Old Gold Racing: Trainers

Our Trainers

Old Gold Racing works with some of the best trainers

from across the United Kingdom.

Nicky Henderson LVO OBE

Nicky Henderson LVO OBE, is based at Seven Barrows near Lambourn, Berkshire. Nicky hit 3000 career wins in July 2018 and has been crowned Champion Trainer six-times during the course of his career. He has a formidable Cheltenham Festival record, having sent out over 70 winners there, eight of which have come from the Champion Hurdle. Nicky’s record at the Cheltenham Festival is exceptional, only Willie Mullins has trained more winners at the meeting than Nicky. Nicky was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2020 New Year Honours for services to horse racing. Nicky has trained some spectacular jumpers during his time, dominating the two-mile chasing scene with Sprinter Sacre, and, of course, Altior.

Horse in training

Paul Nicholls OBE

Paul took out his trainer’s licence in 1991 and has dominated the sport for three decades! Paul has trained from Manor Farm Stables in Ditcheat from the off. His achievements are second to none; he has been awarded an OBE for his services to horseracing, crowned Champion Trainer 14 times and trained over 3,700 winners with close to 150 of them at Grade 1 level, 48 Cheltenham Festival winners, four Cheltenham Gold Cups, a Grand National victory, 12 Tingle Creeks and an astonishing 13 King George VI Chase wins.

Lucinda Russell OBE

Lucinda Russell grew up surrounded by horses competing in a variety of disciplines. Lucinda trains in the beautiful Kinross countryside half an hour north of Edinburgh. Lucinda started training point-to-pointers before getting out her professional licence in 1995. Lucinda trains with her partner Peter ‘Scu’ Scudamore MBE, an eight-time Champion Jockey who rode 1,678 winners in a record breaking career. Together they have formed a partnership that has produced the most successful racing yard in the history of Scottish jumps racing. To date, Lucinda Russell has trained over 750 National Hunt winners including 9 Graded winners and triumphs at both the Cheltenham and Aintree Festivals. From 2009/10 season to the present, she is the leading National Hunt trainer in Scotland. In 2017, she became an Aintree Grand National winning trainer with One For Arthur, ridden by Derek Fox - winning again in 2023 with Corach Rambler. She became only the fourth female trainer to do so and the first Scottish trainer since 1979. Lucinda was awarded an OBE for her services to horseracing in 2018.

Tom Clover

Tom Clover started training in 2016 and has been hugely successful since, improving his results from year to year. He has managed to increase the number of winners each season and last year saw him get over the £500,000 prize money threshold for the first time. Included in amongst these have been multiple stakes winners. Tom clearly has an eye for talent, having recently sold Rogue Millennium (winner of Duke of Cambridge Stakes at Royal Ascot) and Rogue Lightning for 1,650,000 GNS and £1,000,000 respectively, despite paying less than 80,000 GNS for the two horses combined a year earlier. Tom is joined by wife Jackie, who helps with all aspects of the business at Kremlin House Stables. The historic yard is within walking distance of Newmarket’s famous gallops.

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Harry Derham

Harry Derham started his career as a jockey. He enjoyed three years in the saddle, riding 50 winners in total, which included a winner at the Cheltenham Festival aboard Salubrious. Harry then took up a position at Paul Nicholls Racing and quickly became a vital part of his team, first as Pupil Assistant and then following on as Assistant Trainer, a role he held for 6 years. Whilst in that role Harry worked closely with Paul and dedicated himself to helping produce some fantastic results. During his time there, Paul won the trainers championship on three occasions and finished runner-up the other three. Harry, now 28, has a relentless work ethic and desire to succeed, along with a deep and ever-growing knowledge of racing and racehorses.

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Stuart Edmunds

Stuart Edmunds is based at Croft Farm. Stuart’s success is built on his 40 plus years of experience in the equestrian industry. Stuart took on the role of Assistant Trainer to Renee Robeson when she started racing their home bred family horses in 1988. Her legacy lives on as several of her homebred horses (all named after birds) still grace Fences Farm. Since 2015 Stuart has trained the winner of 13 ‘Big Races’ (as defined by the British Horseracing Authority), which is an amazing record given the size of the yard. His biggest success came at the 2017 Cheltenham Festival when Domesday Book won the Kim Muir Handicap Chase. The total prize money earned since 2015 is over £1.16 million and very much still growing. Stuart has saddled over 750 runners. More than 120 of these have won and over 330 have been placed, meaning that a remarkable 55% of all his runners have been in the Winner's Enclosure. In 2021, Stuart won the Jockey Club ‘McCoy’s Leading Trainer Award (in the category with less than 40 horses)’.

Charlie Fellowes

Charlie Fellowes did not come from a racing background but would attend meetings in Newmarket as a young child. From here his love and fascination with the sport grew and he decided to embark upon a career in racing. Since taking out his trainer’s licence in 2014, Charlie has consistently sent out winners in the UK, France, Dubai and Australia and is a multiple Royal Ascot-winning trainer. Charlie is based in the historic racing town of Newmarket. The business has gone from strength to strength and in 2019 Charlie moved his base to Bedford House Stables, the yard Luca Cumani ran his immensely successful training operation from. Charlie has followed suit and himself enjoyed a great number of victories since moving to the famous yard. In 2019 he sent out his first winner at the Royal Ascot five-day meeting. He had yet another record-breaking year in 2021 achieving 41 victories and £621,595 in prize-money. This saw him better his previous season’s number of winners for the fourth consecutive year.

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Alex Hales

Alex Hales was granted his license in July 2003. Prior to this he held positions such as Head Lad for Charlie Mann and Assistant Trainer to Kim Bailey during some of their most successful years. He was also Andrew Cohen’s private trainer before setting up in his own name. Now based at Trafford Bridge Stables, Alex has a successful string of dual purpose horses with his main focus being on National Hunt. Notable successes for the Hales team include a Grade 1 win with Millers Bank, a star horse for the yard, in the 2022 Manifesto Novices’ Chase at Aintree. Grade 2 wins have also been achieved with Bourbon Beauty and For Pleasure, while Smooth Stepper won a Grade 3. Alex has sent out 235 winners with a further 759 being placed, which has lead to earnings in excess of £2 million. The team pride themselves on the individual attention that a smaller yard allows, with a mixture of traditional and modern techniques ensuring they get the best out of each horse.

Horse in training

Charlie Hills

Charlie has spent his entire life immersed in racing. He learnt a lot working under his father, Barry, before taking over the licence at Faringdon Place Stables in Lambourn, in August 2011. Charlie saddled a winner with his first runner and he quickly established himself as one of the most promising young trainers in the country. Less than two years after taking the reins from his father, Charlie trained his first Classic winner in the 1,000 Guineas at Curragh. Later that season, he won the Shadwell Fillies Mile at Newmarket and the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf at Santa Anita with the European Champion two year old filly, Chriselliam. In recent years more top class horses have emerged including two European Champion sprinters in the shape of Muhaarar and Battaash. Battaash was a phenomenal horse for Charlie for many years and continued to represent the yard in the sprinting division from season to season. Charlie is married to Philippa, with whom he has two racing mad sons James and Eddie who like to help out with the horses as much as possible.

Charlie Longsdon

Charlie trains at Hull Farm, on the outskirts of Chipping Norton in Oxfordshire where he lives with his wife Sophie and their three children. In 2001 he became Assistant Trainer to Nicky Henderson. Much of his experience came from his time here; he looked after the Grade 1 winners Bacchanal, Marlborough and Trabolgan. Three years later, he won the Alex Scott Memorial Fund Assistant Trainer’s Scholarship and moved to the US, to work for flat trainer Todd Pletcher. Charlie took out his own licence in 2006 and has trained over 600 winners. He is lucky enough to have many long standing and loyal owners and in recent years has trained winners for some of the biggest owners in the National hunt world including The Queen, JP McManus, The Brooks Family and Alan Halsall.

Donald McCain

Donald trains from Bankhouse, where he is supported by his family. He is married to Sian with whom he has three children; Abbie, Ella and Finlay. Donald is the son of the great, ‘Ginger’ McCain, trainer of the legendary Red Rum. Donald assisted his father until taking over the licence in June, 2006. Donald quickly established himself as the North’s leading National Hunt trainer since taking over the reins from his father. He followed in his father’s footsteps with Ballabriggs, who landed the Grand National in 2011 and has a number of Cheltenham Festival winners to his name. Donald has previously been titled the ‘winning most’ National Hunt trainer in the UK and has enjoyed notable success on the Flat too.

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Rebecca Menzies

Rebecca Menzies did not come from a racing background. Her journey began with a letter to her local stables. She was determined that racing was where she was headed and eventually got a job as a stable lass for Grade 1 and Cheltenham Festival winning trainer Ferdy Murphy. From here she progressed to racing secretary, travelling head lass and finally to Assistant Trainer. In 2013, she became Britain’s youngest trainer when starting out at 24 years old. It is through drive and determination that she has got to where she is today; Rebecca has now trained over 350 winners!

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Gary Moore

Gary Moore has long been regarded as one of the top dual-purpose trainers in the country. Racing is all he has known, having grown up the son of a trainer and embarking on a career as a Jumps jockey in the early days before taking the reins from his father. Gary and his wife Jayne are based at Cisswood Racing Stables in West Sussex, a remarkable training establishment that he has grown over the years. The two mile chasing legend, Sire De Grugy, is the horse that really put Gary on the map, by claiming victories in the Tingle Creek Chase (Grade 1) twice, the Desert Orchid Chase (Grade 2), the Clarence House Chase (Grade 1), the Queen Mother Champion Chase (Grade 1) and the Celebration Chase (Grade 1) twice. Other stable stars have emerged in recent years in the form of Goshen and Editeur Du Gite. It is very much a family run operation with Jamie and Josh both playing vital roles in the running of the yard. Gary, himself, is a real character and it’s no wonder he is full to the brim with horses. He is often found riding out, mucking out or grooming!

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Ben Pauling

Ben Pauling trains from Naunton Downs Stables, which is a state-of-the-art purpose built 94 box yard, designed with horse welfare in mind. Ben’s best season came last year, when he achieved 80 winners for a strike rate of 19%. He is on track to beat his highest season’s earnings this year too, so far reaching over £940,000. In 2015, the team got their first Grade 1 success with Barters Hill in the Challow Novices’ Hurdle. It wasn’t long until Willoughby Court doubled the tally in the Neptune Novices’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival. He has since had three more Festival winners in Le Breuil, Global Citizen and Shakem Up’Arry in the 2024 Plate Handicap Chase for owner Harry Redknapp. Other prominent owners in his yard include David Howden and Tim Radford.

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Dan Skelton

Dan Skelton Racing was established in 2013 and is based in Warwickshire. Along with Dan, there is his brother and stable jockey, Harry. The pair grew up around horses, being the sons of Olympic champion show jumper Nick Skelton. Based between two main yards, Lodge Hill and Badbury Hill Stables, the team have access to some of the best facilities around, which have enabled them to train over 1,200 winners so far. Notable successes have come with the likes of Protektorat, Proschema, Nube Negra, Galia Des Liteaux and Grey Dawning. Dan has trained eight Cheltenham Festival winners to date. At the 2024 renewal, he was the winning-most British trainer with four victories, including two Grade 1s. The hard work of the team was recognised by the 2021 Lyetts leadership award.

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Paul Webber

After leaving school with frankly disappointing A-level results and spending six months travelling through the USA, Mexico and South America, Paul Webber returned to work for his father, John Webber at Cropredy Lawn in 1977. Paul enjoyed success as an amateur rider, which resulted in him being Champion N.H. Amateur Jockey in the 1980-81 season with 32 winners. During this time he rode in the 1981 Grand National and also rode winners in the US and New Zealand. Paul took over the licence from his father and saddled his first winner, the aptly-named Cropredy Lad in November 1995. Wonderful horses like Flying Instructor, Carlito Brigante, Ulundi, Kew Green, Full House, Jungli, Tindaro and Alasi have followed. More recently Australia Day, Cantlow, Time For Rupert and the Cheltenham Festival winner, Indefatigable have been flag-bearers for the yard.

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Evan Williams

Evan was brought up on his family farm and started out as a farmer but he now has a very impressive string of racehorses in his yard. Evan started training under rules in the 2003/4 season and was quick to find success, winning the Finale Juvenile hurdle, his first Grade 1, only 6 months later. Mr Williams has gone from strength to strength over the years and now has around 80 horses in training. Evan has enjoyed over 1000 victories to date. These include four Grade 1s, 13 Grade 2s, 10 Grade 3s, seven Listed races and one Cheltenham Festival win. In the last 5 seasons alone, he has amassed £3,650,089 in prize money. Mr Williams has achieved a place in five consecutive Grand Nationals, between the years of 2009 and 2013, with horses, State Of Play and Cappa Bleu.

Venetia Williams

Venetia has recorded the most wins by a lady trainer in the history of National Hunt Racing. A model of consistency since becoming a trainer, Venetia has maintained her position as one of the top ten trainers in the country, frequently reaching the top five. Starting from scratch with six horses, within three years Venetia was training the favourite for the Cheltenham Gold Cup. Since then Venetia's career has flourished. Never one to expose her horses to the high risk of summer ground, each year Venetia can be seen with the big Saturday winners during the core National Hunt season. Throughout her career, Venetia has won many significant races but none more so than in 2009, when Mon Mome triumphed in The Grand National. She became only the second woman in history to achieve such an accolade.

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