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Cotswold Trainers

Andy Hobbs and David Dennis were drawn to Tyre Hill Stables in part because of the exquisitely beautiful setting it is located in, at the foot of the Malvern Hills on the edge of the beautiful Cotswolds.

The Cotswolds are ideally suited for training thoroughbreds, with flat, or gently rolling countryside, wide rural expanses, excellent transport links, and a range of high quality local racecourses to make use of.

It is of course no coincidence that a number of trainers have chosen to establish operations in the region, and this is our guide to the pick of the Cotswold Racehorse Trainers:

Jonjo O’Neill Racing Ltd:

Undoubtedly the most successful trainer to be operating out of the Cotswolds at the present time, Jonjo O’Neill. Originally from Ireland, O’Neill had a hugely successful career as a jockey, being twice Champion Jockey and winning the Cheltenham Gold Cup on Dawn Run, amongst an impressive 885 career winners. His training career has been equally successful, with Synchronised being another Gold Cup winner he can lay claim to. His work as a trainer benefits from his stables, known as Jackdaws Castle, being one of the finest facilities anywhere in the world. It is set in 500 acres of Cotswold countryside and has more than three miles of horse walks within the estate. It also offers three eight-furlong grass gallops, each with an incline climb, a five-furlong Eurotrack gallop, and a Polytrack gallop over a mile long.

Contact:

Jackdaws Castle

Temple Guiting

Cheltenham

Gloucestershire

GL54 5XU,

Tel: 01386 584209

Email: enquiries@jonjooneillracing.com

For much more information about Jonjo O’Neill and his operations at Jackdaws Castle, visit www.jonjooneillracing.com

Nigel Twiston-Davies:

The other big name in horseracing to have his base in the Cotswolds, in Nigel Twiston-Davies. A National Hunt specialist, Twiston-Davies began training more than 30 years ago, in 1981, and has trained more than 1,000 winners. He currently has two Grand Nations two his name, thanks to Earth Summit in 1998 and Bindaree in 2002, as well as a Cheltenham Gold Cup courtesy of Imperial Commander in 2010. His base at Naunton in Gloucestershire is one of the best in the country, and is in a constant state of development. They can boast five flights of hurdles and schooling fences on their uphill grass gallops and an outdoor school which is used for grid work and practice over smaller obstacles before horses move on the gallops.

Contact:

Nigel Twiston-Davies

Grange Hill Farm

Naunton

Cheltenham

Gloucestershire

GL54 3AY

Tel: 01451 850278

Email: nigel@nigeltwistondavies.co.uk

For more details, visit www.nigeltwistondavies.co.uk

Millhouse Racing (Tony Carroll):

Tony Carroll’s Millhouse Racing operation is situated in Cropthorne, in the beautiful Vale of Evesham. It was designed and built specifically for the training of Racehorses, rather than being adapted from a farm or other use as is so often the case. The Tony Carroll Racing team moved onto the new site in early 2006 making it one of the most modern Racehorse training facilities in the country, and it has helped Tony’s business go from strength to strength.

Contact:

Millhouse Racing

Field Barn Lane

Cropthorne

Worcestershire

WR10 3LY

For more details, visit www.awcarroll.co.uk

Richard Phillips Racing:

National hunt trainer at Adlestrop stables in the Cotswolds.

Richard Phillips acing is a National Hunt training establishment based at Adlestrop Stables near Moreton in Marsh, at the very heart of the Cotswolds. It is an idyllic location which combines beautiful Cotswold scenery with some of the country’s most modern training facilities. The stables originally was the location of a stud farm run by John and Cynthia Hayden, where a number of successful horses including Idiot’s Delight, were bred. It was then the home of three-day-event rider Mark Todd, who won some of the world’s major three-day-event titles whilst based there. In 2002 Richard Phillips purchased the site and went about creating a highly successful training yard.

Contact:

Richard Phillips Racing

Adlestrop Stables

Adlestrop

Moreton in Marsh

Gloucestershire

GL56 0YN.

Tel: 01608 658710

For more information, take a look at www.richardphillipsracing.com

Alan Juckes Racing:

Located in the picturesque Worcestershire village of Abberley, just a stones throw from the Malvern Hills and Tyre Hill Stables, is Alan Juckes’ purpose built yard tailored to the precise requirements of thoroughbred racehorse training. It currently has 40 stables, as well as an equine pool, solarium, horse walker, treadmill, all weather gallop, and a new all-weather sand circular gallop. It also has more than 300 acres of privately owned rides, long grass gallops and quiet country lanes, making it a perfect setting for any thoroughbred to reach its peak.

Contact:

Bank Lane

Abberley

Worcestershire

WR6 6BQ

Yard telephone: 01299 896522