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. Proof of that, if proof were needed, can be found in the fact that, during 2007, a Newmarket trained horse, AUTHORISED won the Derby, giving FRANKIE DETTORI his first Derby win, and trainer Peter Chapple Hyam his second success in the race. Henry Cecil trained LIGHT SHIFT to win the Oaks, giving him a welcome return to Classic winning ways, and Geoff Huffer sent out the gallant COCKNEY REBEL to score in the English and Irish 2000 Guineas. 2008 has not been so lucky for Newmarket trained horses, but Ravens Pass, trained by John Gosden, won the Breeders Cup Classic in California, beating the amazing American horse, Curlin. Ravens Pass has now retired to Sheik Mohammed's Kildangan Stud in Ireland, where he will stand at a fee of 40,000 Euros and will be in the illustrious company of the last two Derby winners, Authorised and New Approach. Both New Approach and Ravens Pass ran in the colours of the Sheik's wife, Princess Haya.
2009 has also been a rather lean year for big race winners from Headquarters, but the brave SARISKA, trained by Michael Bell has excelled by winning the English and Irish Oaks, while FLEETING SPIRIT powered home for trainer Jeremy Noseda in the Darley July Cup. Sir Michael Stoute has made history by training the first three home in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot (CONDUIT, Tartan Bearer and Ask) - a feat which has never been achieved before!
2010, after a slow start for Newmarket horses, has picked up considerably with Sir Michael Stoute winning the Derby with WORKFORCE, ridden by champion Jockey, Ryan Moore, and Ed Dunlop taking the Oaks with SNOW FAIRY, also ridden by Ryan Moore. Workforce incidentally broke the course record for the Derby and gave Ryan Moore his first Derby and Oaks successes. Further success for Sir Michael Stoute came recently in the King George V1 Stakes at Ascot, when HARBINGER, ridden by Olivier Peslier romped home by 11 lengths, breaking the course record and subsequently making Harbinger the highest rated horse in the world. Sadly, he has since sustained an injury and will be retired to stud.
Henry Cecil won the Coral Eclipse with TWICE OVER ridden by Tom queally, and the last Classic of the English season, the St Leger, has just been won by ARCTIC COSMOS, ridden by William Buick, trained by John Gosden and part owned by his wife, Rachel Hood, while the Irish St Leger was won by another Newmarket horse, Sans Frontieres trained by Jeremy Noseda and ridden by Olivier Peslier.
The 2010 turf season has almost finished now, and has ended with a terrific win for Sir Michael Stoute with WORKFORCE in the Arc De Triomphe. The race showed what a truly great racehorse Workforce is, and what a superb rider Ryan Moore is. This was a first win for Sir Michael Stoute in the race and for Ryan Moore, and a triumph for Newmarket.
Newmarket has got off to a great start in 2011 with Henry Cecil bagging his 25th Classic with the great FRANKEL winning the Qipco 2000 Guineas by 6 lengths, ridden by Tom Queally and owned by Khalid Abdulla, and the Mahmood Al Zarooni trained BLUE BUNTING taking the 1000 Guineas ridden by Frankie Dettori for Sheik Mohammed. Since then William Haggis has scooped the Investec Oaks with DANCING RAIN ridden by Johnny Murtagh. Champions Day at Ascot was very successful for Newmarket trained horses with the unbeaten super-horse, FRANKEL comfortably winning the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes, his fifth Group I race, for trainer Henry Cecil and jockey Tom Queally, and DEACON BLUES under Johnny Murtagh, taking the British Champoin Sprint Stakes for James Fanshawe and Dancing Rain, also ridden by Johnny Murtagh, winning the Fillies and Mares Stakes for William Haggas. Frankel is officially the highest rated horse in the world and will race again next season. The season was nicely rounded off with MASKED MARVEL (William Buick) taking the St Leger for trainer John Gosden and ZUIDER ZEE triumphing in the November Handicap ridden by Robert Havlin, also trained by John Gosden.
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.
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