At Nick Bradley Racing, we appreciate that it is often beneficial for an owner to have a horse located with a trainer which is convenient for themselves as well as the horse! We are fortunate to offer horses with a wide selection of premier trainers in the UK and Ireland. Our aim is to individually place our horses with a trainer most likely to unlock their true potential on the track!
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From a farming family based near Dorchester in Dorset, George has always been around horses and thoroughbreds, albeit his family’s racing roots revolved more around National Hunt horses.
As a teenager it was clear that George’s interest in racing was overpowering his interest in traditional education, spending more time studying the form book rather than any book in the curriculum.
Upon leaving school George started working in the bloodstock business, first for Luke Lillingston and then for Tom Goff (Blandford Bloodstock) at the sales on both sides of the Atlantic.
Following that George went to Newcastle University to study Agriculture and Business Management, after which he travelled to Australia where he worked for two of the biggest names in Australian racing. In Sydney he worked for Gai Waterhouse and then on to Melbourne where he worked for Lloyd Williams.
George returned from Australia to work for Hugo Palmer in Newmarket where he spent six years as assistant trainer, for two years of which he oversaw the running of Hugo’s 50 box satellite yard, Yellowstone Park Stables, on the Hamilton Road.
On 1st July 2019 George was granted a licence to train in Newmarket.
Richard Fahey has built his training career on the back of a successful stint as a jockey. Although refreshingly self-deprecating about his riding abilities, he chalked-up just over 100 winners, under both codes, in ten years in the saddle, the highlight of which was sharing the conditional jockeys’ title. “I wasn’t good enough, wasn’t enjoying it and couldn’t see a future in it, so I gave it up before it gave me up,” is Fahey’s succinct reflection of his days as a jockey.
From starting out, in the summer of 1993, from Manor Farm, Butterwick, near Malton, with a modest string, which barely reached double-figures, Fahey has never looked back.
In 2002, he won more than £500,000 for the first time in a Flat season. And in 2005 – his first full year in his new yard at Musley Bank, Malton – the bar was raised again when Richard saddled 79 winners in Britain and accumulated just over £800,000 in prizes for his lucky patrons.
Richard’s plan was to make Musley Bank one of the best training facilities in the country and in the past few years this has been realised. The yard not only has incredible facilities but a way of working that breeds success. He has fantastic staff whose hard work and dedication have helped him reach his goals and with the continued support of his owners he hopes to do even better.
In 2006, he went through the £1m prize money barrier for the first time. More significantly, he never dipped below that sizeable figure since, and has continued to increase his stable’s earnings every year.
In 2008, when he saddled more than 100 winners for the first time, his prize money was up to £1.2m. The following year it was upped to £1.6m, combined with an incredible 165 winners and, in 2010, he reaped an extraordinary £2m-plus, 181 winners in Britain, and Wootton Bassett’s Group 1 romp in France, a campaign which enabled him, and his owners, to scale even headier heights.
In 2017 he sent out 200 winners and won over £4.2m in prize money. He had Group 1 wins in the Lockinge, Prix du Moulin and broke the track record in the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot with Ribchester.
In 2018 he sent out 190 winners – there was Group 3 success for Mr Lupton in the Trophy Stakes at Newbury. Forest Ranger picked up the Group 2 Huxley Stakes and Sands Of Mali showed us all what he’s capable of winning the Group 1 Champion Sprint Stakes at Ascot.
“We’ve had fantastic success and that’s because we have a brilliant and dedicated team” – but Richard always wants more. “We’ll continue to work hard, have more group winners and more importantly make sure our horses are well looked after and our owners satisfied.”
Remarkably, in just over 20 years, Richard has gone from being yet another enthusiastic recruit, starting out with just a handful of horses, to becoming one of the country’s major players with some 200 horses on his books and a career tally of domestic winners which went through the 2,000-mark in 2016.
Roger has been a racehorse owner and enthusiast for many years and has enjoyed a great deal of success as an owner. His favourite horse has to be Smarty Socks but there have been many others.
The yard was purchased by Roger Fell in 2008 with the vision of owning a successful racing yard and making racing fun and affordable for owners. Substantial investment has transformed the yard and it is now one of the best available anywhere. He took over the license himself in 2016 and with a team of dedicated staff and great facilities he has already shown that winners will continue to come from this quality yard.
Arthington Barn Stables is located just a few miles from Helmsley on the A170 Scarborough to Thirsk road in the village of Nawton. Set on the border of the North Yorkshire Moors it is the perfect location to train racehorses. The facilities provide a tranquil setting which gives all our horses the best chance to achieve their potential. The perfect recipe for a successful racing yard!
Roger is very proud of the state-of-the-art facilities, and his dedicated staff work tirelessly to ensure that every horse is happy and relaxed. His private gallops mean the routine training can be done without stress and the need to box the horses and travel to the gallops. He can use other shared gallops whenever they are needed, so they enjoy the best of both worlds.
The yard is a proven success and provides a winning platform which has been demonstrated over many years. Over 400 winners have been sent out from Arthington Barn in recent years and we are confident that there are many more winners to come.
Karl met wife Elaine Jarvis, daughter of trainer Alan at school and they later married and had two girls Kelly and Lucy. Karl trains from Spigot Lodge where his family play crucial roles in the team.
As a jockey Karl rode for Alan Jarvis but always likely to be too heavy for the Flat he switched codes to jump racing, and went on to gain 50 winners from 750 rides.
After riding, Karl and Elaine set up a livery and pre-training yard in Newark where they broke young stock in. It was here they started training a small string of both flat and jump horses. The family then moved to Broadway near Cheltenham where they rented a yard, with much more space, from Michael Berrow the manager of pop group Duran Duran. As the string of horses increased Karl made the decision to move to Ginge in 1990 where he enjoyed further success with horses such as Philistar and Daring Destiny winner of the Ayr Gold Cup, a Group 2 in Germany and a Group 3 in Ireland.
In 2000 Karl and his family bought Spigot Lodge in idyllic North Yorkshire. Spigot Lodge is ideally situated between the famous Middleham High and Low moor gallops and is steeped in racing history. Karl has now trained here for several years and has enjoyed a number of Group successes, the most notable of which is the recently retired multiple Group 1 winning Laurens.
Nick and Karl have worked together since the 2016 season. Karl has had tremendous success for syndicates over the past few years and we are excited to be involved with the team at Spigot Lodge.
Nick sent his first horses to Jamie in 2016 and it didn't take long before the new partnership saw success with Raising Sand finding the winners circle.
Jamie Osborne is widely regarded as being a very shrewd trainer who does a tremendous job with his horses and looking after his owners. Nick and Jamie first met at the Tattersalls Sales where they repeatedly found themselves bidding on the same horses. They teamed up successfully with Raising Sand, having picked him up for just 16,000 guineas in July.
Jamie started his racing life in his native Yorkshire with the ambition of becoming a National Hunt Jockey. The quest took him to Lambourn aged eighteen where he spent two years with Nicky Henderson before moving on to become stable jockey to Oliver Sherwood.
The Worldwide winner total fell just short of 1000, including twelve Cheltenham Festival winners, more than anyone else in the nineties. On retirement from the saddle in 2000, Jamie turned his attention to training flat horses. So far training well over 500 winners including five at Royal Ascot and important races in France and Dubai. Two year olds have played a big part in the yard’s success, none more than the Dewhurst Winner, and Champion two year old, Milk it Mick.
The star of the yard in recent years is Toast of New York, winner of the 2014 $2m UAE Derby, and a VERY close second to Bayern in the Breeders Cup Classic at Santa Anita in November 2014.
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From his arrival in Newmarket in 2006, Marco Botti quickly established himself as one of Britain’s leading trainers. A reputation for fielding high-class challengers in the world’s biggest races led to Marco being voted international trainer of the year at the 2012 HWPA Derby Awards. He also boasts an admirable strike-rate with his runners at home, where he has been champion all-weather trainer.
International Group and Grade 1 victories with Capla Temptress, Euro Charline, Excelebration, Tac De Boistron, Joshua Tree and Gitano Hernando have been backed up by a strong supporting cast which includes G2 Mill Reef Stakes winner Moohaajim, G2 Rockfel Stakes winner Al Thakhira, and G2 Gran Premio di Milano winner Dylan Mouth.
Jakkalberry and Dandino landed back-to-back runnings of the American St Leger in 2012 and 2013, while Jakkalberry also triumphed in the G2 Dubai City of Gold. The reliable Grendisar counted the G3 Winter Derby among his 10 wins, and he was matched in consistency by the Group performer Planteur, who was third in the 2013 and 2012 Dubai World Cup. Excelebration also gave Marco his first Classic victory when winning the German 2,000 Guineas in 2011, and this was followed by a second victory in the race in 2016 for the Coolmore-owned Knife Edge.
In 2017, the Botti stable again earned more than £1 million in prize-money for owners on a worldwide basis, with winners in Dubai and Canada, including a seventh Group/Grade 1 victory with Capla Temptress in the Natalma Stakes, while Fanciful Angel came agonisingly close to landing another when second in the G1 Arlington Million. In 2018, Aljazzi has built on her previous G3 Atalanta Stakes win before going on to become the stable’s first Royal Ascot winner in the G2 Duke Of Cambridge Stakes.
Marco was bred to succeed in racing. His father Alduino has been champion trainer in Italy for more than 30 years, while Marco’s brother Stefano is also a leading trainer in Italy. In addition to learning at home with his family, Marco also spent time working for leading trainers Luca Cumani, Ed Dunlop and Saeed Bin Suroor before embarking on his own training career. Marco has now gone on to train over 500 winners and win more than £16 million in prize-money.
Marco’s wife Lucie is a former jockey and a key member of the team, who accompanies many of the stable’s international runners on their travels. In early 2013, Marco and Lucie, along with their children Matteo and Valentina, moved into their brand new custom-built stable, Prestige Place, in order to accommodate their burgeoning string of racehorses.
Jessica Harrington is most successful female trainer at the Cheltenham Festival. She has long been established as one of the most talented dual-purpose trainers in the country. The horse that she will always be associated with is Moscow Flyer, one of the greatest two mile chasers of recent times. She landed another notable Cheltenham success in 2014 when winning the Champion Hurdle with Jezki, ridden by Barry Geraghty. And better was to come as she won the Timico Gold Cup two days later with Sizing John.
Jessica landed her first Classic success when the Colm O'Donoghue-ridden Alpha Centauri won the Tattersalls Irish 1,000 Guineas at the Curragh on Sunday, May 27, 2018. Harrington had won the Group 1 National Stakes in 2010 with Pathfork. Of her win with Alpha Centauri, Harrington said, "I'd put today on a par with winning the Cheltenham Gold Cup with Sizing John." Since then, she has had more big flat racing sucess with Cadillac winning a Group 2 and Lucky Vega winning a Group 1 in 2020.
Mark Johnston is one of Britain’s leading trainers, having become the first Flat trainer to send out more than 200 winners in a season (2009), a feat which he has, to date, repeated in 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018 and 2019.
Uniquely, he has trained more than 100 British winners for 26 consecutive seasons, achieving success in British and Irish Classics and in numerous Group One races.
Born in Scotland in 1959, he became interested in racing through his father’s ownership of horses. At 14 he knew he was destined to become a trainer, but decided to study first as a vet and after qualifying worked in veterinary practice for three years. Granted a trainer’s licence in 1987, he sent out his first winner, Hinari Video, that summer.
He moved to Middleham in 1988, buying the Kingsley House yard to begin an astonishing success story that has now extended to two further yards, creating a major complex covering 300 acres. His first century of winners came in 1994. He has won the 1,000 and 2,000 Guineas, the Irish 1,000 Guineas, the Irish St Leger, the Ascot Gold Cup (three times) and the Goodwood Cup (five times). His finest horses include Mister Baileys, Shamardal, Attraction, Lumiere, The Last Lion and Double Trigger. He and Deirdre have two sons, Charlie and Angus.
Tom and his wife Jackie both bring expertise, experience and enthusiasm to their enterprise which is based in Newmarket – the historic home of horseracing.
After three successful seasons in rented stables, Tom relocated to the historic Kremlin House Stables in September, the former base of his late father-in-law Michael Jarvis. During Michael’s illustrious career he saddled winners at Royal Ascot, of domestic and foreign Classics and the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.
Highlights for Tom and Jackie to date include Celsius’ victory at Glorious Goodwood, Hunni taking the £40,000 EBF Fillies’ Nursery at Newmarket and the exploits of 6,000gns yearling buy Gypsy Spirit who finished placed in no less than five Stakes races.
Prizemoney has increased year on year and the team are already looking forward to the 2020 season and beyond.
Tom – and his family – have been around horses most of their lives. He rode in point-to-points as a young man and, after gaining a diploma from the Royal Agricultural College in Cirencester, started out as a pupil assistant with jumps trainer Charlie Longsdon. Tom soon stepped up to assistant trainer as the operation doubled in size.
With a desire to develop his skills, he came to trainer David Simcock’s stable in Newmarket. What was meant to be a one-summer placement extended into five seasons as assistant in which Tom extensively learnt from David, who is renowned for maximising each horse’s potential. David continues to be a great sounding board for Tom and regular source of advice.