|St Gatien Stables
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1885-1894 Robert Sherwood
Robert Sherwood, born into a racing family whose father Ralph trained Amato (SR 2016) to win the 1838 Epsom Derby, was a very accomplished jockey who later became an equally successful trainer. His highest profile success as a jockey was partnering Wild Dayrell (SR 2032) to success for Mr Francis Popham in the 1855 Epsom Derby, but when he began struggling with his weight he turned his hand to training. He trained St Gatien (SR 2030) to achieve a dead-heat with Harvester in the 1884 Epsom Derby, while later that year he landed the Autumn Double with Florence in the Cambridgeshire and St Gatien in the Cesarewitch, although the story of St Gatien began sometime beforehand with Jack Hammond, a stable hand at Bedford Cottage Stables before he became too heavy to ride. He had sharp wits and a keen eye, winning sufficient as a professional backer to buy Exeter House and a stud. In 1882 Jack Hammond won a substantial amount of money when Dutch Oven (SR 1848) won the 1882 St Leger. The horse, owned by Viscount Falmouth, trained by Mat Dawson at Heath House Stables and ridden by Fred Archer was allowed to go off at 40/1 and with the proceeds Jack purchased St Gatien (SR 2030). The horse was sent to be trained by Bob Sherwood, then based at Exeter House Stables, and dead-heated in the 1884 Epsom Derby with Harvester (SR 1983). Jack was reported to have backed St Gatien for £1000 at 33/1 after the 2000 Guineas, also backing Harvester for £500, so the 1884 Derby result was a win-win situation for Jack. While Jack Hammond continued to be richly rewarded from his ownership of St Gatien, Bob Sherwood also won sufficient on the Classic winner, and the later Autumn Double, to build his own stables shortly after 1884, naming the stables St Gatien in honour of the horse. Today St Gatien Cottage stables spreads over 0.85 acres and consists of a main house with 4 bedrooms, 37 boxes in 2 separate yards, 4 staff flats, a horse walker, an office and paddock areas. In the early days of the life of the historic stables Robert Sherwood trained L'Abbesse de Jouarre (SR 1934) to land the 1889 Epsom Oaks for Lord Randolph Churchill, former Chancellor of the Exchequer and father of the great statesman Sir William Churchill. Robert Sherwood trained for some high-profile owners, including the Earl of Dunraven, Earl Howe and Sir R Waldie-Griffiths. However, his career was cut short when he suffered an apoplectic fit on Newmarket Heath on Monday 15th October 1894 whilst supervising his horses, and was returned to St Gatien House where he died later that week on Friday 19th October 1894. He was replaced at St Gatien by his son, also named Robert.
1884 Cambridgeshire FLORENCE 6/1 jt fav owned by Jack Hammond, trained by Bob Sherwood snr and ridden by Fred Webb
1884 Cesarewitch ST GATIEN 9/1 owned by Jack Hammond, trained by Bob Sherwood and ridden by Charles Wood
1889 Epsom Oaks L'ABBESSE DE JOUARRE (SR 1934) 20/1 owned by Lord Randolph Churchill, trained by Robert Sherwood and ridden by Jimmy Woodburn
1893 Michaelmas Stakes at Sandown ILIUM 5/4 fav owned by Lord Dunraven, trained by Bob Sherwood and ridden by John Watts
ST GATIEN (SR 2030)
St Gatien, a bay colt by The Rover of Rothehill out of St Editha, was foaled in 1881 at Major E Brace's stud and Brace was prepared to sell the yearling for £100, but there were no takers, so he sent the colt to Exeter House Stables to be trained by Robert Sherwood. Eventually he did manage to sell St Gatien as a two-year-old to a gambler, Jack Hammond, a former stable lad at Bedford House Stables whose racing colours were white, scarlet collar and cuffs, and scarlet cap, and went on to enjoy a highly successful racing career, winning 16 of his 19 races whilst trained by Robert Sherwood, and later Jack Waugh. St Gatien (SR 2030) won the 1884 Epsom Derby, dead-heating with Harvester (SR 1983), later going on to win the 1884 Ascot Gold Vase and Jockey Club Cup before landing a huge gamble for Sherwood in the 1884 Cesarewitch, the first leg of the famous Autumn Double for Sherwood who also trained Florence to win the 1884 Cambridgeshire in early November. In 1885 St Gatien won the Jockey Club Cup for the second time, he won it again in 1886, and landed the 1885 Ascot Gold Cup and 1886 Rous Memorial Stakes. He then entered into his stud career where he was equally successful, beginning at Heath Stud, Newmarket, before moving to Graditz, Germany, returning to England to Cobham Stud, before finishing his career in the USA.
1884 Epsom Derby ST GATIEN (SR 2030) 100/8 dead-heat owned by Jack Hammond, trained by Bob Sherwood and ridden by Charles Wood
1884 Ascot Gold Vase ST GATIEN owned by Jack Hammond, trained by Bob Sherwood and ridden by Charles Wood
1884 Cesarewitch ST GATIEN 9/1 owned by Jack Hammond, trained by Bob Sherwood and ridden by Charles Wood
1884 Jockey Club Cup ST GATIEN owned by Jack Hammond, trained by Bob Sherwood and ridden by Charles Wood
1885 Ascot Gold Cup ST GATIEN owned by Jack Hammond, trained by James Waugh and ridden by Charles Wood
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.
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October 1894-May 1929 Robert Sherwood junior
For a good number of years Robert Sherwood senior was assisted by his son, also called Robert Louis Voduz Sherwood, and when the senior trainer died unexpectedly in October 1894 it was left to Robert junior to take charge at St Gatien. Although he enjoyed a successful career, continuing to train for the likes of Sir R Waldie-Griffiths, he did not reach the Classic heights of his father. However, he did win the 1907 Cambridgeshire with Land League (8/1), owned by Captain John Glynn Richards Homfray, who defeated Malua and Stick Up and also guided the colt to 39 wins from 53 starts. The horse was strongly fancied to win the 1909 Cambridgeshire, but met with an unfortunate accident in his box shortly before the race, cutting his neck and chest which required the services of the vet Mr W Livock, and he had to be withdrawn from that race.
|I am grateful to Ordnance Survey (© Crown Copyright) for permission to use the 1836 map shown above. St Gatien is 7
||When the Sporting Life listed all of the Newmarket trainers in July 1906, Robert Sherwood was listed at St Gatien. Robert was particularly good with two-year-olds, and in May 1913 he trained the winners of both two-year-old races at Doncaster, including Hounam in the Zetland Two-year-old Plate. As the signs of War became ever more threatening in April 1914 Robert withdrew his horses from races at Pontefract and announced that he had decided to end his chosen career and to put all of his horses in training up for sale on the morning of the Two Thousand Guineas which was won by Sir J Thursby's Kennymore (SR 1971) trained by Alec Taylor. After the First World War had ended Robert Sherwood continued to train at St Gatien, enjoying one of his most successful periods in August 1921 when he sent 6 horses to the Redcar meeting, 4 of which won. Those winners, all ridden by a Lewes apprentice W Speck, were Charity, a Discourse filly, a Gaggie filly and Land Square. In 1928 Captain J G R Homfray owned all of the horses which Robert trained at St Gatien, and when Homfray announced in February 1929 that his famous racing colours of black, red sleeves and white cap would not be seen on the racecourse again, and that he would send all of his horses in training to Newmarket on the morning of the Two Thousand Guineas to be sold, the writing was on the wall for Robert Sherwood. When he did finally decide to end his career he leased St Gatien to Mr H R Beedle, father-in-law of jockey Dick Perryman, so that it could continue as a training base.
1898 Ascot High-Weight Plate HENDERSYDE 7/2 owned by Sir R Waldie-Griffiths, trained by Robert Sherwood and ridden by Otto Madden
1899 Wilbraham Plate at Newmarket STYRIA 1/4 fav owned by Sir R Waldie-Griffiths, trained by Robert Sherwood and ridden by Tod Sloan
|1907 Cambridgeshire LAND LEAGUE (8/1) owned by Captain John Glynn Richards Homfray, trained by Robert Sherwood junior and ridden by Will Higgs
1913 Zetland Two-year-old Plate HOUNAM 100/7 owned by Sir R Waldie-Griffiths, trained by Robert Sherwood and ridden by Fred Rickaby
1921 Beaumont Juvenile Selling Plate at Redcar CHARITY evens fav, trained by Robert Sherwood and ridden by W Speck
1921 Wilton 2-y-o Stakes at Redcar, DISCOURSE filly 5/1 trained by Robert Sherwood and ridden by W Speck
1921 Kirkleatham 2-y-o Plate GAGGIE filly 11/2 trained by Robert Sherwood and ridden by W Speck
1921 Upleatham Welter Handicap at Redcar LAND SQUARE 13/8 trained by Robert Sherwood and ridden by W Speck
May 1929-July 1939 Mr Henry Ridge Beedle
Henry Ridge 'Brockie' Beedle began his work in the racing industry as an apprentice to Martin Gurry at Abingdon Place before taking up the post of Head Lad for Robert Sherwood at St Gatien Stables. He took over from Sherwood in 1929 when Robert retired from training, although Robert had other interests, including owning Cheveley Park Stud. Beedle's first winner was Red Apple at Nottingham. In October 1930 Beedle continued to train at St Gatien, adding to his string by taking responsibility for the horses of Mr S R Jaggard, and by 1932 St Gatien was also being used as a Stud.
1936-1939 Captain Percy Whitaker, Mr H R Beedle
In 1936 the yard, which was leased from Sherwood to Captain Percy Whitaker and Beedle, was used as an overflow yard by Whitaker who trained under both codes for such prominent owners as Lord Derby, Lord Ivor Churchill, the Marquess of Abergavenny and the Duke of Marlborough. On Monday 18th January 1937 a large fire broke out in the St Gatien stable yard at 2am when 20 horses trained by Captain Percy Whitaker, and 5 trained by Mr H R Beedle, were released by firemen and galloped towards Newmarket High Street. On Tuesday 11th July 1939 Beedle died, aged 70 and it was left to Whitaker to continue to train at St Gatien until the outbreak of the Second World War.
1940-1947 Robert Sherwood, H Sidebottom
In early 1943 Robert Sherwood, who owned St Gatien House and Stables and the Cheveley Park Stud, died, while in March 1943 his will was announced, in which he left £500 to his groom William Fordham, and the remainder of his estate, amounting to £33,000, to his secretary Albert Stafford Smith. In March 1947 H Sidebottom, who had trained a small string before the outbreak of War, took on some boxes at St Gatien, beginning with 6 horses.
1948-49 R A Jones
R A 'Bobby' Jones, the former jockey, took over training responsibilities at St Gatien in 1948, although by then the establishment had been purchased by Sam Armstrong. By December 1948 Bobby Jones announced that he would be transferring to Phantom House, replacing Major V Beatty, and that Sam Armstrong would be using St Gatien as his main training centre.
1952-1972 Frederick Lakin (Sam) Armstrong
Frederick Lakin Armstrong, universally known as Sam, born in 1904, was the son of the racehorse trainer Robert Ward Armstrong who had trained for the 5th Earl of Lonsdale for over 50 years. Sam was educated at Rosall School before becoming an apprentice in his father's stable, winning his first race at Carlisle in 1921. However, after having 2 successful seasons, he suffered a bad fall in 1924 which put paid to his career as a jockey, but at the same time gave him the opportunity to pursue a training career. He joined Harry Cotrill at Lambourn, remaining for 5 years as his assistant, before seeking further experience in Ireland with Frank Barbour. He launched his own training career in 1926 at Ashgill Stables, Middleham, winning prestigious races like the 1937 Northumberland Plate with Nectar II, and the 1938 Wokingham Stakes with Bold Ben. During his time at Middleham he also worked with the Maharaja of Baroda, purchasing yearlings at the sales for him, for which he was duly rewarded later. In 1945 the Gaekwar, Maharajah of Baroda purchased Warren Hill Stables (Warren Place) and installed Fred Armstrong as his trainer. In that same year he purchased Sayajirao (SR 1958) for £28,000 and was well rewarded when it won the Lingfield Derby Trial, was placed third in the 2000 Guineas and Epsom Derby, won the St Leger and the Irish Derby. He later purchased My Babu (SR 2108) with whom he won the 1948 2000 Guineas and Sussex Stakes. It went on to become one of the most influential sires of the century. In 1949 Sam persuaded the Maharaja to purchase St Gatien Stables and eventually, by the end of the 1952 season, Sam had transferred his string across Newmarket. In the early months of the 1949 season the Maharajah and Sam enjoyed success, landing the Victoria Cup with My Babu, although towards the end of the season the Maharajah expressed his wish to purchase a yard in Epsom, nearer to where he lived, and invited Sam to train for him there. Sam declared that he did not want to move again so soon and the partnership ultimately broke up, but not before Sam and the Maharajah landed the 1950 Ayr Gold Cup with First Consul ridden by Charlie Smirke. This break-up did not prevent Sam from making a success as a public trainer at St Gatien, especially with horses like Bebe Grande, who won the 1952 Produce Stakes, Gimcrack Stakes, Champagne Stakes and Cheveley Park Stakes, and Petingo who won the 1967 Gimcrack and Middle Park Stakes, and a year later captured the Craven Stakes, St James's Palace Stakes and Sussex Stakes. He had his fair share of high-profile winners as well, winning the 1966 and 1970 Lincoln Handicap with Riot Act and New Chapter, having previously won the 1955 Cesarewitch with the Fred Honour owned Curry, ridden by Paul Tulk. Sam was renowned for developing the skills of apprentices, guiding Willie Snaith, Willie Carson, John Kipper Lynch and Paul Tulk to carve out highly successful careers. For a prolonged period Sam was ably supported at St Gatien for 11 years by his son Robert, and when he announced his retirement at the end of the 1972 season it was entirely predictable that Robert took charge at St Gatien. Sam died on 30th December 1982 aged 78.
1950 Ayr Gold Cup FIRST CONSUL 2/1 owned by HH Maharajah of Baroda, trained by Sam Armstrong and ridden by Charlie Smirke
1952 Produce Stakes BEBE GRANDE owned by Mr J S Gerber, trained by Sam Armstrong and ridden by Willie Snaith
1952 Gimcrack Stakes BEBE GRANDE 7/2 owned by Mr J S Gerber, trained by Sam Armstrong and ridden by Willie Snaith
1952 Champagne Stakes BEBE GRANDE 4/9 fav owned by Mr J S Gerber, trained by Sam Armstrong and ridden by Willie Snaith
1952 Cheveley Park Stakes BEBE GRANDE 1/2 fav owned by Mr J S Gerber, trained by Sam Armstrong and ridden by Gordon Richards
1954 Ebor Handicap BY THUNDER 7/1 owned by Mr J S Gerber, trained by Sam Armstrong and ridden by Wally Swinburn
1955 Nunthorpe Stakes ROYAL PALM owned by Mr Jack Gerber, trained by Sam Armstrong and ridden by Willie Snaith
1955 Cesarewitch CURRY 100/6 owned by Mr Fred Honour, trained by Sam Armstrong and ridden by Paul Tulk
1955 Royal Hunt Cup NICHOLAS NICKELBY 50/1 owned by Mr J S Gerber, trained by Sam Armstrong and ridden by Willie Snaith
1956 Great Metropolitan Handicap CURRY owned by Mr Fred Honour, trained by Sam Armstrong and ridden by Paul Tulk
1960 Great Metropolitan Handicap KAFFIRBOOM trained by Sam Armstrong
1963 Nunthorpe Stakes MATATINA owned by Mrs R C Wilson, trained by Sam Armstrong and ridden by Lester Piggott
1966 Nunthorpe Stakes CATERINA owned by Mr R F Scully, trained by Sam Armstrong and ridden by Lester Piggott
1966 Lincoln Handicap RIOT ACT 8/1 fav owned by Mrs J F C Boyce, trained by Sam Armstrong and ridden by Scobie Breasley
1967 Gimcrack Stakes PETINGO owned by Captain Marcos Lemos, trained by Sam Armstrong and ridden by Lester Piggott
1967 Middle Park Stakes PETINGO 1/4 fav owned by Captain Marcos Lemos, trained by Sam Armstrong and ridden by Lester Piggott
1968 Craven Stakes PETINGO 2/5 fav owned by Captain Marcos Lemos, trained by Sam Armstrong and ridden by Joe Mercer
1968 St James's Palace Stakes PETINGO 10/11 fav owned by Captain Marcos Lemos, trained by Sam Armstrong and ridden by Lester Piggott
1968 Sussex Stakes PETINGO 6/4 fav owned by Captain Marcos Lemos, trained by Sam Armstrong and ridden by Lester Piggott
1970 Lincoln Handicap NEW CHAPTER 100/9 owned by Mr C P Goulandris, trained by Sam Armstrong and ridden by Sandy Barclay
1973-2000 Robert Armstrong
Robert Armstrong was born into a family steeped in racing history, his grandfather Bob began training in 1885, while Robert was assistant to his father Sam at St Gatien for many years, and had to nominally take charge when his father suffered his first heart attack when Robert was just 19. Indeed, such is the high esteem with which Armstrong's are held in Newmarket that the road opposite St Gatiens is called Armstrong Close. Robert trained a number of high-class horses, specialising with sprinters. He won the European Free Handicap with Moorestyle in 1980 and guided that colt to further successes in the Prix de la Foret, the Prix Maurice de Gheest and the Prix de l'Abbaye abroad, whilst capturing the July Cup and Haydock Sprint Cup in England. Just 3 years later he managed to follow a broadly similar pattern of race wins with Never So Bold. Towards the end of his career he achieved a totally unexpected victory in the 1994 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes with the Hamdan Al Maktoum owned Maroof who won as the complete outsider of the race at 66/1. Robert retired in 2000 aged just 56, still young enough to partake of two of his obsessions, driving speedy cars and renewing his pilot's licence.
1980 European Free Handicap MOORESTYLE owned by Moores International Furnishings Ltd, trained by Robert Armstrong and ridden by Lester Piggott
1980 Star Stakes at Sandown Park MATTABOY owned by Ravi Tikkoo, trained by Robert Armstrong and ridden by Lester Piggott
1980 Norwest Holst Trophy MOORESTYLE owned by Moores International Furnishings Ltd, trained by Robert Armstrong and ridden by Lester Piggott
1980 Challenge Stakes MOORESTYLE 2/5 fav owned by Moores International Furnishings Ltd, trained by Robert Armstrong and ridden by Lester Piggott
1980 July Cup MOORESTYLE 3/1 owned by Moores International Furnishings Ltd, trained by Robert Armstrong and ridden by Lester Piggott
1980 Haydock Sprint Cup MOORESTYLE 8/13 fav owned by Moores International Furnishings Ltd, trained by Robert Armstrong and ridden by Lester Piggott
1980 Middle Park Stakes MATTABOY 7/1 owned by Ravi Tikkoo, trained by Robert Armstrong and ridden by Lester Piggott
1980 Prix de l'Abbaye MOORESTYLE owned by Moores International Furnishings Ltd, trained by Robert Armstrong and ridden by Lester Piggott
1980 Prix de la Foret MOORESTYLE owned by Moores International Furnishings Ltd, trained by Robert Armstrong and ridden by Lester Piggott
1981 Challenge Stakes MOORESTYLE 8/15 fav owned by Moores International Furnishings Ltd, trained by Robert Armstrong and ridden by Lester Piggott
1981 Diadem Stakes MOORESTYLE owned by Moores International Furnishings Ltd, trained by Robert Armstrong and ridden by Lester Piggott
1981 Prix Maurice de Gheest MOORESTYLE owned by Moores International Furnishings Ltd, trained by Robert Armstrong and ridden by Lester Piggott
1981 Prix de la Foret MOORESTYLE owned by Moores International Furnishings Ltd, trained by Robert Armstrong and ridden by Lester Piggott
1983 Great St Wilfred Stakes NEVER SO BOLD owned by Edward Kessly, trained by Robert Armstrong and ridden by Steve Cauthen
1984 Prix de la Porte Maillot NEVER SO BOLD owned by Edward Kessly, trained by Robert Armstrong and ridden by Steve Cauthen
1984 Prix Maurice de Gheest NEVER SO BOLD owned by Edward Kessly, trained by Robert Armstrong and ridden by Steve Cauthen
1984 Diadem Stakes NEVER SO BOLD 85/40 owned by Edward Kessly, trained by Robert Armstrong and ridden by Steve Cauthen
1985 Temple Stakes NEVER SO BOLD owned by Edward Kessly, trained by Robert Armstrong and ridden by Steve Cauthen
1985 King's Stand Stakes NEVER SO BOLD 4/1 owned by Edward Kessly, trained by Robert Armstrong and ridden by Lester Piggott
1985 July Cup NEVER SO BOLD 5/4 fav owned by Edward Kessly, trained by Robert Armstrong and ridden by Steve Cauthen
1985 William Hill Sprint Championship NEVER SO BOLD 4/6 fav owned by Edward Kessly, trained by Robert Armstrong and ridden by Steve Cauthen
1988 International Stakes at York SHADY HEIGHTS 7/2 owned by George Tong, trained by Robert Armstrong and ridden by Willie Carson
1990 July Stakes MUJTAHID 2/1 owned by Hamdan Al Maktoum, trained by Robert Armstrong and ridden by Willie Carson
1990 Gimcrack Stakes MUJTAHID 1/2 fav owned by Hamdan Al Maktoum, trained by Robert Armstrong and ridden by Willie Carson
1994 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes MAROOF 66/1 owned by Hamdan Al Maktoum, trained by Robert Armstrong and ridden by Richard Hills
2002-2013 Neil King
When Robert Armstrong decided to retire at the end of the 2000 season it brought to an end over 115 years of the name Armstrong on the trainers list. After a short while Robert sold the stables and Neil King began training at St Gatien. Neil had firm plans to update and extend the stables, and by the end of his time at St Gatien there were 14 boxes in the Middle Yard and 21 boxes in the Lower Yard. Neil trained a string of predominantly National Hunt horses at St Gatien and later moved on to another training establishment, the Ridgeway Racing yard on Malborough Downs.
2004-present Peter Chapple-Hyam
Peter Chapple-Hyam, assistant to Barry Hills before he launched his own training career in 1991 at Manton, enjoyed immediate success with the likes of Dr Devious and Rodrigo De Triano. Dr Devious (SR 1967), a chestnut colt by Ahonoora out of Rose of Jericho, won the 1991 Superlative Stakes, the Vintage Stakes and the late season Dewhurst Stakes before winning the 1992 Epsom Derby and Irish Champion Stakes. Rodrigo De Triano (SR 2033), a chestnut colt by El Gran Senor out of Hot Princess, won the 1991 Rose Bowl Stakes, Washington Singer Stakes, Champagne Stakes and end of season Middle Park Stakes in his first season. The next year proved to be even more successful, winning the 2000 Guineas, Irish 2000 Guineas, Champion Stakes and Juddmonte International Stakes. During his time at Manton Peter married Jane, daughter of Australian politician Andrew Peacock, and continued to enjoy success on the racecourse, particularly with Spectrum, Commander Collins, Revoque and Turtle Island, but the pair then decided to take up a training post in Hong Kong. Peter returned to England in 2004, embarking on a new training career at St Gatien, Newmarket. Although he and Jane divorced, Pater managed to add a second Epsom Derby success to his CV when Authorized (SR 2048) justified odds of 5/4 to land the Blue Riband event for owners Saleh Al Hamaizi and Imad Al Sagar, having won the Racing Post Trophy the year before, and the Dante Stakes earlier in the 2007 season. The colt later went on to win the International Stakes at York. Although Peter's string has often been small in comparison to the heady days at Manton, he has enjoyed success, especially in 2015 when Marcel won the Racing Post Trophy in the hands of Andrea Atzeni, offering much promise for the 2016 season, although in the end that promise was not fulfilled.
2006 Racing Post Trophy at Newbury AUTHORIZED 25/1 owned by Saleh Al Homaizi and Imad Al Sagar, trained by Peter Chapple-Hyam and ridden by Frankie Dettori
2007 Dante Stakes AUTHORIZED 10/11 fav owned by Saleh Al Homaizi and Imad Al Sagar, trained by Peter Chapple-Hyam and ridden by Frankie Dettori
2007 Epsom Derby AUTHORIZED (SR 2048) 5/4 fav owned by Saleh Al Homaizi and Imad Al Sagar, trained by Peter Chapple-Hyam and ridden by Frankie Dettori
2007 International Stakes at York AUTHORIZED 6/4 fav owned by Saleh Al Homaizi and Imad Al Sagar, trained by Peter Chapple-Hyam and ridden by Frankie Dettori
2015 Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster MARCEL 33/1 owned by Paul Hancock, trained by Peter Chapple-Hyam and ridden by Andrea Atzeni
October 2010-2012 Ed Walker
Ed Walker, former assistant trainer to both Roger Charlton and Luca Cumani, began training in his own right in 2010. In October 2010 he moved to the 24 box Authorized Yard at St Gatien, where he won the Listed Hyde Stakes in November 2010 at Kempton Park when Riggins dead-heated with Fanunalter. In December 2012 he transferred to Grange House Stables, where he trained for just one season, before leasing Warren Place in December 2013 after the death of Sir Henry Cecil.
2010 Listed Hyde Stakes at Kempton RIGGINS 4/1 (dead-heated with Fanunalter) owned by Dubai Thoroughbred Racing, trained by Ed Walker and ridden by William Buick
2012- June 2014 Jane Chapple-Hyam
Jane Chapple Hyam, daughter of former Australian politician Andrew Peacock and Lady Susan Renouf, and former wife of the Derby winning trainer Peter Chapple-Hyam, was born in Melbourne, Australia and by the age of 16 was working for the trainer Colin Hayes at Lindsay Training Centre. She has fond memories of seeing her father's mare Leilani, trained by Bart Cummings, land the 1974 AJC Oaks and Caulfield Cup, and run second to stablemate Think Big in the 1974 Melbourne Cup. She moved to England, gaining further experience at Manton in the days when it was owned by Robert Sangster, and Michael Dickenson and Barry Hills were the trainers. In time Peter Chapple-Hyam moved to Manton and they got married. Jane assisted Peter during his time at Manton and later in Hong Kong, but the marriage did not work out and they separated in 2005. This encouraged Jane to embark on an ambitious course at the British Riding School, with the long-term ambition to train. She graduated from the British Riding School in 2005 and applied for a licence to train in her own right in September 2005. Her first winner, Chief Commander, came on the all-weather circuit at Wolverhampton on 13th January 2006. Within the year she had recorded her greatest success at York in the 2006 Ebor Handicap when Mudawin, owned by Franconson Partners, triumphed at 100/1 in the hands of John Egan. In 2009, after the retirement of Geoff Wragg, Jane took the opportunity to lease boxes at Abington Place, sharing the facility with Mike de Kock. She moved to St Gatien Cottage Stables, but by 2016 she had returned to Abingdon Place.
July 2014-March 2019 Charlie Fellowes
Charles Henry Fellowes, born 1986, is the son of John Ailwyn Fellowes and Alison Birkmyre, Lord and Lady de Ramsey, whose estate is at Abbots Ripton Hall near Huntingdon. Although Lord de Ramsey was not a frequent racegoer, Charlie's mother owned shares in a racehorse which provided Charlie with the opportunity to attend the local races at Newmarket. Charlie was educated at Leeds University before spending time learning his trade from James Fanshawe. Charles, who is married to Victoria and has a young son Jack, launched his training career early in 2014 at Saffron House Stables, but in July 2014 he moved to St Gatien Stables. Prince of Arran and Chiefofchiefs provided him with some early wins as a trainer. When Luca Cumani announced his retirement in 2019, Charlie purchased the historic 120-box Bedford House Stables.
2016 32Red Handicap PRINCE OF ARRAN 7/1 owned by Saeed Bel Obaida, trained by Charlie Fellowes and ridden by Tom Queally
2016 32Red Casino Handicap PRINCE OF ARRAN 5/2 owned by Saeed Bel Obaida, trained by Charlie Fellowes and ridden by Tom Queally
2017 Sporting Life Median Auction Stakes CHIEFOFCHIEFS 5/1 owned by Mr Mervyn Ayers, trained by Charlie Fellowes and ridden by Steve Donohoe
2017 32Red Handicap at Kempton CHIEFOFCHIEFS 3/1 owned by Mr Mervyn Ayers, trained by Charlie Fellowes and ridden by Steve Donohoe
2017 John Smith's Racing Handicap at York CHIEFOFCHIEFS 8/1 owned by Mr Mervyn Ayers, trained by Charlie Fellowes and ridden by Steve Donohoe
2018 Whitsun Cup Handicap at Sandown CHIEFOFCHIEFS 5/1 owned by Mr Mervyn Ayers, trained by Charlie Fellowes and ridden by Richard Kingscote
2018 Range Rover Sport Handicap at Meydan PRINCE OF ARRAN 100/30 owned by Saeed Bel Obaida, trained by Charlie Fellowes and ridden by James Doyle
September 2019 present Patrick Owens
Patrick Owens was born in Galway, Ireland and made his name as a successful amateur rider as well as working as assistant to Luca Cumani at Bedford House Stables. In order to broaden his experience, he moved to the USA to work at Eddie Kenneally's stables, and from there went on to Canada to join Mike Doyle. Further experience was gained in Dubai with Erwan Charpy, in New Zealand and in Ireland with Joseph G Murphy, but he then returned to England in 2013 to work towards his trainers licence, spending time with John Gosden. In August 2019 Patrick took out a dual-purpose trainers licence, while in September 2019 he announced that he would be taking charge at the Authorized yard at St Gatien Stables in readiness for the 2020 season and would be supported by his partner Amy Stennett, a former leading amateur rider.
|Top 5 St Gatien horses of all time
AUTHORIZED (2006 Racing Post Trophy, 2007 Epsom Derby, International Stakes)
NEVER SO BOLD (1980 July Cup, Haydock Sprint Cup)
MOORESTYLE (1985 July Cup, King's Stand Stakes, William Hill Sprint Championship)
PETINGO (1967 Middle Park, 1968 Craven, St James's Palace Stakes, Sussex Stakes)
L'ABBESSE DE JOUARRE (1889 Epsom Oaks)
|© John Slusar 2020