Hugo was granted a licence to train in 2011. Starting out with just 11 inexpensive horses that he syndicated, the yard has seen a steady stream of success in a short period of time. MAKING EYES provided the highlight of 2012 by becoming the stable’s first stakes winner winning the Listed Prix Jaques de Bremond in France. There followed many Group and Listed wins but it was COVERT LOVE’s victory in the Group 1 Irish Oaks of 2015 that really broke new ground for the yard. Having added the Group 1 Prix de l’Opera to her tally of 5 wins that year, COVERT LOVE was one of the highest rated fillies in the world.
The exploits of her supporting cast that included GALILEO GOLD, GIFTED MASTER, HAWKSMOOR, HOME OF THE BRAVE and NEW PROVIDENCE saw the yard break the £1 million barrier for the first time.
In 2016 the bar was raised even higher. GALILEO GOLD won the 2,000 Guineas and the St James’s Palace Stakes, and HAWKSMOOR became a Classic winner as well when she won the German 1,000 Guineas. There were Group wins for AFANDEM, BEST OF DAYS, GIFTED MASTER and HOME OF THE BRAVE which contributed to a top-ten finish in the Trainers Championship and UK prize money of over £2 million.
UNFORGETABLE FILLY gave the yard back to back German 1,000 Guineas victories in 2017. The stable recorded 8 Stakes wins in its best ever tally of winners and raced in Australia for the first time. WALL OF FIRE was a gallant second in the Group 2 Herbert Power Stakes Caulfield before running in the Melbourne Cup. MASK OF TIME narrowly missed out on victory when second in the Group 1 Toorak Handicap on the same day.
With an admirable strike rate, and 42 Stakes winners to his name, Hugo has quickly established himself as one of the country’s leading young trainers.
With a background steeped in equestrianism, Alice is one of Newmarket’s new young ambitious trainers! Growing up Alice would be spending her time eventing and at Pony Club. She then delved into the racing industry aged only 15. Alice started at Henrietta Knights where she then went on to get her apprentice licence for Mick Channon before moving to HQ where she worked for David Simcock as an apprentice. Alice has ridden over 10 winners!
Alice then started her Pre-Training career. Having a very successful pre training business for the likes of Varian Stable, William Haggas and Blue Diamond Stud, Alice decided she had completed this task and needed her next challenge. Alice decided to take out her training licence and is now based at the bottom of famous Warren Hill.
Her ethos is small yard, big results. Each horse is individually trained for their individual needs, love and care goes into everything Alice does, and she tries to give all of her owners a service where they can be involved in their horse’s journey. She prides herself on good communication with owners and encourages them to come and see their horses as often as they like and feel part of the team!
Starting out as a conditional jockey at Martin Pipe’s stable in the 80’s, Tom rode 96 National Hunt winners before making his move into training. Tom began as an Assistant Trainer to Ralph Beckett in Lambourn and went on to hone his skills under the tutelage of Mike De Kock as his representative in Dubai.
In 2005, Tom returned to the UK and set up on his own in Lambourn where he built up a reputation as an exceptional trainer of 2-year-olds, training the winner of both the July Stakes and the Superlative Stakes in 2008. His achievements caught the attention of Michael Owen who lured him to Manor House Stables in Cheshire where famously he enjoyed Group 1 success with Brown Panther in the Irish St Leger in 2014 as well as multiple Royal Ascot victories.
After 12 successful years, he moved back to Lambourn and established Tom Dascombe Racing.
Dave has had a love and passion for horses for as long as he can remember. With no background in racing he started off working for a small trainer back home in Galway, at the age of 13. He spent a number of years working there at weekends, summer holidays and often when he should have been at school! This was where his aspiration to become a trainer began.
Dave travelled to Australia in his early twenties where he spent 5 years working for a number of different trainers such as Bart and Anthony Cummings in Sydney, Paul Messara and a short time with Darley in Melbourne. Whilst in Australia, Dave also spent time working at Oaklands Stud and running a breaking and pre-training yard just outside Brisbane.
Dave met his wife Sarah while in Australia and moved back to the UK in 2013. Here he spent a season with Daniel Mark Loughnane, John Quinn and finally with Tom Dascombe before taking out his own trainer’s license. Whilst completing his trainer’s modules Dave was lucky enough to spend some time with Sir Mark Prescott, Stuart Williams and David Elsworth.
Based at Helshaw Grange, Dave is proving that with a brilliant team behind him he is more than capable of competing at every level in racing, whilst ensuring that every horse in the yard gets the attention it deserves and is trained to suit its individual needs