Colin Tizzard is based at Milborne Port, near Sherborne in Dorset in the beautiful Blackmore Vale just 10 miles from Wincanton racecourse. Besides his stableyard he has a 500 acre dairy farm which creates a relaxed atmosphere and provides plenty of variety for the horses which enables them to perform to the best of their abilities. Colin has enjoyed huge success and finished in the top five in the Trainers Championship for the last couple of years. His current top stable stars include Cue Card, Thistlecrack and Native River but there really are too many others to list here!
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Colin trains Queen of the Wind who is progressing nicely in her hurdling career. She has won three and we hope to see her win again soon.
We regularly hold Stable Visits to Spurles Farm when Chasing Gold members can see their horses put through their paces on the gallops. Colin and his team spend a lot of time with us explaining their plans and aspirations for the horses in their charge and it is really fascinating listening to them. Afterwards we adjourn for lunch at a local pub, joined by Colin and some of his team who chat to our members and are happy to answer their questions. Annually Colin also invites our members to his Owners Lunch when we meet up with all his other owners to see a parade of all his horses in training. These are very sociable occasions and great fun.
Nick Williams is based at George Nympton, near South Molton in Devon and has an excellent team of horses in training. His yard is set in 100 acres of rolling Devon countryside and has an excellent 5½ furlong all weather gallop which climbs about 400' from start to finish. He turns horses out in the paddocks every afternoon and believes they benefit from a regime of natural goodness and relaxation. Nick also races his horses in France adding an extra dimension for members. He has been very successful over the last few years and has won prestigious races including the Hennessy Gold Cup, the Grade 1 Betway Bowl at Aintree and also had a Cheltenham Festival winner.
Nick trains Horatio Hornblower, winner of seven races (2 hurdle, 5 chases) and his most recent win came at Doncaster in December 2019. That was his second win last season! He is now 13, but still retains his zest for racing!
We regularly arrange Stable Visits to Nick's yard, and he invites all Chasing Gold members and their guests to a special Owners Day each year when they are treated to a morning on the gallops, followed by a Stable Tour and lunch. This is a great day for members to get to know each other and see how well their horses are progressing. Judging by the comments we've received from members, they really enjoy themselves.
Harry Fry became one of the youngest trainers in the country when he launched his career in October 2012 following five years as assistant to the multiple champion National Hunt trainer Paul Nicholls. Chiefly in charge of Nicholls’ satellite yard at Seaborough in Dorset for his mentor Richard Barber, he was widely and deservedly credited for preparing Rock On Ruby to win the Champion Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival in 2012. Forward planning, attention to detail and a single minded determination to succeed saw him swiftly establish himself as one of the brightest young training talents in the industry. Harry Fry has now moved to his new purpose-built base at Higher Crockermoor Farm near Dorchester, Dorset, and is justly proud of his purpose-built extensive facilities.
There were many highlights but pride of place was Unowhatimeanharry with his spirited victory in the Grade 1 Ladbrokes Stayers' Hurdle in April 2017 at Punchestown. Unowhatimeanharry has now earned over £400,000 in winning ten of his thirteen starts since Harry bought him in the summer of 2015.
All the evidence so far suggests that Harry is heading relentlessly for the top of the trainers' tree.
Harry trains White Hart Lady and Whitehotchillifili.
To visit the Harry Fry Racing website please click here.
I am delighted to announce that Jamie Snowden has joined the Chasing Gold team and is training our lovely Presenting mare Howdilyoudo.
Born in 1979, Jamie nurtured a passion for racing from an early age through Pony Club, hunting, and Point to Pointing. Whilst at Radley College, Jamie rode out for Nigel Twiston-Davies, and during his gap year he worked as an Assistant Trainer for a flat yard in New Zealand. He continued to work ride for many trainers while at Newcastle University including Sue Smith and Chris Grant. As a Captain in the Kings Royal Hussars he rapidly became the first choice of trainers seeking a telling advantage in the annual military races each spring at Sandown. He rattled up four triumphs in the Grand Military Gold Cup and a further four in the Royal Artillery Gold Cup. Though I imagine his proudest moment in the saddle came when he carried the Queen’s colours to victory on First Love in a race at Sandown in 2006 run in memory of her mother. Jamie progressed to achieve around sixty pointing wins and a further forty winners under rules as a much in demand amateur.
After a season as pupil assistant for champion trainer Paul Nicholls, Jamie then worked for three seasons as assistant trainer and amateur jockey for Nicky Henderson before branching out on his own in 2008. He began with one horse, one member of staff and a bucketful of dreams at a rented yard in Ebbesbourne Wake, a remote Wiltshire village. Those first three seasons delivered a respectable total of twenty wins but by now Jamie was impatient for more. Conscious that he needed better facilities to enhance his career he took the bold decision in 2011 to leave Wiltshire and buy Folly House in Lambourn. It proved to be an inspired choice as Knighton Combe, the first runner from his new quarters, landed the Summer National, and Ixora became his first Cheltenham winner. Others quickly followed and by the end of the campaign the name of Jamie Snowden had leapfrogged up the trainer’s table with nineteen winners.
Last season (2019/20) was his best numerically despite the season ending 6 weeks early, as they ended on 46 winners (from their 50 horse yard) with a total of just shy of £380,000. That came at a strike rate of 22%, and there were only two trainers inside the top 25 with a better strike rate.
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Tom is based at Down Farm in the picturesque Slad Valley in Gloucestershire and has been training horses since 1995 with his wife Sophie and has turned the 400-acre farm into a state of the art racehorse training centre for some of the top National Hunt horses in Great Britain and France. His facilities are constantly being updated and are second to none with 3 unique all-weather gallops and top class schooling grounds. The combination of these facilities and his dedicated team of staff are a proven formula in the horse racing industry. The relaxed environment surrounding the yard enables their horses to achieve their full potential and provide connections with some great days out!
They have now trained over 800 winners, eleven at Grade 1 level across the UK, France and Ireland including two Grade 1 winners at the Cheltenham Festival – the pinnacle week of National Hunt Racing 10 miles down the road!
Tom is training our lovely Kalanisi mare Lydia Violet.
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