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.
2013 started a bit slowly for Newmarket, but picked up pace at the end of the summer. FARHH won the Lockinge at Newbury for Saeed Bin Suroor, (Sylvestre De Sousa). Royal Ascot was tinged with sadness because of the recent death of Sir Henry Cecil, but many talented horses from Newmarket were in the winners enclosure. Sir Michael Stoute returned to form with 3 winners including HILLSTAR , OPINION , and the fabulous ESTIMATE winning the Gold Cup for Her Majesty, the Queen, making her the first monarch to win the race in the 200 years since it began. All were ridden by Ryan Moore. Clive Brittain won the Queen Mary (& the Moyglare Stakes at the Curragh) with RIZEENA (James Doyle), John Gosden won the Tercentenary Stakes with REMOTE (William Buick) and Lady Cecil kept Henry’s memory very much alive by winning the Ribblesdale with RIPOSTE (Tom Queally) and the Hardwicke Stakes with THOMAS CHIPPENDALE (Johnny Murtagh). Roger Varian is having plenty of success, winning the Pretty Polly Stakes at the Curragh with AMBIVALENT (Johnny Murtagh) and The Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster with KINGSTON HILL (Andrea Atzeni), while John Gosden took the Yorkshire Oaks at York and the Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown with THE FUGUE (William Buick), Lady Cecil won the Ebor with TIGER CLIFF (Tom Queally). Robert Cowell was successful with JWALA in the Nunthorpe (Steve Drowne) and George Margarson flew the flag for Headquarters with LUCKY KRISTALE
(Tom Queally) in the Lowther Stakes.
We are off to a flying start for 2014 with the Saeed Bin Suroor trained AFRICAN STORY (Sylvestre De Sousa)
winning the Dubai World Cup in Meydan for Sheik Mohammed, and John Ryan taking the Lincoln Handicap at Doncaster with OCEAN TEMPEST (Adam Kirby)
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 http://www.newmarketracecourses.co.uk
A list of 2014 race meetings can be found on the Race Fixtures page on this site.