again. At the moment, we can't get anywhere near to our home as the water levels are so high, but, even then, we will be scared to move back there anyway. You can't think about what happened too much because it just gets too depressing.

"We have vowed not to dwell on it, though, and we are just so thankful that there are so many lovely people in the world who have helped us.

"We can't thank Kevin enough. He has been a true friend and we'll never forget his generosity."

The Grays were, however, able to smile again at Wincanton on Saturday when Saint Breiz won at odds of 66-1 in a two-mile novices' hurdle.

Racegoers were wary of their plight and gave the eight-year-old gelding a rousing reception upon his return to the winner's enclosure.

Christine added: "On Monday night, I led a winner up for Johnny Farrelly at Wolverhampton and you could not hear a murmur in the winner's enclosure.

"But at the weekend it was amazing and felt so loud – the crowd were absolutely brilliant. Wincanton is our local track, so we always like to have winners there as they are true, genuine racing people.

"It was a day none of us will forget for quite some time."

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