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Monday, 15 November 2021

Kim Bailey Horse Trainer Database


Welcome to Horse Trainer Database

''Horse Trainer Websites, Blogs, Social Media & Tracks''


HORSE TRAINER DATABASE 


''why search the internet for horse trainer news when we deliver it fast''

Welcome to Horse Trainer Database: a  platform which details predominantly UK horse trainer websites, blogs, social media & racecourse news.  

I created this handy website because it seemed like hard work bookmarking umpteen pages. Why wasn't the info in one place? Sure there are other websites who have a page or two but nothing so dedicated that everything is in one place. 

We have worked with many trainers over the years promoting the horse racing industry. It is always a pleasure to support new trainers. Our vast mailing list can get the word out there and you literally never know who is reading. It could be a new horse owner or someone interested in a syndicate. 

We've been amazed by the response we have gained since starting this handy website. It is ideal for race fans, punters looking for a racing tip or two, contacting trainers, news and media resources. You name it, they are using the Horse Trainer Database. 

Come join the community spirit by exchanging links. 

Don't waste time searching the internet for horse trainer info when our database does the job. If you wish to give feedback on how we can improve the website or you wish to contact us then please do so at info@horsetrainerdatabase.com 

Thanks for your support


Thursday, 4 November 2021

William Haggas Horse Trainer Database


Welcome to Horse Trainer Database

''Horse Trainer Websites, Blogs, Social Media & Tracks''


HORSE TRAINER DATABASE 


''why search the internet for horse trainer news when we deliver it fast''

Welcome to Horse Trainer Database: a  platform that details predominantly UK horse trainer websites, blogs, social media & racecourse news.  

I created this handy website because it seemed like hard work bookmarking umpteen pages. Why wasn't the info in one place? Sure there are other websites who have a page or two but nothing so dedicated that everything is in one place. 

We have worked with many trainers over the years promoting the horse racing industry. It is always a pleasure to support new trainers. Our vast mailing list can get the word out there and you literally never know who is reading. It could be a new horse owner or someone interested in a syndicate. 

We've been amazed by the response we have gained since starting this handy website. It is ideal for race fans, punters looking for a racing tip or two, contacting trainers, news and media resources. You name it, they are using the Horse Trainer Database. 

Come join the community spirit by exchanging links. 

Don't waste time searching the internet for horse trainer info when our database does the job. If you wish to give feedback on how we can improve the website or you wish to contact us then please do so at info@horsetrainerdatabase.com 


William Haggas Datababse


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Thursday, 3 June 2021

Living the Dream: The Amazing Story of the Welsh Grand National Winner Bred By a Pigeon Fancier

It’s fair to say that Phillip Hobbs has enjoyed plenty of success as a horse racing trainer. The Somerset handler has 19 Cheltenham Festival winners to his name, as well as other major victories in the Clarence House Chase, the Tingle Creek and the Punchestown Gold Cup. 

But when he was approached by the Alliance Partnership syndicate to train their horse, Dream Alliance, he probably didn’t quite know what he had let himself in for. 

The horse has a backstory that would make for the perfect Hollywood rags-to-riches tale, and funnily enough movie execs agree – Dream Horse, starring Toni Collette and Damian Lewis, was released in June to much critical acclaim.


It focuses on the story of Janet Vokes, a barmaid, and cleaner who had a penchant for breeding whippets and racing pigeons in her spare time. Pulling pints one night in the Welsh town of Blackwood, she got chatting to a local businessman. The conversation turned to racehorse ownership, and Vokes was very interested in what she heard. 

So, together with husband Brian, they cobbled together £350 and acquired a mare, Rewbell, with whom they bred with a stallion named Bien Bien. 

The foal was born in 2001 and raised on the couple’s allotment in Cefn Forest, but as they struggled to pay for the costs of ownership they created their own syndicate – the Alliance Partnership – through which locals, including a painter and decorator and a taxi driver could invest £10 per week and enjoy a share in owning a racehorse. 

So far, so lovely. But the best was still to come for the unsuspecting syndicate… 

National Hero 

Once the Alliance Partnership had recruited 30 members, they sent their horse – now called Dream Alliance – off for training with Hobbs. 

Despite a slow start to his racing career, Dream Alliance won on his fourth outing at Chepstow and in 2007 finished second to the legendary Denman in the Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury.

A devastating injury followed in 2008 – the syndicate had to raise £20,000 to pay for a pioneering stem cell treatment, and so there was little expectation when Dream Alliance was entered into the Welsh Grand National some 18 months later. 

Tom O’Brien, the jockey who had enjoyed success on board the horse in the past, was in the saddle at Chepstow, and members of the syndicate watched on from the stands hoping that their investment, priced at a lowly 20/1 in the Welsh Grand National horse racing betting odds, got through the race unscathed.

 

Jumping errors at the early fences hardly helped to settle the nerves, but soon the eight-year-old started to work his way into the race. And as the field of horses closed in on the final furlong, Dream Alliance found himself in the clear. 

A poorly-timed jump at the last saw the chasing pack begin to close in, but Dream Alliance – powered on by O’Brien – somehow found an extra gear. 

Silver By Nature, the nearest horse, was closing in, but in classic Hollywood fairytale style Dream Alliance just clung on for victory to send syndicate members into raptures – the win secured them the most handsome of paydays. 

Hobbs remarked on how the horse was ‘aptly named’ given that the alliance’s dreams had come true, while Gwyn Davies – a warehouse worker and syndicate member – said with tears in his eyes: “A Hollywood scriptwriter could not make this up.” 

Well, they didn’t need to. Sometimes the truth is much more satisfying than fiction.

Monday, 3 May 2021

Kevin Philippart de Foy Training at Newmarket

Kevin Philippart de Foy is a horse trainer based in Newmarket. He resides at Machell Place Stables in Newmarket, Suffolk. 

About the trainer

Philippart de Foy was born in Belgium and has a vast experience within horse racing. In fact, his mother was a jockey and trainer in France. 

Although a rookie trainer to many race fans in England, he has worked with leading trainers such as John Oxx in Ireland, Criquette Head in France and American trainer Christopher Clement. His latest venture closer to home with James Fanshawe at Pegasus Stables, Newmarket.

Kevin started out as a rider for John Oxx, after leaving Belgium in 2009.

In fact, he worked with the exceptional Sea The Stars, one of the greatest racehorses of all time winning the 2000 Guineas, Epsom Derby and Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe to note just a few of his major wins. He now stands as a stallion at Gilltown Stud in Ireland with a stallion fee of 150,000 euros. 

He was assistant trainer to Christopher Clement in America in 2014. 

More recently, he started as assistant trainer for James Fanshawe in 2016.  He worked at Pegasus Stable for five seasons and notable horses such as multiple Group 1 winners including Speedy Boarding and The Tin Man. 

This experience ed to him taking his own licence and Machell Place in Newmarket.

Good luck to the team.  

Take a look at Kevin Philippart de Foy's website here.  

Photo: Pixabay free for commercial use and no attribution but given 

Photo not associated with trainer or horses. 

Sunday, 21 March 2021

Plenty Suggests Hollie Doyle Can Build on Brilliant 2020

The year 2020 will always be fondly remembered by Hollie Doyle. She rode over 150 winners on the Flat in Britain, including six in group contests and two of those came on British Champions Day at Ascot courtesy of Trueshan and Glen Shiel. 

Off the track, she has since got engaged to partner and fellow jockey Tom Marquand. It’s hard to say which side of their relationship has the higher profile after he picked up a victorious spare ride in the St Leger on Galileo Chrome. 

Rivals on a racecourse, but sweethearts off it – the sport of horse racing has always had its power couples. Think Richard and Jenny Pitman, and Terry Biddlecombe and Henrietta Knight from past generations. 

Doyle did so much to advertise herself on the track in 2020. From riding a five-timer at Windsor, something most male jockeys haven’t done, to that big race Ascot double, she has really raised the bar for female riders.


They say good horses make good jockeys, and Doyle would be the first to admit that. She again replaced Frankie Dettori on Dame Malliot and landed a second July Festival victory at Newmarket aboard the Champs Elysees mare this summer. 

Thanks to that high-profile victory, Doyle is definitely a go-to option for a number of British Flat trainers now. Chief among those are the Archie Watson, Ed Vaughan and Alan King stables.

She rode Royal Ascot and Champions Day winners for the latter. King’s yard always has something for the major handicaps on the level. Two of Doyle’s group successes in 2020 came when piloting the Roger Charlton trained Extra Elusive too. 

There have also been rides for John Gosden, who is now looking to share his license with son Thady moving forward. Reading fellow female jockey and horse racing pundit Hayley Turner’s articles on MBet blog, she expects even more from Doyle in the saddle this year.

If she can capitalise on the useful connections she has made last season, then that is perfectly possible. Doyle has already enjoyed high-profile rides overseas, partnering True Self to Neom Turf Cup glory on the Saudi Cup card in the Middle East for Irish trainer Willie Mullins back in February. 

Generous prize money on offer at Riyadh gave her a share of almost £440,000 shows she can handle the pressure of riding in valuable races. Emulating her partner Marquand and winning a Classic would be an obvious goal. 

As anyone who watched The Derby at Epsom Downs on TV last summer can attest, anything can happen even in the most prestigious and historic horse races. Doyle is clearly comfortable on big stages, so why not dream big and aim to become the first female jockey to ride a Classic winner? 

With a Group 1 winner already under her belt, plus valuable international experience gained in Hong Kong and the Middle East in the meantime, everything is in place for her to deliver even more success. Keep an eye on Doyle.

Monday, 15 March 2021

Cheltenham Festival Day 1

 Are you ready for lift off? 

It's been a long, old, year of trials and tribulations. 

However, the sun is about to shine with the Cheltenham Festival held at Prestbury Park. 

Now, I'm not sure if you're into your football, horse racing or just love a bet, but Betway Racing have hit the nail on the head when it comes to promoting the greatest National Hunt meeting on Planet Earth. 

In fact, I'm pretty sure Mars Rover will discover an alien life form these next few days as a little grey may looks through his super telescope to watch the Cheltenham Gold Cup.  

So what's it all about? You'd better ask commentator Richard Hoiles as he interviews Jessie Lingard and three other players from West Ham United Football Club in a racing-themed game show called the Betway bumper. It's a hilarious opportunity to learn what your favourite players know about everything equine. 

For starters, can they draw a horse? 

Sounds unusual, well you have to see the rest of the video, below, to see these rare talents at work. 

Wednesday, 10 March 2021

Can De Bromhead capitalise on new gains?


Envoi Allen, Galvin and Ballyadam are the horses that have travelled into new yards amid the Gordon Elliott scandal that has rocked horse racing. The outstanding competitors have been shifted away as he serves a six-month suspension, despite the fact that Denise Foster has stepped into the breach to replace Elliott at the Cullentra Stables. 

All three horses were leading contenders in the horse racing betting odds in their respective races heading into the 2021 Cheltenham Festival, highlighting their quality. Envoi Allen is perhaps the biggest loss from the Cullentra Yard due to his exceptional talent on the track. There will be no replacing his talent in the near future. 

The loss of Envoi Allen from Elliott’s yard is the gain of Henry de Bromhead. De Bromhead has a solid record on the track, recording wins in the Champion Chase with Sizing Europe and Special Tiara. Sizing Europe and Put The Kettle On have also won the Arkle Chase for the Irishman at Cheltenham Festival. However, the major prize of the Gold Cup has eluded De Bromhead thus far ahead of the 2021 Festival, although given the influx of quality into his yard that could change in the future. 

De Bromhead already boasted arguably the best chaser in the field with the brilliant Honeysuckle in his ranks. Envoi Allen could hand the Irishman two of the best horses in the National Hunt should the seven-year-old continue on his trajectory. There is even belief that Envoi Allen could be ready for the step up in the next campaign to challenge for the Gold Cup. The French thoroughbred has mastered every challenge that has been thrown his way to date. It remains to be seen whether the change in scenery from Cullentra to Waterford will have any bearing on his form.


De Bromhead has made the wise decision to continue with Jack Kennedy in the saddle for Envoi Allen given the understanding between the pair. Those choices will be key in the future in the development of the horse. Kennedy has also been successful with Ballyadam and Quilixios, and would have been fearful of losing all three rides to Rachael Blackmore, De Bromhead’s preferred jockey for his leading charges. However, De Bromhead has been bold and stuck Kennedy and it could allow a new relationship to blossom that benefits both parties.
The Irishman has gained a great deal with his new partnership with Cheveley Park Stud, but now has to deliver on the major stage. There will be pressure not only in the short term but in the long term to ensure that the quality horses maximise their potential on the Grand Stage. A huge opportunity awaits De Bromhead, one that could push him into the upper echelons of trainers on the National Hunt in the hope of matching the success of Nicky Henderson and Willie Mullins. The next 12 months will be fascinating to see whether he can mould his new horses into shape and chase the Gold Cup that has eluded many great trainers in the sport throughout the years.

Wednesday, 17 February 2021

Richard Fahey Horse Trainer Database


Welcome to Horse Trainer Database

''Horse Trainer Websites, Blogs, Social Media & Tracks''


HORSE TRAINER DATABASE 


''why search the internet for horse trainer news when we deliver it fast''

Welcome to Horse Trainer Database: a  platform which details predominantly UK horse trainer websites, blogs, social media & racecourse news.  

I created this handy website because it seemed like hard work bookmarking umpteen pages. Why wasn't the info in one place? Sure there are other websites who have a page or two but nothing so dedicated that everything is in one place. 

We have worked with many trainers over the years promoting the horse racing industry. It is always a pleasure to support new trainers. Our vast mailing list can get the word out there and you literally never know who is reading. It could be a new horse owner or someone interested in a syndicate. 

We've been amazed by the response we have gained since starting this handy website. It is ideal for race fans, punters looking for a racing tip or two, contacting trainers, news and media resources. You name it, they are using the Horse Trainer Database. 

Come join the community spirit by exchanging links. 

Don't waste time searching the internet for horse trainer info when our database does the job. If you wish to give feedback on how we can improve the website or you wish to contact us then please do so at info@horsetrainerdatabase.com 

Thanks for your support

Sunday, 24 January 2021

John Gosden Horse Trainer Database


Welcome to Horse Trainer Database

''Horse Trainer Websites, Blogs, Social Media & Tracks''


HORSE TRAINER DATABASE 


''why search the internet for horse trainer news when we deliver it fast''

Welcome to Horse Trainer Database: a  platform that details predominantly UK horse trainer websites, blogs, social media & racecourse news.  

I created this handy website because it seemed like hard work bookmarking umpteen pages. Why wasn't the info in one place? Sure there are other websites who have a page or two but nothing so dedicated that everything is in one place. 

We have worked with many trainers over the years promoting the horse racing industry. It is always a pleasure to support new trainers. Our vast mailing list can get the word out there and you literally never know who is reading. It could be a new horse owner or someone interested in a syndicate. 

We've been amazed by the response we have gained since starting this handy website. It is ideal for race fans, punters looking for a racing tip or two, contacting trainers, news and media resources. You name it, they are using the Horse Trainer Database. 

Come join the community spirit by exchanging links. 

Don't waste time searching the internet for horse trainer info when our database does the job. If you wish to give feedback on how we can improve the website or you wish to contact us then please do so at info@horsetrainerdatabase.com 



Thanks for your support

Friday, 13 November 2020

Three Big Targets for Nicky Henderson This Season

Nicky Henderson goes into the 2020/21 National Hunt season as the man to beat again in the Trainers’ Championship. The Lambourn trainer once again has a strong stable of horses representing him. 

Here is a look at three big targets for Henderson this season and who may shine from his yard. 

Tingle Creek Chase – Altior 

It has not been an easy 12 months for Altior who was forced to miss the Cheltenham Festival in 2020 with an injury. Henderson will be keen for his star chaser to prove his class again over fences across the next six months.


The 10-year-old is set to feature in the Tingle Creek Chase at Sandown next month, the race he won in 2018. If he is able to return to victory in the Grade One contest at the Esher track, it will put him on course for another shot at the Queen Mother Champion Chase.

It was not long ago that Altior was considered to be the biggest star in the sport over fences. Given his age, he still has the chance to return to that position. The Tingle Creek is going to be the perfect test for him so Henderson can be forgiven for being a little nervous about how the race will unfold. 

King George VI Chase – Champ One 

of the leading novice chasers last season, as proven when he won the RSA Chase at the Festival, was Champ. The eight-year-old won three of his races in the 2019/20 campaign and his only defeat came when he fell at the last fence at Kempton when clear of his rivals.

Champ is set to compete with the best horses in the UK and Ireland this season. All the leading 3m+ races are on the table for him, including the King George VI Chase on Boxing Day where he is 10/1 in the horse racing betting to come out top. It is safe to say that expectations are very high for this novice chaser. 

Henderson has won the feature race of the festive programme on three occasions. Long Run was successful in 2010 and 2017, while his hat-trick of wins was brought up by Might Bite in 2017. Champ gives him a great opportunity to celebrate again on Boxing Day. 

Champion Hurdle – Epatante


The six-time Champion Trainer has had some excellent hurdlers in his yard since he took up a trainers licence. Last season’s Champion Hurdle winner Epatante is the latest of those. She gave him his eighth win in the premier hurdle contest back in March.

Although she dominated the division last season, there may be a lot more to come from this talented mare. The main target for her will be to defend her crown in the Champion Hurdle. Only two horses over the last 20 years have been able to do that and they were Hardy Eustace in 2005 and more recently, Buveur d'Air in 2018. 

Back-to-back wins in March will help Epatante establish herself as one of the best of her generation, so there is a lot at stake. 

With the above three horses, and many more tipped to have a great season, Henderson should be set for a flurry of Grade One winners before the end of April.

Monday, 14 September 2020

Johnston Closing In On Leading Trainer Status After Yet Another Stellar Campaign

It would be fair to say that, for many of us, 2020 has been a year of change and uncertainty. 

But for Mark Johnston, it has – in many ways – been business as usual as the Yorkshire handler has enjoyed yet another bumper season of winners on the flat. 

He has built a substantial lead on his nearest challenger, John Gosden, for leading trainer honours – at the time of writing, Johnston was 17 winners clear of Gosden and 31 ahead of Richard Hannon. 

It’s testament to the Middleham man’s work rate, as much as anything else. He has saddled more runners than any other trainer this term, and there are some who claim his success rate of 13.82% of winners should not lead to him being named top trainer – Gosden, by contrast, has won on 24.38% of occasions. 


But that does too much to diminish the hard work of a man who has raked in more than £17 million in prize money over the past five seasons, and who still has a number of horses at his yard capable of outstanding feats.




Nayef Road won the Sagaro Stakes earlier in the year, was second in the Ascot Gold Cup and gave Stradivarius an almighty scare in the Goodwood Cup. Subjectivist lived up to his short horse racing betting odds for Glorious Goodwood when winning the March Stakes, Dark Vision landed the Royal Hunt Cup while Marie’s Diamond pulled off something of an underdog victory at 14/1 in the Paradise Stakes. These are just the headline acts from another stellar campaign for the veteran.

There is still time for Gosden, and perhaps one or two others, to catch Johnston at the top of the flat trainer standings, but should the 60-year-old hang on it would be a thoroughly fitting way to end the season. 


Here’s a recap of Mark Johnston’s finest moments as a handler. 

Back in the 90s 

Johnston first started training racehorses in Lincoln back in 1987, and after enjoying some early successes that convinced him to set up his now-famous Middleham yard where he still resides to this day. 

And it wasn’t long before the major winners rolled in. Mister Baileys triumphed in the 2,000 Guineas in 1994, and a year later Johnston experienced every flat trainers’ dream – landing the Ascot Gold Cup courtesy of Double Trigger.

Further domestic success came via Bijou d’Inde in the St James’ Palace Stakes, before Johnston started notching winners overseas – Princely Heir won a quality Phoenix Stakes renewal at Curragh in 1997 before Fruits of Love landed the lucrative Dubai Sheema Classic in 1999. 


Millennium Man 

Those early years of the new millennium were amongst the most fruitful for Johnston, with three of his favourite horses all doing the business in majors. Royal Rebel won back-to-back editions of the Ascot Gold Cup in 2001 and 2002, while Shamardal – whom the trainer described as ‘the best racehorse of his generation’ – would win the Vintage Stakes and Dewhurst Stakes as a two-year-old before landing the St James’ Palace Stakes and the Prix de Jockey Club in an equally bumper season as a three-year-old. 


And then there was Attraction, an injury-hit horse who Johnston persevered with, landed the 1,000 Guineas, the Coronation Stakes and the Sun Chariot Stakes in a bumper 2004. No wonder the trainer has stated that Attraction is the ‘one I’m most proud of’.




Personal Milestones

When reflecting on their careers, many unassuming trainers like Johnston focus on the exploits of their horses, rather than their own achievements. 

But it is worth remembering a couple of personal milestones that he has racked up in recent times that have confirmed his status as one of the most successful trainers of all time.

Johnston enjoyed the 4,000th winner of his career – only the third flat or jumps trainer in history to achieve the feat – when the aptly-named Dominating triumphed in October 2017, before an astonishing 4,194th victor, making Johnston the most successful flat trainer of all-time, duly arrived in August 2018. 

And the bad news for every other flat trainer in racing is that you suspect many more are yet to follow.

Tuesday, 25 August 2020

Andrew Balding Horse Trainer Database


Welcome to Horse Trainer Database

''Horse Trainer Websites, Blogs, Social Media & Tracks''


HORSE TRAINER DATABASE 


''why search the internet for horse trainer news when we deliver it fast''

Welcome to Horse Trainer Database: a  platform that details predominantly UK horse trainer websites, blogs, social media & racecourse news.  

I created this handy website because it seemed like hard work bookmarking umpteen pages. Why wasn't the info in one place? Sure there are other websites who have a page or two but nothing so dedicated that everything is in one place. 

We have worked with many trainers over the years promoting the horse racing industry. It is always a pleasure to support new trainers. Our vast mailing list can get the word out there and you literally never know who is reading. It could be a new horse owner or someone interested in a syndicate. 

We've been amazed by the response we have gained since starting this handy website. It is ideal for race fans, punters looking for a racing tip or two, contacting trainers, news and media resources. You name it, they are using the Horse Trainer Database. 

Come join the community spirit by exchanging links. 

Don't waste time searching the internet for horse trainer info when our database does the job. If you wish to give feedback on how we can improve the website or you wish to contact us then please do so at info@horsetrainerdatabase.com 




Thanks for your support