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Induna Stables are located on the Fordham road in the CB8 7AQ district of Newmarket. Although it is likely to have been named after Major R Macdonald-Buchanan's 1956 Epsom Derby runner Induna, who was unplaced behind LAVADIN (SR 1938), its name could have come from a large number of other sources, one of which is the Zulu name for great advisor and leader, whilst a second might have come from 1899, when a war correspondent, Sir Winston Churchill, escaped from a prison in Pretoria on the weekly steamer, which travelled from Delagoa Bay to Durban, called the Induna. However, a third source is that it is named after the winner of the 1930 South Australian Derby, Induna, a race over 2500 metres which was first held in 1860.
For over 4 centuries racing has been staged in Newmarket, but how have the racecourses evolved from an initial starting point at Fleam Dyke Pumping Station, some 8 miles from the town, with a winning post barely 200 metres from the town centre, into two world recognized, excellent racecourses and a universal acceptance that Newmarket is the Headquarters of racing?
To access an interactive racecourse map showing over 50 individually named racecourses CLICK HERE. The map will enable you to:-
1. Determine when extended races over 8 miles, 6 miles and 4 miles began to be replaced by the courses now visited by thousands annually;
2. Consider how the challenge of crossing the Devil's Dyke was overcome;
3. Contemplate why the town no longer has a steeplechase course despite having at least 5 courses during the past 2 centuries;
4. Examine the practicalities of having up to 48 starting posts and winning posts;
5. Appreciate that it was not financially viable to have an open racecourse spread widely across the heath, with a finishing post barely 200 metres from the town centre;
6. Research how and why the Cambridgeshire Handicap has been contested over 3 different courses.
NOTE: The map does not make mention of 2 particular courses:-
(i) Sefton Course (also known as the Cambridge Road Course)
Source: 1970 Raceform. Used from 1959 to 1975.
(ii) New Circular Course
The Circular Handicap was run on Friday 29th October 1875 on the New Circular Course of about two miles.
Source: London Standard (30th October 1875): ''the horses started near the Turn of the Lands, ran back way of the Cambridgeshire Course towards the Ditch, and afterwards proceeded down the side of the Tan Gallop, and turned into the Rowley Mile near the Bretby Stakes starting post, finishing at the stand at the end of the flat. Except in the hollow near the Cambridgeshire start the runners should have been visible all the way if the sky had been bright and clear''.
Another report hoped that the Circular Handicap would become a feature in future programmes, as it would be contested in front of the new grandstand which would be completed in about a year and would be able to accommodate thousands.
(I am grateful to Tim Cox for bringing attention to these 2 courses.)
Enjoy researching the intriguing history of Newmarket and its many racecourses.
|To enjoy the experience of a day at Newmarket races in May 1838 CLICK HERE
Pre 1970 George Lambton & Family
The Lambton family owned a vast amount of land near the town centre covered by part of their stud. The Lambton Fields, the town's main playing fields and pavilion, were leased to the town by George Lambton in 1979 for a century. That lease expires in 2068, whereupon the fields revert to the ownership of the Lambton Family. Furthermore, the land on which the Tesco store was built was previously part of the Lambton's paddocks. In the early 1970s the intervening land was sold for building and the stables were incorporated into Kremlin Stables when sold by Teddy Lambton to Jeremy Hindley.
1970-1976 Jeremy Hindley
Jeremy Hindley was assistant to the great Sir Noel Murless before moving to Harry Thompson-Jones, but in the 1970/71 season he felt it was time to launch his own training career. Jeremy purchased Kremlin Stables and the nearby paddocks owned by Captain Edward 'Teddy' George Lambton, a racehorse trainer who subsequently died on 23rd June 1983. Jeremy extended the yard, building an extra 20 wooden loose boxes and two Dutch barns, celebrating his first winner, Hardship, in a novice hurdle at Warwick in December 1970. In his first flat season, 1971, Jeremy enjoyed 8 winners, the first being Fivepenny Piece at Yarmouth in June 1971. Successful stables need showpiece horses to advertise their stable and Jeremy got his first showpiece horse in 1972 when a two-year-old, The Go-Between, won 7 of his 10 starts, culminating in a Newmarket 5 furlong success in the Cornwallis Stakes. In the same season he was gaining prestigious wins in France, capturing the Prix de Meautry with Some Hand. In the 1973 season his stable stars were Blessed Rock and Street Light, the former winning the Seaton Deleval and Hyperion Stakes, while the latter won the St Hugh Stakes at Newbury. Further important successes in the next 4 years included a Ribblesdale Stakes winner, Northern Princess, a Queen Alexandra winner, Coed Cochion, a Cork and Orrery winner, He Loves Me, and a Cambridgeshire winner, Sin Timon. Jeremy eventually sold Kremlin Stables to Michael Jarvis in 1976, at which point the whole, Kremlin and 'the paddocks', was split into two with what is now Induna being bought by Nelson Guest.
1972 Cornwallis Stakes THE GO-BETWEEN trained by Jeremy Hindley and ridden by Jimmy Lindley
1972 Prix de Meautry SOME HAND trained by Jeremy Hindley
1973 Seaton Deleval BLESSED ROCK owned by Mrs E Pouret, trained by Jeremy Hindley and ridden by Lester Piggott
1973 Hyperion Stakes BLESSED ROCK 11/8 fav owned by Mrs E Pouret, trained by Jeremy Hindley and ridden by Lester Piggott
1973 St Hugh Stakes STREET LIGHT 1/2 fav trained by Jeremy Hindley and ridden by Lester Piggott
1974 Lupe Stakes NORTHERN PRINCESS 11/4 owned by Shiegeo Yoshida, trained by Jeremy Hindley and ridden by Tony Kimberley
1974 Ribblesdale Stakes NORTHERN PRINCESS owned by Shiegeo Yoshida, trained by Jeremy Hindley and ridden by Tony Kimberley
1974 March Stakes at Goodwood CRASH COURSE owned by Mrs J Hindley, trained by Jeremy Hindley and ridden by Tony Kimberley
1975 Doncaster Cup CRASH COURSE owned by Mrs J Hindley, trained by Jeremy Hindley and ridden by Tony Kimberley
1975 Ascot Stakes CRASH COURSE owned by Mrs J Hindley, trained by Jeremy Hindley and ridden by Tony Kimberley
1975 City and Suburban SWELL FELLOW 15/2 owned by Joe Albritton, trained by Jeremy Hindley and ridden by Tony Kimberley
1975 Warren Stakes INVERGAYLE 25/1 owned by Joe Albritton, trained by Jeremy Hindley and ridden by Tony Kimberley
1976 Queen Alexandra Stakes at Royal Ascot COED COCHION owned by Bobby McAlpine, trained by Jeremy Hindley and ridden by Paul Cook
1976 Ascot Stakes TUDOR CROWN 66/1 trained by Jeremy Hindley and ridden by John Lowe
1976 Lonsdale Handicap COED COCHION owned by Bobby McAlpine, trained by Jeremy Hindley and ridden by Paul Cook
1977 Hungerford Stakes HE LOVES ME trained by Jeremy Hindley and ridden by Tony Kimberley
1977 Cork & Orrery Stakes HE LOVES ME trained by Jeremy Hindley and ridden by Joe Mercer
1977 Greenham Stakes HE LOVES ME 14/1 trained by Jeremy Hindley and ridden by Tony Kimberley
1977 Cambridgeshire SIN TIMON 18/1 trained by Jeremy Hindley and ridden by Tony Kimberley
Induna, Major R Macdonald-Buchanan, Marcus Marsh, Noel Cannon
The Induna Stable is named after the racehorse Induna, Swahili for a village chieftain, a bay foaled in 1953 by Migoli out of Solar Princess. He showed promise at two-years-old when winning the Rous Memorial Stakes at 10/1 when trained by Marcus Marsh, and even threatened to figure prominently in the Classics when he won the Lingfield Derby Trial at 10/1. However, he was unplaced at 9/1 in the Epsom Derby behind Lavadin (SR 1938), and in the St Leger behind Cambremer (SR 2036). At 3 he began to realise some of his potential, developing into a formidable staying handicapper when trained by Noel Cannon, winning the 1957 Great Yorkshire Handicap at Doncaster, but falling short in the Cesarewitch when fourth to Sandiacre. At four he was second in the Queen Alexandra Stakes behind Rally, before running unplaced in the Goodwood Stakes when made 4/1 fav, being soundly beaten by Predominate 100/9, the mount of Eph Smith. Noel Cannon retired from the training ranks in 1957.
1955 Rous Memorial Stakes INDUNA 10/1 owned by Major R Macdonald-Buchanan, trained by Marcus Marsh and ridden by Charlie Smirke
1956 Lingfield Derby Trial INDUNA 10/1 owned by Major R Macdonald-Buchanan, trained by Marcus Marsh and ridden by Charlie Smirke
1956 Epsom Derby INDUNA 9/1 unplaced behind Lavadin (SR 1938)
1956 St Leger INDUNA unplaced behind Cambremer (SR 2036)
1957 Great Yorkshire Stakes at Doncaster INDUNA 13/2 owned by Major R Macdonald-Buchanan, trained by Noel Cannon and ridden by Jack Purtell
1957 Purley Stakes at Lingfield INDUNA 2/1 jt fav owned by Major R Macdonald-Buchanan, trained by Noel Cannon and ridden by Jack Purtell
1957 Cesarewitch INDUNA 4th behind Sandiacre
1958 Queen Alexandra Stakes at Royal Ascot INDUNA 2nd at 2/1 behind Rally 6/5 fav
1958 Goodwood Stakes INDUNA 4/1 unplaced behind Predominate 100/9 ridden by Eph Smith
1976-1980 Nelson Guest
Nelson Guest, younger brother of Charlie and Joseph, was part of the Guest racing dynasty who were successful jockeys on the Flat and over jumps in the 1950s and 60s. Charlie never rode a winner on the Flat, but eked out a living on the National Hunt circuit. He married Joyce Edwards in December 1949 and they had 5 children, 3 girls and 2 boys, Rae and Richard. Rae continues to be a successful trainer in Newmarket, while Richard's main claim to fame is guiding Red Marauder to victory in the 2001 Aintree Grand National at 50/1. After Nelson retired from the saddle, he launched a successful training career, achieving a number of Classic wins in Denmark. He is reported to have purchased Induna Stables from Jeremy Hindley in 1976, with Jeremy moving across town to Clarehaven Stables in 1977. At some stage, possibly as early as 1980, Nelson sold Induna to Alan Baily.
1980-January 1992 Alan Bailey
In 1980 Nelson Guest sold Induna Stables to Alan Bailey, who was born in Lancashire on 9th April 1939, and served his jockey apprenticeship with Jack Colling between 1953 and 1958 after completing National Service in the Army Catering Corps. He launched his Newmarket training career in 1980 and lost no time in improving the facilities at Induna, converting the Dutch barns into stables, and bringing the capacity up to its current 60. He won the 1987 Ayr Gold Cup with Not So Silly and the 1988 Chester Cup with Old Hubert. He remained in charge at Induna until Chris and Carole bought the yard in February 1992.
1987 Ayr Gold Cup NOT SO SILLY 12/1 trained by Alan Bailey and ridden by Gary Bardwell
1988 Chester Cup OLD HUBERT 33/1 owned by Terry Ramsden, trained by Alan Bailey and ridden by Taffy Thomas
1992-present Christian Wall
Chris Wall, son of the former jumps trainer Ron Wall, and his wife Carole, have been in charge at Induna since 1992, having gained experience of the industry at Lambourn with Barry Hills, before becoming assistant to Sir Mark Prescott at Heath House Stables for 2 years, and a further 2 years with Luca Cumani at Bedford House. He prides himself on running a small yard, with 60 boxes, very efficiently and his many Listed and Group successes confirm that the recipe is working.
1988 Stewards Cup ROTHERFIELD GREYS 14/1 owned by Mrs D Gleeson, trained by Chris Wall and ridden by Nigel Day
1989 Gran Criterium Stakes at San Siro, Milan CANDY GLEN owned by Antonio Balzarini, trained by Chris Wall and ridden by Guy Guignard
|I am grateful to Ordnance Survey (© Crown Copyright) for permission to use the 1836 map shown above. Induna is 6
1995 Sandown Mile MISSED FLIGHT 7/4 fav owned by Walter Grubmuller, trained by Chris Wall and ridden by George Duffield
1996 Prix de L'Opera at Longchamp DONNA VIOLA 137/10 owned by Kieran D Scott, trained by Chris Wall and ridden by John Reid
1996 Yellow Ribbon Stakes at Santa Anita DONNA VIOLA owned by Kieran D Scott, trained by Chris Wall and ridden by Gary Stevens
1996 Wulfrun Stakes PRINCE OF ANDROS 7/2 owned by Dr Sinn Dung Wong, trained by Chris Wall and ridden by John Reid
1996 Matron Stakes at the Curragh DONNA VIOLA 5/2 owned by Kieran D Scott, trained by Chris Wall and ridden by John Reid
1997 Flying Five at Leopardstown MIDNIGHT ESCAPE 6/1 owned by Mervyn Ayers, trained by Chris Wall and ridden by Kevin Darley
1998 Rockingham Stakes UNDETERRED 14/1 owned by S Fustok, trained by Chris Wall and ridden by Gary Hind
2000 Montrose Stakes LA VITA E BELLA 20/1 owned by Ettore Landi, trained by Chris Wall and ridden by Richard Mullen
2002 Harry Rosebery Stakes BELLA TUSA 4/1 owned by Ettore Landi, trained by Chris Wall and ridden by Seb Sanders
2003 Bentinck Stakes ASHDOWN EXPRESS 13/2 owned by W J P Jackson, trained by Chris Wall and ridden by Richard Mullen
2003 Bengough Stakes ASHDOWN EXPRESS 13/2 owned by W J P Jackson, trained by Chris Wall and ridden by Richard Mullen
2005 Starlit Stakes ASHDOWN EXPRESS 15/8 owned by W J P Jackson, trained by Chris Wall and ridden by Kerrin McEvoy
2006 Abernant Stakes PARADISE ISLE 14/1 owned by The Equena Partnership, trained by Chris Wall and ridden by Kevin Darley
2006 Timeform Silver Salver PARADISE ISLE 6/1 owned by The Equena Partnership, trained by Chris Wall and ridden by Kevin Darley
2007 Chartwell Fillies Stakes WAKE UP MAGGIE 15/8 owned by J G Lambton, trained by Chris Wall and ridden by Richard Hughes
2007 Oak Tree Stakes WAKE UP MAGGIE 11/1 owned by J G Lambton, trained by Chris Wall and ridden by George Baker
2009 Grosse Europa Meile at Cologne PREMIO LOCO 11/10 fav owned by Bernard Westley, trained by Chris Wall and ridden by George Baker
2009 Bengough Stakes ROYAL ROCK 11/1 owned by Ms Aida Fustoq, trained by Chris Wall and ridden by George Baker
Despite having a relatively small yard, and training inexpensive horses, Chris has chalked up some remarkable successes both in the United Kingdom and abroad. Up to the 2019 season he had achieved over a score of Group successes, with his stable star Premio Loco achieving 8 alone. Much more than that, his loyal owners have enjoyed supporting their charges as far afield as Santa Anita in the USA with Donna Viola, San Siro in Milan with Candy Glen, Longchamp with Donna Viola, and Cologne in Germany with Premio Loco. It is clear that there are a few more chapters still to be written in the history of Induna Stables.
2010 Chartwell Fillies Stakes PYRRHA 100/30 owned by Lady Juliet Tadgell, trained by Chris Wall and ridden by Alan Munro
2010 Sunley Criterion Stakes PREMIO LOCO 25/1 owned by Bernard Westley, trained by Chris Wall and ridden by Jack Mitchell
2010 Summer Mile Stakes PREMIO LOCO 4/1 owned by Bernard Westley, trained by Chris Wall and ridden by George Baker
2010 Flying Fillies Stakes BOUNTY BOX 6/1 owned by John E Sims, trained by Chris Wall and ridden by George Baker
2011 Bengough Stakes ROYAL ROCK 16/1 owned by Ms Aida Fustoq, trained by Chris Wall and ridden by Ted Durcan
2012 Blue Square Winter Derby PREMIO LOCO 5/1 owned by Bernard Westley, trained by Chris Wall and ridden by George Baker
2012 Celebration Mile PREMIO LOCO 20/1 owned by Bernard Westley, trained by Chris Wall and ridden by George Baker
2014 Harry Rosebery Stakes ACCIPITER 25/1 owned by Follow the Flag Partnership, trained by Chris Wall and ridden by Ashley Morgan
2015 British EBF Stallion Stakes Land O'Burns Fillies Stakes KATAWI 33/1 owned by Moyns Park, trained by Chris Wall and ridden by David Allan
2017 Chartwell Fillies Stakes MIX AND MINGLE 9/2 owned by Ms Aida Fustoq, trained by Chris Wall and ridden by Ryan Moore
2017 Festival Stakes FIRST SITTING 16/1 owned by Bringloe and Clarke, trained by Chris Wall and ridden by Gerald Mosse
2018 Festival Stakes FIRST SITTING 6/1 owned by Bringloe and Clarke, trained by Chris Wall and ridden by Gerald Mosse
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