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Sebastian Beach (below) won the Harper Gow Family Supporting Alzheimer Scotland Handicap Chase (Northern Lights Series Qualifier) at Kelso for owners The Megsons. He was prominently placed by our new conditional jockey Jason Dixon and challenged to take the lead before 4 out, he was ridden and drew clear from 2 out staying on to win by 7 lengths. This was Sebastian Beach’s first run in blinkers, Jason’s first ride at Kelso and the first winner he’s ridden for Ben. Congratulations to all connections!

A Hare Breath

A HARE BREATH (aka Harry); five-time winner for us who retired on the final day of last season after a wonderful career for the Embiricos family finished third in his first Retraining Of Racehorses competition at Frome Show with Tor Cannon in September, just 4 months after leaving us.



Raise Your Shades won at Southwell by 8 lengths for his owners Foxtrot Racing Raise Your Shades. Ridden by Tom Bellamy, he was held up until the 6th hurdle. Making headway he and Safe Home began to draw clear, but Raise Your Shades was the better horse on the day and stayed on brilliantly to make 8 lengths on his rival and win convincingly.   


Mystic Court triumphs for his owners The Mystic Band of Brothers. The son of Court Cave had produced a very promising start to his hurdling career at Kempton where he was a very creditable third 3 weeks prior and we were very hopeful he would reproduce this form again last week at Huntingdon. 

Under Daryl he led from pillar to post battling on bravely to the line where he fended off the fast finishing Rukwa by half a length in a thrilling finish. It is great to see how far he has come over the season and we look forward to seeing him return in the Autumn. 


The yard is sparkling! With the majority of horses now out for the summer the team have been hard at work steam cleaning, painting, fixing every little nut and bolt and it looks fantastic. Fresh and ready to go! 


Sales Season is upon us with Doncaster May Sales kicking it off last week. As I’m sure you’ve heard it was a record breaking few days with plenty of talent going through the ring. We are thrilled to introduce some of the exciting new purchases who will be joining our team. Amongst them is the brother of Global Citizen and A Hare Breath. De Barley Basket is a striking individual who will hopefully follow in his brothers footsteps. 

Another exciting purchase is the son of Court Cave ‘Lifeisahighway’ this point winner seems to be taking everything in his stride since returning from the sales before he heads out for some grass. 

Have a look at our website it’s always a good way to follow the horses in training and spot the new faces! 


The next few weeks brings with it a return of some familiar faces back to the track such as the ever youthful and treasured Ravens Tower who will be having a summer campaign as he is a horse who always thrives on good ground. We can’t wait to see him back. 

Gowiththeflow Delights

A New Season has arrived and with it the holidays are here for most of our horses, but some have still got jobs to do and are firmly flying the flag for the team in these summer months.

Sebastian Beach and Gowiththeflow have delighted over the last week and kicked off their seasons in style.

We are thrilled to have Bruton Streets Gowiththeflow back to winning ways. This talented horse has taken a while to find his way this season after a fantastic year novice hurdling where he beat the likes of Paisley Park, it hasn’t been the easiest road for him but last week at Market Rasen where he took the feature we seem to have him back on track.

Under Nico he bowled along in front really enjoying himself and showing us the horse we all know he is. When challenged he went away tenaciously to go and win his race. He will hopefully run again soon and then we will go from there.

Sebastian Beach has been off the track for over two years and we could not be prouder of everyone at home getting this horse back to the racecourse in such tremendous form. He was just beaten on his comeback run and yard debut at Worcester last week into a very gallant 2nd.  We were delighted with his performance and fingers crossed he will be hitting the top spot very soon.

This week brings with it some lovely runners as Hidden Glen and Markov return to action at Southwell tomorrow.


As it’s time for a break take a look at some of the pictures that will be in this weeks newsletter of happy horses now out in the field here and at home with their owners. Perhaps you’ll recognise a few of them…

CLOSE OF PLAY ON 2018/2019

As we say good bye to 2018/2019 we look back fondly on the past year as it was the year that we maintained our increasing winners tally for a season as we recorded our greatest total. The months also saw our younger horses come to the helm and fly the flag especially amongst the Hurdlers and the Novice Chasers with the likes of Global Citizen proving his class throughout and both Novice Chasers Le Breuil and Kildisart rising to the top at the two big festivals of the year Cheltenham and Aintree. There where plenty of exciting performances from others as young prospects started carving out their career.

It seemed as though a changing of the guard was in the air as three of our stars bowed out for a final time. We suffered a huge loss in Willoughby Court along with retiring Barters Hill and A Hare Breath.  There have been some tough goodbyes but we are incredibly lucky and excited by the way our horses have performed and look forward to seeing what next season brings. As we have always done we have built from the bottom, unfortunately the ground has gone so some of our babies will have to wait until the Autumn to start their racing life but in the meantime we can all have a summer of dreaming and hoping that 2019/2020 brings with it some exciting days. As always we are so grateful to our team at home who have worked so hard over the last year and our owners for all their support we can’t them all enough. Roll on next year.


A Hare Breath bows out with all the class he’s shown through out his career. The Valda Embiricos owned Harry ran his final race at Sandown on Saturday after what has been a career full of highs and days that have provided us with some wonderful memories.

He is the type of horse you dream of training early on in your career. Arriving with us after some time off at the beginning of our second season the knowledge that this was a smart individual became apparent very quickly when nothing we had home could work with him! A few away days at Nickys bought about whispers of what this exciting horse might produce when he ran. His first outing at the Cheltenham November Meeting would provide us with our first winner at the home of jumps and a day that will last long in the memory as he stormed up the hill to win emphatically.

His CV is a joy to look back on. He was a winner over fences but his strength was the speed and accuracy he hurdled with making him hugely classy in this sphere notching up many wins and places in the big handicaps at the Festivals including fourth in the Greatwood along with wins at Kempton and Sandown where he gained Listed success.

He took everything in his stride and was a joy to train. You couldn’t ask for a kinder individual and his presence will be much missed around the yard. A wonderful retirement though awaits as he heads back the Embiricos’s Barkfold Stud and will be treated like the king he is. We look forward to seeing him shine in anything he does next.



Our team is recruiting full time stable staff/work riders and yard staff to start no later than the 1st July 2019. We are looking for enthusiastic people to join this Festival and Grade 1 winning team.

  • A great opportunity to ride and look after some top class racehorses, experience top class racing and race days.
  • All stable staff applicants must be competent riders, Yard Staff do not need riding experience.
  • Applicants must have a high level of care and be great team players.
  • With options to further your career by taking your NVQ 3 and Diploma Exams if you wish.
  • The opportunity to earn above a first class salary for the right people, gain plenty of bonuses and pool money through out the season.
  • Fantastic accommodation available to suit everyone on or off sight.
    All applications, CV’s and enquiries please send to or call Hannah in the office on 01451 821252 



Aintree never seems to disappoint, top class racing, a city that welcomes you with open arms and a race that captures the nation.

The few days for the team did provide a rollercoaster of emotions.

Unfortunately, THE CAPTAINS INN picked up a nasty injury when going beautifully in the Grade 1 Sefton. We are very hopeful after Daryl’s quick thinking to pull him up that we will see this talented horse back on a racecourse soon for his owners the Megsons.

The Novice Chaser EQUUS SECRETUS took to the National fences like an old pro in the Topham and ran a gallant race for a long time to get a good clear round over the big fences just getting tired towards the end of the race. He was brave and has given himself the opportunity of having some exciting targets for next season. THE COB finished the Friday of the meeting off well after being thrown in at the deep end. He ran well above his odds to finish just outside the frame in the Champion bumper.

With the arrival of Grand National Day brought with it three exciting runners and of course the chance to watch the magnificent Tiger Roll become apart of history. What an amazing horse he is, huge congratulations to his connections.

We are delighted that NESTOR PARK is ok after being pulled up. Nico reported that he didn’t enjoy the ground. The Megsons’ NADAITAK after a good run in the Albert Barlett put in another fine display in the Gaskells Hurdle to finish off what has been a great season. He will now have a well-deserved holiday and next year we look forward to an exciting Novice Chasing campaign.

The last of our runners for the meeting was the exciting KILDISART who hot off the back of his JLT fourth came to the race in great form. Having opted not to go in the Novice Races he would carry the mammoth weight of 11st 12lbs in the Betway Chase. Under a brilliant ride from Daryl he was impressive from start to finish. Easing into the lead between the final two fences to go on and win in style becoming our second festival winner of the season. He has been a star this year and he deserved to win on one of the biggest stages of all. We are delighted for his owners Simon Munir and Isaac Souede along with Anthony Bromley, the team behind the double green.

To have winners at both the two big festivals of the year Cheltenham and Aintree is no easy feat and as always, the team at home are a key part to the success so a huge thank you to them for all their hard work.

Elsewhere ONE TOUCH completed a great day for the team, winning in style on stable debut a hot bumper at Chepstow where many horses where highly thought of and it will surely be a race that will provide plenty of future winners. We are thrilled for owner Martin Jones who looks to have an exciting prospect on his hands.

The team head up to Ayr this weekend where we are set to send some exciting runners with DELIRE D'ESTRUVAL, RINTULLA and MARKOV amongst some of the entries heading the charge up to Scotland


Wow! What a time we’ve had, words can hardly express the ride its been over the last few weeks.

RINTULLA kicked off the last 10 days in style with an impressive win in a bumper up at Carlisle. It was lovely to see this exciting horse get the job done the way we know he can and demonstrate plenty of promise on the track. It was also fantastic to get our first winner for the McNeil Family along with Ian Turner have been a wonderful in their support to us. We look forward to this hopefully being the first of many and seeing what this horse can do next.

The Military Gold Cup Day at Sandown provided us with a day of extreme mixed emotions. We are deeply saddened by the loss of CARLOS DU FRUITIER whose freak injury during the race meant that he could not be saved. He provided the team with one of our highlights of the season when he won the Royal Artillery only 3 weeks earlier and he will be much missed. Our thanks and thoughts go to his wonderful owners The Sandbaggers and Nathan who adored him and looked after him every day.

Earlier in the day SHANROE TIC TEC provided a surprise on the card under an inspired ride by Guy Disney who got him up on the line to win the Queen Mother Memorial Military Hurdle. A special win as Guy and Ben have been friends since childhood and the horse is owned by a syndicate who have supported us since day one. Shanroe kept his great form up and came out five days later to win at Huntingdon under Lily Pinchin in the Ladies Race on Wednesday.

The Saturday of Sandown saw DELIRE D’ESTRUVAL in the Double Green of Simon Munir and Isaac Souede win a hot Novice Handicap. It was great to see this horse get back on track a fabulous bit of placing by racing manager Anthony Bromley. Delire will now head back to Sandown for the last day of the season.

Sunday bought with it a double for the team and a special first win for Aaron Rid who rode the owned and trained by Ben GRANNYS SECRET to victory in a point to point bumper at Bangor. Aaron gave this mare a fantastic ride and she looks like she could have a very bright future.

ESPOIR DE LOIRE quickly followed up with a brave win at Warwick for his owners Merribelle Irish Farm Ltd. It was lovely to see him perform how we always thought he could after his wind operation and he showed us plenty of promise. It was also lovely to have some of his owners there in Mike and Ann Hankin who had flown over from the States for Cheltenham and were able to be at Warwick to see his win.

NOW IN THE WINTER kicked off his career with a win on debut at Stratford in the bumper. It is the first time his owners have ventured into race horse ownership together so we are over the moon for them and if you go to our Facebook page you can see what it means. Well done to all.


Tuesday and the Festival was here after weeks of talking, preparing and excitement the roar was about to happen.

We had our first Champion Hurdle Runner and though GLOBAL CITIZEN perhaps on the face of it didn’t seem to run his race due to a few reasons we could not have been prouder of our star performer this year. He has won on the big days and is incredibly exciting for next year as he heads over a fence in the Autumn after a much-deserved summer holiday.

LE BREUIL was up next and I’m sure you all know what happened there…...he made dreams come true as he gave the team our second festival winner. Words can not describe how proud we are of this wonderful horse who under an inspired ride by Jamie Codd battled so bravely over 4 miles to win by half a length to the equally gutsy Discorama on the biggest stage of all. ‘Two Gladiators battling up the Cheltenham Hill’ are words that will stay with us. What this means to all of us words can’t describe but go to our social media and you’ll get a fair idea! We are delighted for his owner Emma Palmer and thank her for helping make the last week so brilliant. One person who deserves so much praise is Hannah she has looked after and ridden this horse since day one and she has been on the roller-coaster with him every step of the way, her hard work has been rewarded so a huge congratulations to her. After the race the team headed down to the Plough our local pub in Cold Aston and led by the Ben, we had a big old party! It is a day we will never forget and he provided memories that will last a life time.

We could not have been more pleased with our Cheltenham team every single one of them ran creditably. BRIGHT FORECAST ran a cracker to finish 3rd in the Ballymore as did KILDISART who was 4th in the JLT we were delighted with them both as we were NADAITAK who ran well in the Albert Bartlett.  Bright Forecast will have his summer holidays now but hopefully you will see Kildisart out again this season.

What a few days it was and what a Cheltenham they put on.  Four days that National Hunt Racing should be proud of and stories that captured the imagination of all. Until Next Year…….

Throughout the week BIG DIFFERENCE landed the spoils at Market Rasen for his owner M Waters. He looks to be a lovely big raw horse and we were delighted with the way he won.

The Megsons THE CAPTAINS INN is looking like he has a very exciting future as he won well up at Uttoxeter against a hot field of Novices under a penalty. He will now be stepped up in grade and head possibly to Aintree.

You have to treasure days and weeks like this and we can’t say a big enough thank you to our team, owners and all the support from everyone.


It’s cold out there and with Winter in full swing over the last couple of weeks plenty of race meetings have been abandoned and lost to the frost but both Cheltenham and Doncaster were given the go ahead on Saturday in what would prove to be a super day for the team.

KILDISART - What a star he has been so far this season and on Saturday he again strutted his stuff to win in style the Novice Chase at Cheltenham for Simon Munir and Isaac Souede. It was his first visit to Cheltenham and he took the big stage all in his stride. He travelled in his relaxed manor throughout the race and with a good jump at the last he took the lead up the hill to win by a couple of lengths. To walk into any winner’s enclosure is thrilling but at Cheltenham it always seems very special and when Joe led Kildisart into a huge cheer it was a fantastic moment for all of us.

Within half an hour The Megsons’ NADAITAK was off and running in the Grade 2 River Don up at Doncaster. With just the four runners he was the outsider of the bunch at 12/1. This race is always a test of stamina and is normally won by a horse who has the toughness to see it out and Nadaitak seemed to have bags of both on Saturday. His jumping has improved so much through out this season and that it is a credit to Jake who behind the scenes has work relentlessly with him to improve his hurdling. Turning for home he opened a lead of 3 or 4 lengths, and this just kept increasing, he just kept going and won by a wide margin of 22 lengths. If you haven’t seen this go to our Facebook page and have a look as he was so impressive, and the manor of his victory was very striking. We are so thrilled that he showed us what he can do and this talented youngster will probably give Cheltenham a swerve with the idea of heading to Aintree.

It was a weekend to remember for the team and there were definitely a few sore heads on Sunday morning!

Sue Davis’s NESTOR PARK, Tom and Hannah took the long journey up to Newcastle on Monday afternoon for Nestors’ race on the Tuesday and thank goodness it was worth it! He was coming off the back of the Challow which had not gone to plan at all after a very muddling race. It was great to see this lovely horse go out and get the job done under a penalty with ease and no doubt the journey home was made a whole lot shorter after his success. With his season firmly back on track we can now look forward to what we hope will be an exciting Spring with him.

As the weekend approaches the country seems covered in a cold spell so we will have to wait and see what meetings are on and go from there, but fingers crossed for some racing.

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