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Tuesday, 20 August, 2019

Meet the Trainers
15 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.


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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Ali Stronge
trainer at Castle Piece,

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Ali & Sam Stronge are one of the newest, most exciting young training prospects. Having only held their licence since May 2013, they already have amassed an impressive haul of winners on the board under both codes and this was highlighted in the Daily Telegraph. Together with her partner Sam, they have the passion, experience and the determination to be successful by building their team of horses and owners and are hungry for more winners!



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Ben Pauling
trainer at Bourton Hill Farm,

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Ben started training at the beginning of the 2013 season after spending six years as Nicky Henderson's assistant. He is now based in the heart of Gloucestershire and trains near Bourton on the Water. Ben grew up surrounded by horses and always knew that racing was something he wanted to pursue.


Following a successful six years in Lambourn, he has made a great start to his training career, consistently sending out winners throughout the 2013-14 campaign.

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Brian Meehan
trainer at Manton House Estate,

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Brian set a benchmark for others in the profession to aspire to in years to come when bookending his first season at Manton by winning two of the world’s most valuable races, The Dubai Duty Free Group 1 in the Middle East and The Breeders Cup Turf Grade 1 in the USA, yielding staggering prize money of over £5,000,000. It was an achievement recognised by his peers with Brian and his team being crowned ‘International Trainer of the Year’.

In between that magnificent twin triumph he registered a fine season on the domestic front, highlighted by David Junior’s win in the Group 1 Coral Eclipse at Sandown in mid-summer. Even before the move at the beginning of 2006 to the Sangster family’s legendary estate on the Wiltshire Downs near Marlborough, Brian was widely acknowledged as a trainer going places.

When he set up his own training business in Lambourn in 1993 Brian, the son of a Limerick Orthopaedic Surgeon, had eight horses one of whom was owned by his mentors and great friends Richard and Jo Hannon, to whom he had been assistant trainer for six years. The numbers quickly grew and Newlands Stables was acquired in 1995 which was then developed into a purpose built yard with many cutting edge facilities.


“My time in Lambourn was extremely successful, not least our first Group 1 winner provided by John and Poilin Good’s homebred Tomba but just as importantly it’s where I forged lasting relationships with many wonderful owners. It has always been and continues to be one of our main priorities, to look after our owners as best we can. Honesty, professionalism and of course fun! Owners are the main contributors to our wonderful industry and when in Lambourn and now here at Manton their involvement and recognition of their commitments has to be the priority”

Brian’s progress since those fledgling days has been admirably consistent and, apart from those already mentioned, his Group 1 wins include The Champion Stakes, The St James’s Palace Stakes, The Racing Post Trophy, a second Breeders Cup Turf, The Prix Morny(twice), The Prix de la Foret, The Cheveley Park Stakes (twice), The Grosser Dallmayr Preis in Munich, The Gazelle and The Man O’War, both at Belmont Park USA. It therefore came as no surprise that after John Gosden left Manton, the Sangster family headhunted Brian to take over what many will argue is the most outstanding training establishment in the world.

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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.


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.


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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Fergal O'Brien
trainer at Upper Yard,

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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).


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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Harry Whittington
trainer at Hill Barn Stables,

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Harry Whittington Racing launched in September 2012, when Harry took out a licence and began training with just five horses. He made an instant impact in his first season, achieving a strike rate of 20%, with 3 wins from 15 runs.


The key day that season, which really put the new yard on the map, was 2nd March 2013, when Dubai Kiss (on his racecourse debut) sliced through a competitive junior bumper at Newbury to win very impressively at 100/1.

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Hughie Morrison
trainer at Summerdown Stables,

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Hughie Morrison has had success spanning over nearly 2 decades. His commitment and passion for his horses being the driving force behind this huge success which has been nothing short of phenomenal.


Hughie Morrison traded a career in the City for racehorse training, a love forged from his father's success as an owner with three Classic winners. Although the newest addition to the From the Stables team, Hughie has been a proven developer of every type of horse for more than 20 years since first talking out a licence in 1997. All types of horse come alike, benefiting from his patient style of training. He has handled champion sprinters like Sakhee's Secret and Pastoral Pursuits, both successful stallions; top stayers like Alcazar, who won a Group 1 race aged ten, and the 2018 Melbourne Cup runner-up Marmelo while his few jumpers over the years have included the Champion Hurdle-placed and very brittle Marble Arch. One of his first contributions to this site expressed almost a disbelief that his lightly-raced colt Telecaster might even be good enough to beat the previously-unbeaten 2018 champion two-year-old Too Darn Hot in the Dante Stakes - he did! Members can look forward to much more of that type of priceless intelligence from one of racing's great thinkers.

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Ian Williams
trainer at Dominion Racing Stables,

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Initially, Ian was not drawn to follow his father, Billy, into training, but, a year at college studying Business & Accountancy persuaded him that horses weren’t too bad after all.

At 18, Ian went to Lambourn to join Jenny Pitman as Assistant Trainer. This was the era of Royal Athlete, Garrison Savannah, Toby Tobias et al, and was a formative period in Ian's development. Ian admits he knew very little when joining Mrs P, and was most grateful for the opportunity given by Jenny.

In the early 90’s, Ian spent 6 months with Martin Pipe at Pond House before joining Francois Doumen at Chantilly in France. His time there coincided with a golden age for the yard with The Fellow landing a couple of King George’s as well as the Cheltenham Gold Cup.


In 1997, Ian returned to Britain to begin his own journey as a trainer. Initially based near Oxford, with just a dozen horses, half of which came from the ever supportive John and Anne Poynton; very quickly it became obvious that these facilities were not to the standard the ambitious Williams required.

Fortunately, Ian was introduced to Patrick Kelly, a very successful businessman, who shared a passion for horseracing. Mr Kelly had a vision to create a state of the art training facility in the heart of the Midlands and together, they created the amazing training complex of Dominion Racing Stables.

There are currently over 140 horses in training and on 29th November 2016 saddled winner number 1,000 when Appy Days won at Lingfield. Yet, Ian remains fiercely ambitious and continues on the quest for champions.

As the tag line on the website says "Passion to succeed never dies." Ian’s objectives are simple - improve the quality of the string and continue to saddle winners. He achieved a lifetime ambition on 15th March 2016 when Ballyalton gave him his first Cheltenham Festival winner. Having run so well to be 2nd to the mighty Faugheen in 2014, it was appropriate that Ballyalton should give him his first 'gold medal'.

When Brasted won at Chelmsford on 15th October 2015, Ian completed a full set of saddling a winner at every racecourse in the UK - a unique achievement in modern training!

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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.


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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Micky Hammond
trainer at Oakwood Stables,

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Micky Hammond is one of the top talents amongst the ranks of horseracing trainers, combining the knowledge he gained from being one of the top jump jockeys in the 1980s with an ability to get the best out of horses of all levels with his sympathetic and individual approach to training.


Micky Hammond is one of the top talents amongst the ranks of horseracing trainers, combining the knowledge he gained from being one of the top jump jockeys in the 1980s with an ability to get the best out of horses of all levels with his sympathetic and individual approach to training.

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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.


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.


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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Shaun Keightley
trainer at Harraton Lodge Stables,

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Shaun Keightley has returned to training after an absence of 12 years and has taken out a licence to operate from Harraton Lodge Stables in Exning, near Newmarket.


Shaun Keighley joined From the Stables in May 2019, almost a year to the day since taking out a licence to train from Harraton stables, Exning near Newmarket. Sean is one of the most experienced men in racing. As a jockey he rode for 22 years, compiling according to no lesser expert than Derek Thompson an at-the-time unique record of riding a winner both on the Flat and jumps on every course in England, Wales and Scotland. In all he rode more than 200 winners. Generally in the background, he did train for a short time with a fair degree of success but lost his licence on a disciplinary matter for three years, which stretched to more than 12 before he felt confident to try again, saying he had "unfinished business". If this year's record is any indication, with six wins already, Shaun is well on target and already has 35 horses in his care from a starting point of eight. His first day's advice for From the Stables yielded the 100-30 winner Rail Dancer and he is looking forward especially to dual winner San Carlos to boost that tally.

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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.


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.


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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