Robert Tart returned to the Saddle after four years off with a bang.
He partnered Uber Cool to a memorable win at Chester after the 28-year-old took a
break from the sport due to mental health issues.
Tart had risen up the ranks before his break and had bagged a couple of stakes races
for big-time trainer John Gosden.
But after suffering from depression, Tart bravely decided to take a step back from
the intensity of weighing room life.
However, he returned to the fold in style on Jane Chapple-Hyam’s Uber Cool, who himself
was returning to the track after a two-and-a-half-year break.
Tart was pleased as punch and carried out an emotional interview after his win in
the aptly-named Mental Health UK Handicap at Chester.
He said: “I always dreamed of riding as a young lad and I had a little bit of a speed
wobble, as I like to call it, for the past couple of years.
“I found it quite difficult, but now I’m working for Jane, I have a licence and just rode a
winner for her on my first ride back.
“I’ve been off the track for four years, the horse has been off the track for two and a half
years, so it’s really exciting and I’m really looking forward to the future.
“The absence was simply for reasons that I had to get over myself. Now we’re OK,
everything is good, so I’m looking forward to it.”
Of Uber Cool, he added: “We’ve got an amazing bond.
“The way he quickened up today was brilliant, I was not expecting that. He sat back in the
stalls a bit, jumped slow, but he travelled great so I’m really pleased.”
It was a timely winner for Chapple-Hyam who sends stable star Saffron Beach to next
Friday’s Oaks at Epsom.