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David Dennis Bio

After Andy Hobbs left Tyre Hill Stables, the site was taken on by David Dennis.

David Dennis is another trainer who has been involved with horses from a very young age and has grown up with them. It is so often the case that those who spend a lifetime working in the sport grow up with horseracing in the blood and David is no exception.

His parents had racehorses throughout his children and it was this close interaction that helped him to develop a natural affinity for thoroughbreds and for the sport.

At the age of 16 he began to ride horses as an amateur jockey before turning professional in the year 2000. He rode professionally for eleven years and was in the saddle of over 240 winners in that time.

In that time he won a number of high profile races. He is on record as saying the best horses he has even ridden were Brewster, on whom he won the Grade 1 Challow Hurdle at Newbury in 2004, and Kingsmark, which he steered to three consecutive wins in the Edward Hanmer Memorial Chase at Haydock between 2000 and 2002.

He also won the Lanzarote Hurdle at Kempton Park on Majlis.

Many jockeys look to move into training after their career in the saddle comes to an end, but David was looking into the next step in his horseracing career long before he hung up his whip. He rode for numerous different trainers from a number of different yards and this gave David invaluable experience of different approaches and styles of racehorse training. This breadth of experience has stood him in great stead as he develops his own style.

After retiring from life as a professional jockey in 2011, David initially set up his own pre-training yard before successfully gaining a dual license to train in September 2013. He then got off to a flying start when he achieved his first winner in the same month, with Princess Caetani coming home first at Chepstow in a flat race.

There has been plenty of success following that initial victory as well. Marju’s Quest was ridden to three consecutive victories by no lesser jockey than 19 times Champion Jockey Tony McCoy, and David already has coming up to 50 winners under his belt. As many of the horses under his tutelage are young, this number is likely to shoot up quite rapidly in the months and years ahead.

He has big ambitions as a trainer and has invested considerable sums in Tyre Hill Stables, as he knows to get ahead in the cutthroat world of horseracing you have to have the best equipment. Take a look at our profile of Tyre Hill Stables for details of the fantastic range of facilities they now have there. He is also looking to add an additional 60 stables to the complex, bringing the total on-site to 90, and making a real statement of intent for the future.

There is certainly the demand there for his services. Tyre Hill Stables official launch drew no fewer than 750 people to take a look at the renovations, whilst a more recent open day attracted more than 600. At all events of this nature there are enquiries about both the horses for sale at the yard, and about bringing other horses in to work with David.

This is a direct result of the investment made by David and his business partner Jim Cockburn.

There are few trainers that move into this challenging environment with more certainty about what they want to do than David. His extensive and varied experience means he revels in the challenging of developing individual programmes for each horse that comes through the yard, and seeking to maximise individual potential.

He still looks to ride all of the horses in his care at least once or twice a week and is a keen advocate of the view that you can only really understand a horse and what’s its needs are by riding it.

He is also taking a very modern approach to the world of horseracing, with a flashy new website, an active presence on social media, and even hiring a PR agency for the opening of Tyre Hill Stables.

His ultimate goal is the Cheltenham Gold Cup, and whilst that particular chalice might still be a few years off, it would be a brave man to bet against it. David Dennis has taken the excellent set-up he inherited from Andy Hobbs and utterly revolutionised it. If anyone is going to do the same for the sport, it is him.