Cooking up a storm in a comeback

Barry Cook has wasted no time re-establishing himself as a trainer.

The Cambridge-based horseman had been off the scene for more than six years, but has picked up two wins from six starts since returning to training recently.

Cook won first-up with Buffalo Boy at Otaki on April 4 and captured his second win within five weeks when Bille Jean King kicked strongly to win the Donaghys Promonensin 1400 at Te Aroha yesterday.

Buffalo Boy was also a started at the Te Aroha meeting and finished a creditable fourth to Amber Rayne in the New World Morrinsville 1000, showing he was close to a second win.

Cook trained many winners when based earlier in his career, but health problems saw him take a break from the game.

He has come back with renewed enthusiasm and wasn’t surprised to see Bille Jean King, a newcomer to his stable, break through for her third win from 30 starts.

Billie Jean King was ridden by Cambridge apprentice Ulrika Holmquist, who is shaping as a promising young rider for her employer, Lee Somervell.