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Tuesday, 02 September, 2014

Meet the Trainers
19 great trainers with great daily insights

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We have set up this website to support racing for change. Reading our trainers-quotes will hopefully make things more transparent and give our members a better understanding of the sport and also offer you something different to the normal horse racing tipster. We hope you enjoy the site and please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or comments.

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We believe our selection of trainers are some of the best names in the business and we hope you will enjoy reading their comments on their runners.

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Andrew Balding
trainer at Park House Stables,

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Andrew became the licensed trainer at Kingsclere in January 2003 when he succeeded his father Ian, to whom he had been assistant since 1999. Andrew has enjoyed group 1 success in England, Dubai, Hong Kong and Canada. In 2005 he was awarded the International Trainer of the Year, at the HWPA Derby lunch.

Previously, after college Andrew had joined Toby Balding’s Fyfield Stables as the yard’s amateur jockey. In just over one hundred rides he rode 20 winners under rules, which included winning The Horse and Hound Cup and The Moet and Chandon at Epsom. In 1997 Andrew then joined the Yorkshire based trainer Lynda Ramsden for two seasons. During this time he was closely associated with horses such as Nuclear Debate, Hawksley Hill, Bishops Court and Top Cees. The latter named joined the Kingsclere team when Lynda Ramsden stopped training in 1998 and Andrew returned home to assist his father.

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Born in London in 1972, Andrew hails from a family that is steeped in racing history. His great grandfather Aubrey Hastings was the trainer of no fewer than four Grand National winners, including Ascetic Silver who he rode himself to win the great race in 1907. His Grandfathers, Gerald Balding and Peter Hastings- Bass both trained with great success and as well as his father, his uncles Toby Balding and William Huntingdon have enjoyed training winners at the highest level.

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Andrew Hollinshead
trainer at Lodge Farm (Michael in office),

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At the age of 86, veteran trainer Reg Hollinshead has had a quite remarkable 60 years in racing. The Rugeley based trainer has saddled over 1,500 winners from his Upper Longdon yard near Lichfield since acquiring his full licence. Since his sad death, Andrew, his son, has taken over the license.

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After a short spell riding, Reg soon gained a licence to train and has since enjoyed six decades of success from his home and stables in Upper Longdon, most notably in 1978 when he saddled "Remainder Man" to finish second in the Guineas and third in the Derby.

While Reg has certainly displayed his talents as a horse racing trainer over his illustrious career, he also grew a strong reputation as a man who could groom young apprentice jockeys’ and develop them into champions.

Those jockeys’ include the likes of Kevin Darley, Walter Swinburn, Tony Culhane, Willie Ryan, Michael Wigham and Pat Eddery who have all gone on to succeed as great flat riders of their time. Walter and Willie both went on to score in the most prestigious flat race in the world - the Derby aboard "Shergar" and "Benny The Dip" respectively.

The majority of Reg’s success as a trainer has come on the flat but with a combined licence the veteran trainer also expressed his love for the jumping game.

Reg has built Lodge Farm into a yard that is most certainly up there with the best. It has been averaging 40 winners a year for the last three years.


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Brendan Powell
trainer at Newlands Stables,

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Brendan was formerly a top class National Hunt Jockey and during his seventeen year career, he rode over six hundred winners on stars like Pegwell Bay and Rhyme’n’Reason. He retired from race-riding in 2000 and immediately set up as a trainer at Morestead Stables near Winchester and has recently relocated to Upper Lambourn.

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He has proved himself as adept at training as he was at riding, with an increasingly successful string of horses both on the Flat and over Jumps.

One of the nicest men in racing, for whom nothing is too much trouble, Brendan is definitely a trainer on the up.

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Charlie Longsdon
trainer at Hull Farm,

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Oxfordshire based racehorse trainer Charlie Longsdon has now been training for six years. Having started with just ten horses in his first season, he had sixty during the last campaign and is aiming to build up to having  over seventy horses for the 2012/13 season. In his six years he has trained over 180 winners, with the highlights being Songe's win in the Blue Square Chamion Hurdle Trial at Haydock in January 2009, Palypso de Creek's run in the Grand National in 2010 and more recently Paintball's Imperial Cup win at Sandown this Spring and Up To Something's win in the big DBS Bumper at Newbury.

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Charlie has an expanding team behind him who are extremely dedicated and ambitious. They pride themselves on happy, healthy horses and believe this is shown in the results. We have a fantastic set of owners, most of whom have been with us since the early stages of his career and they help to make Charlie Longsdon Racing a very close knit team.

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Charlie Mann
trainer at Neardown,

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A successful National Hunt Jockey who has been training since 1993, Charlie has trained some top class horses including Class 1 winners: "Celibate", "Moon Over Miami", "Air Force One", "Katies Tutor", "Gauvain", "How's Business". In 1995 Charlie trained and rode "It's A Snip" to win the Grand Pardubice Steeplechase.

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They are proud to offer first class facilities at our purpose built yard, situated at the foot of the gallops in Upper Lambourn, including turn out paddocks, a cover horsewalker, weigh scales, a solarium, a loose school, a large out door arena, an excellent 5 furlong 'cushion track' all weather gallop and a range of schooling fences.

In total there is stabling for 65 horses in this professional but very friendly yard.


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Colin Tizzard
trainer at Venn Farm,

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Colin was born in 1956 as the second son of farmers Leslie and Marjorie Tizzard at Venn Farm, Milborne Port. He grew up on the family farm as a country boy enjoying hunting, shooting and fishing. He was a member of the Pony Club before riding with some success in point-to-points and later under-rules as an amateur jockey.

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Dairy farming and horses are his passions and fortunately he has so far made a success of both enterprises.

In 1995 he started training two point-to-point horses for his son Joe to ride. The combination produced eight wins that season and set the ball rolling!

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Fergal O'Brien
trainer at Cilldara,

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Fergal O’ Brien has embarked on a new career as a fully-fledged trainer, having spent the past 19 years as Head Lad at the hugely successful Nigel Twiston-Davies yard, where Big Race wins included 2 Grand National winners (Earth Summit and Bindaree) and a recent Cheltenham Gold Cup winner (Imperial Commander).

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For the last 4 seasons Fergal has been the Champion Point-to-Point Trainer in the West Midlands area and, at last year's Cheltenham Hunter Chase Meeting, he achieved his first double at National Hunt's premier racecourse.

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Giles Bravery
trainer at Long Acre,

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Ian Williams
trainer at Dominion Racing Stables,

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Ian Williams Racing based at the state of the art Dominion Racing Stables situated in the heart of the Midlands, giving them the best of all worlds. They are set in beautiful countryside with easy access to the vibrant city of Birmingham plus wonderful towns such as Stratford upon Avon and Warwick.

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The son of trainer Billy Williams had the equivalent of an Oxbridge education when it came to realising his ambitions to follow into the family run business. It included time at the exclusive academies run by some of the biggest names in Horse racing... Martin Pipe, Francois Doumen and Jenny Pitman. Williams graduated having experienced what it fells like to be in close proximity to a Gold Cup winner, in "Garrison Savannah" and Doumen’s "The Fellow" trained by Jenny Pitman.


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Jamie Osborne
trainer at Kingsdown,

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Jamie Osborne was long regarded as one of our best National Hunt jockeys - now he is hitting the heights as a trainer. He took out a licence in 2000 and since then has enjoyed plenty of success as a Flat trainer. His best moment to date as a handler came in 2003 when he sent out Milk it Mick to Group 1 glory at Newmarket. The son of Millkom made his mark for Osborne's team winning the Darley Dewhurst Stakes (Class A) (Group 1) under D Holland.

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Earlier in Osborne's career, he produced a sensational performance as a jockey at the Cheltenham Festival in 1992. He rode five winners at the Festival that year, including three in one day. Prestbury Park will always hold special memories for Jamie as he frequently rode winners there. These included a victory in the Champion Hurdle, a Champion Chase success, three Arkles and two Stayers' Hurdles wins.

Jamie's best season as a jockey was in 1996-97, recording 131 wins in total.

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Kim Bailey
trainer at Thorndale Farm,

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Kim has come from a background steeped in Jump racing and he’s absolutely passionate about the sport. Having started his career in leading Jumps yards of Captain Tim Forster and Fred Rimell before starting on his own, he has a wealth of experience on which to draw from. Combine this with a state of the art training facility, an enthusiastic support team and an exciting selection of young horses, we’re looking forward to a great deal of success in the years to come.

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One of the key aims of Kim Bailey Racing is to ensure our horses are trained in a safe, relaxed and professional environment using training methods which unite orthodox procedures with an individual approach that generates the best possible performances from the horses. Kim’s hallmark has been the ability to blend strict training discipline with the patience and individual care that is given to each and every horse in the yard.

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Marco Botti
trainer at Green Ridge Stables,

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Marco, based on the Hamilton Road in Newmarket, enjoyed another successful season capped by a first triumph at Grade 1 level. This came thanks to Gitano Hernando's victory in Santa Anita's Goodwood Stakes and showed that the Botti team is a force to be reckoned with not only on the home front but also on the international stage.

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Since starting out as a trainer Marco has used the huge experience gleaned from being around horses since he can remember. He spent time learning with some of the biggest and most respected names in the sport. This included three years as assistant to his father before periods with Godolphin - including six months in Dubai, Ed Dunlop and Luca Cumani. Marco can also list on his CV a stint working for Bill Mott in America.

Marco moved to his current base at Green Ridge Stables, which backs onto the historic Racecourse Side training grounds in 2007 and subsequent results both at home and abroad have shown that he is more than capable of progressing yet further in the months and years ahead.


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Mark Brisbourne
trainer at Nesscliffe,

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Mark is very much a hands on trainer and a warm welcome always awaits both owners, and prospective owners alike, to his stables in Great Ness, Nesscliffe. The scenery around the stables, which features a 6f all purpose gallops, is breathtaking. To visit Mark's website click here www.markbrisbourneracing.co.uk

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His many big race successes include:

Tattersalls 2 year old Sales Race at Newmarket won by Milly Waters (£100k).

The Old Newton Cup at Haydock (£50k), and the Betdaq Trophy at Ascot (£70k), both won by Hannibal Lad.

Bollinger Champagne Final at Ascot, Channel 4 Trophy won by Elopement (£10k).

Rowells Handicap at Ripon won by Adobe (£20k).

Blue Square Handicap Chester (£50k) and second in the Ayr Silver Cup with Roman Maze.

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Mark Usher
trainer at Saxon House Stables,

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Mark has been training racehorses since 1983 and for the last ten years have been based at the famous Saxon House Stables in Upper Lambourn.

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Mark previously worked for top flat trainers Barry Hills and Henry Candy.

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Nicky Richards
trainer at Greystoke Stables,

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Nicholas Gordon Richards is a British racehorse trainer specialising mainly in National Hunt racing. He is based at stables at Greystoke, near Penrith, Cumbria, England

He was British champion amateur flat jockey in 1973 and subsequently worked as assistant trainer to his father, Gordon W. Richards.

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He took over the training licence when his father died in 1998. He saddled a winner with his first runner, Better Times Ahead, at Carlisle Racecourse in October 1998.

The most successful horse he has trained to date is Monet's Garden, winner of the Ascot Chase, Melling Chase and Old Roan Chase in 2007. The grey won his third Old Roan Chase in 2010 having also won it in 2009.

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Oliver Sherwood
trainer at Rhonehurst,

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Rhonehurst is a charming and very pretty yard from where I have sent out over 800 winners including 6 Cheltenham Festival winners - the legendary Battleship, trained by Reg Hobbs won the Grand National from here in 1938.

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In addition, the Lambourn Gallops now promise to rank amongst the finest in the country having recently been taken over by the Jockey Club. The yard itself is relaxed and informal and we welcome owners and visitors alike on a daily basis.

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Robert Cowell
trainer at Bottisham Heath Stud,

 

Robert, upon completion of his A levels at school in Norfolk, immediately began work in Newmarket for trainer Gavin Pritchard-Gordon. Whilst working there he was keen to ride in races so took out a licence and promptly rode a winner at Brighton on his second attempt.

Two seasons with David ‘the Duke’ Nicholson was invalueable experience and at a time when the great Charter Party and Waterloo Boy were victorious at the Cheltenham Festival. Robert then set sail across the channel to work as an assistant to John Hammond in France for 2 years at the time when Suave Dancer, Dear Doctor and Polar Falcon were among the stable stars. It was in France that he was able to live the dream which was to work in a highly respected yard with very good horses and also ride as an amateur. John gave him numerous opportunities but managed to get most beat. Robert recalls with a smile ‘yes, I finished 2nd most of the time beaten only the shortest of margins but Johns’ instructions were quite difficult for a novice, “don’t win too far!!” ‘. The best story was a ride Robert was offered in the provences for owners Cheveley Park Stud.

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In 1992 he then moved further afield to become an assistant to Neil Drysdale in America. It was here that he was proud to be part of the team when A.P.Indy and Hollywood Wildcat both won Breeders Cup races. After a brief spell as a trainer and considerable success in California, Robert decided to return to England as he had a larger group of owners willing to support him.

He is training at Bottisham Heath Stud, which provides an excellent privately owned base for Robert and his wife, Ghislaine, along with their son, Alex and daughter, Kara.

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Warren Greatrex
trainer at Uplands,

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After a short riding career in which he rode a few winners for Josh Gifford, Lady Herries and David Gandolfo, Warren then worked as Head Lad for Bryan Smart where they had a successful time together before Bryan moved to Thirsk. He was then approached by Oliver Sherwood to work as his Head Lad and later Assistant Trainer. Warren and Oliver worked well together and they steadily built up Oliver’s string again. After seven years with Oliver, Warren was head hunted by Malcolm Denmark as a salaried Trainer at Weathercock House where he spent three years training successfully and progressing each season. Charles Egerton then bought Uplands and approached Warren offering him the top yard to train from in his own right where he has been since July 2012.

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Uplands is one of the most historic training establishments in Lambourn and has been home to some superb trainers over the years including; Fred Winter, Charlie Brooks and Lavinia Taylor - who have trained some great horses, including: Bula, Lanzorote, Suny Bay and Gingembre. Training horses in Lambourn has so much to offer and Warren feels very lucky with there being so many different places to go – you don’t feel like you are in a training centre and yet you have the backing of superb ground staff who work tirelessly to ensure the gallops are in excellent condition and are maintained to a very high spec.

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William Knight
trainer at Lower Coombe Stables,

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William Knight is swiftly developing a reputation as one of British racing’s most promising young trainers, having enjoyed a successful first few years to his career. Based at Lower Coombe Stables in West Sussex’s historic Angmering Park, the facts underline that William is progressing nicely in his chosen profession. Since starting out on his own in 2006, season by season his results have improved and 2009 was his best campaign yet. Knight notched up 23 winners - equalling the previous campaign's tally - and among those was his first Group triumph provided by Illustrious Blue.

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After four years with a licence, William has proved himself an upwardly mobile trainer. The result has been a better-quality yearling intake year on year. For 2010, in terms of both home-breds and those horses acquired at the sales, he feels his two-year-olds are, in general, the nicest bunch he has had to date.

William, an honours graduate in Equine Business Management at the Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester, has certainly got ticks in all the right boxes as far as doing the job to a high standard is concerned. He honed his horsemanship skills either side of the Millennium, performing key roles as assistant trainer to leading handlers John Hills and Ed Dunlop. With the latter, he spent five informative years, playing an integral part in the international successes of such names as champion filly Ouija Board, multiple Group 1 winner Lailani, Independence and other top-class horses. Such an experience wasn’t wasted on him and this enthusiastic and talented trainer is now making an impact in his own right.

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