INTRODUCTION BY MARK TOMPKINS
I am pleased to be involved with the Newmarket Trainers Website, and hope it will be a good source of information for Internet users all over the world. Newmarket, is, after all, the Head Quarters of British Racing - some would say world racing, and no wonder. The place is steeped in a rich racing history, and the facilities remain unrivalled.
The 2016 Flat season has just started with Roger Varian flying the Newmarket flag in Dubai, winning
the Dubai Sheema Classic Gr 1 with POSTPONED ridden by Andrea Atzeni, and taking the Doncaster Mile with BELARDO ridden by James Doyle. Also at Doncaster, Charlie Appleby triumphed in the Lincoln with SECRET BRIEF ridden by William Buick. The Craven Meeting at Headquarters saw plenty of Newmarket trained horses first past the post, and the actual Craven Stakes was won by STORMY ANTARCTIC trained by Ed Walker, ridden by George Baker. The next big meeting (Quipco Guineas Meeting) here gave us two excellent winners - EXOSPHERE (Ryan Moore), trained by Sir Michael Stoute won the Jockey Club Stakes, andGALILEO GOLD (Frankie Dettori) gave Hugo Palmer a welcome Group 1 success in the 2000 Guineas. At York the Dante Stakes was won by WINGS OF DESIRE (Frankie Dettori), trained by John Gosden, and the Middleton Stakes went to BEAUTIFUL ROMANCE (James Doyle) for Saeed Bin Suroor. The Lockinge at Newbury was won by BELARDO (Andrea Atzeni) for Roger Varian. We had no luck in the Oaks or the Derby but Roger Varian won the Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Stakes with POSTPONED (Andrea Atzeni). Royal Ascot was a mixed bag for Newmarket trainers with Sir Michael Stoute training ACROSS THE STARS to win the King Edward VII Stakes (Frankie Dettori) and DARTMOUTH, owned by the Queen, to win the Hardwicke Stakes (Olivier Peslier).Hugo Palmer was successful in the St James Palace Stakes with GALILEO GOLD (Frankie Dettori) and Robert Cowell won the Norfolk Stakes with PRINCE OF LIR (Luke Morris). Charlie Appleby and Godolphin are in great form, winning the Coral Eclipse with HAWKBILL (William Buick), the Lancashire Oaks with ENDLESS TIME (James Doyle) and the Superlative Stakes (Newmarket) with BOYNTON (Adam Kirby), while Michael Bell took the Princess of Wales Stakes with BIG ORANGE (Aussie Jockey James Macdonald) and William Haggas was successful in the Summer Mile Stakes (Ascot) with MUTAKAYYEF (Dane O’Neill). Group 1 races were a bit thin on the ground for Newmarket at Glorious Goodwood, but BIG ORANGE was a popular winner of the Goodwood Cup for Michael Bell (Jamie Spencer). Recent winners for Headquarters include LIGHTNING SPEAR in the Celebration Mile (David Simcock & Oisin Murphy), RICHARD PANKHURST in the Hungerford Stakes (John Gosden & Rab Havlin), POSTPONED in the Juddmonte ( Roger Varian & Andrea Atzeni), BLUE POINT in the Gimcrack (Charlie Appleby & William Buick) & BRETON ROCK in the Park Stakes (David Simcock & Andrea Atzeni) The last few Group winners for Headquarters include
BEST OF DAYS (Royal Lodge Stakes, Hugo Palmer, James Doyle), ACCLAIM (Challenge Stakes, Martyn Meade, Frankie Dettori), SHEIKZAYEDROAD (Long Distance Cip, David Simcock, Martin Harley),
THE TIN MAN (Champion Sprint, James Fanshawe, Tom Queally),
JOURNEY (Champion Mares & Fillies Stakes, John Gosden, Frankie Dettori)
and finally at Doncaster, RIVET (The Racing Post Trophy, William Haggas, Andrea Atzeni)
Potential owners have so many trainers to choose from here, in just about every price bracket, and all have
use of the outstanding gallops, which continue to be so superbly maintained by
Mr.William Gittus, the Managing Director at Jockey Club Estates, and his Heath men.
There is no doubt that Newmarket is the Number One place to train racehorses,
and I am proud to chair the Newmarket Trainers Federation,
which represents so many people with so much talent.
To find out about racing at Newmarket, please ring 01638 663482 or follow this link
A list of 2016 race meetings can be found on the Race Fixtures page on this site.