Champagne Champ

While collecting some stats for a website update, it came to our attention that our most recent winner, CHAMPAGNE CHAMP at Newmarket in November was our 700th domestic winner (Sergeant Cecil’s G1 Cadran and Master Carpenter’s G3 at Chantilly take us to 702 in total) and took our prize money earnings past £6.5 MILLION!

Rod started training in 1990 with just three horses, so thirty years later to have achieved such a landmark is something we are proud of. Our very first winner was Royal Dartmouth at Warwick on the 17th April 1990, one of twelve during a successful debut season. The subsequent recession hit racing hard and it wasn’t until LORD KINTYRE’s landmark success in the 1997 Weatherbys Super Sprint that things really began to take off.

There have been many highlights throughout the past 30 years, as seen by the races listed below but the obvious standout horse was SERGEANT CECIL. This tough chestnut gelding landed the unique handicap treble of the Northumberland Plate, Ebor and Cesarewitch in 2005 before improving into a top-level Group performer, landing his Group 1 with a devasting turn of foot in the Prix Du Cadran at Longchamp. Other pattern performers have been HAWRIDGE PRINCE, a Listed/Group 3 winner in the same year as Cecil, WHITBARROW a very speedy two-year-old, landing the Woodcote at Epsom on Derby Day and the Molecomb at Glorious Goodwood, while MASTER CARPENTER was our most recent black-type winner, landing a Group 3 at Chantilly as well as the valuable John Smith’s Cup at York. While we have gone full circle as BETTYS HOPE’s huge win in the Weatherbys Super Sprint last season has resulted in an increase of horses and plenty to look forward to in the future.

While the above were some of the ‘star’ horses, we are particularly proud at how successful we have been with a range of horses in various disciplines. Even though we are now predominantly a flat yard, we can certainly train a jumper as 57 of those 700 winners have come in the National Hunt sphere. However, we couldn’t have trained those winners without the help of some wonderful staff and owners over the past 30 years and we hope for plenty more success in the future.

Big Race Wins (Class 1/2)

20 Jul 2019          BETTYS HOPE                     Newb    5f            Weatherbys Super Sprint (£122,925)

20 Jul 2019          SUFFICIENT                        Newb    1m          British EBF Premier Fillies Handicap (£18,675)

6 Jul 2019             BETTYS HOPE                     Chelm   6f            Bet At Nursery (£12,938)

12 Apr 2018        DUKE OF BRONTE             Chelm   1m2f      Bet Trifecta At Handicap (£16,172)

9 Sep 2017           DUKE OF BRONTE             Ascot     1m4f      Appletiser Stakes (£62,250)

21 Jul 2017          LANGLAUF                          Chelm   1m6f      totepool Like Us On Facebook Fillies Hcap (£16,172)

17 May 2017       MASTER CARPENTER      York       1m2f      Sky Bet First Race Special Handicap (£15,562)

11 Jul 2015          MASTER CARPENTER      York       1m2f      56th John Smith’s Cup (£93,375)

30 Jun 2014         MASTER CARPENTER      Chant    1m1f      Prix Daphnis Group 3 (£33,333)

29 May 2014       MASTER CARPENTER      Sand      1m          Heron Stakes Listed (£20,982)

14 May 2014       SHAVANSKY                       Ling        1m4f      Coral Mobile Handicap (£12,938)

21 May 2013       MASTER CARPENTER      Pont      6f            Youngsters Conditions Stakes (£9,337)

17 Apr 2013        SHAHDAROBA                   Newm  6f            Blue Frog Handicap (£12,938)     

8 Sep 2012           SHAVANSKY                       Kemp    1m          Betfred London Mile Final (£27,265)

8 Jul 2011             SHAVANSKY                       Chep     1m          Play Mecca Bingo Handicap (£8,086)       

10 Oct 2009         LIGHT FROM MARS         York       7f            Coral Handicap (£11,656)

13 Jun 2009         BRASSINI                             Sand      7f            Toteswinger Handicap (£11,215)

22 May 2009       ROI DE VITESSE                 Pont      6f            Youngsters Conditions Stakes (£9,346)

11 Jul 2008          PHANTOM WHISPER       Chep     6f            Crown Hotels & Restaurants Sprint Stakes (£11,354)

9 Jul 2007             EL BOSQUE                         Ripon    6f            Commercial First Mortgages Handicap (£10,363)

18 May 2007       SERGEANT CECIL               York       1m6f      Emirates Airline Yorkshire Cup Group 2 (£79,492)

14 Oct 2006         HAWRIDGE PRINCE         Newm  2m          Jockey Club Cup Group 3 (£28,390)

1 Oct 2006           SERGEANT CECIL               Long      2m4f      Prix du Cadran Group 1 (£98,517)

24 Sep 2006        HAWRIDGE PRINCE         Ascot     2m          SIS Fenwolf Stakes Listed (£17,034)

8 Sep 2006           SERGEANT CECIL               York       2m2f      GNER Doncaster Cup Group 2 (£56,780)

22 Aug 2006        SERGEANT CECIL               York       2m          Weatherbys Insurance Lonsdale Cup Group 2 (£70,975)

15 Oct 2005         SERGEANT CECIL               Newm  2m2f      Totesport Cesarewitch (£75,400)

17 Aug 2005        SERGEANT CECIL               York       1m6f      Totesport Ebor (£130,000)

25 Jun 2005         SERGEANT CECIL               Newc    2m          John Smith’s Northumberland Plate (£104,400)

13 Sep 2002        FLEETWOOD BAY              Donc      6f            DBS St Leger Yearling Stakes (£27,000)

16 Aug 2002        OPTIMAITE                         Newb    1m3f      Run Your Own Pub Rated Stakes (£10,978)

30 Jun 2002         OPTIMAITE                         Donc      1m2f      Home of Sunday Racing Handicap (£11,076)

25 May 2002       WHITBARROW                  Hayd      6f            Weatherbys VAT Return Rated Stakes Listed (£17,400)

2 Aug 2001          WHITBARROW                  Good     5f   Molecomb Group 3 (£27,000)

9 Jun 2001           WHITBARROW                  Epsom  6f            Vodafone Woodcote Stakes Listed (£23,200)

21 May 2001       WHITBARROW                  Wind     5f            Maitland Consultancy Conditions Stakes (£7,624)

7 Sep 2000         LORD KINTYRE                   Donc      5f            Kyoto Scarbrough Stakes Listed (£14,508)

15 May 2000       OPTIMAITE                         Salis       1m4f      EBF Durnford Classified (£8,681)

28 Apr 1999        OPTIMAITE                         Ascot     5f            Garter Conditions Stakes (£7,282)

28 Dec 1998        WORLD EXPRESS              Kemp    2m5f      Pertemps Network Handicap Hurdle (£5,440)

22 Apr 1998        KEWARRA                           Epsom  1m2f      City and Suburban Handicap (£10,698)

1 Jan 1998           KENDAL CAVALIER           Chelt     4m          Mike Gosling Handicap Chase (£8,286)

19 Jul 1997          LORD KINTYRE                   Newb    5f            Weatherbys Super Sprint (£74,671)