Peter Bowen

Bio: Peter Bowen is based at Yet-Y-Rhug in Letterston, near Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire and first took out a full training licence in 1995. Bowen saddled his first winner under National Hunt Rules, Iffee, ridden by Richard Johnson – who was, at the time, still a conditional jockey, claiming 5lb – in a lowly Class E handicap chase at Sedgefield in October that year.

 

One of his career highlights was saddling Always Waining to win the John Smith’s Topham Chase, run over 2 miles 5 furlongs on the National Course at Aintree, three years running in 2010, 2011 and 2012. Bowen also has the distinction of winning the Summer Plate at Market Rasen six times. His winners were Stately Home in 1997 and Ballycassidy in 2003 and – after the race was awarded Listed status and increased in distance, to 2 miles 5½ furlongs, in 2005 – Yes Sir in 2006, Iron Man in 2007, Snoopy Loopy in 2008 and, most recently, More Buck’s, ridden by son Sean, in 2018. Later in 2008, Snoopy Loopy would also take advantage of a stumble by Kauto Star, who subsequently unseated his rider, after the final fence to win the Betfair Chase at Haydock Park at odds of 33/1.

 

Bowen has three sons, Mickey, who, at 21, became the youngest trainer ever to win the Fox Hunters’ Chase at Aintree in 2017, Sean, who, at 17, became the youngest ever leading conditional jockey in 2015 and James, who, at 16, usurped his brother as the youngest ever leading conditional jockey in 2017.

Website: http://www.peterbowenracing.com/home.htm

Social: https://twitter.com/Peter_Bowen_

Contact: racing@peterbowenracing.com 

 

Neil Mulholland

Bio: Based at Conkwell Grange Stables, in Limpley Stoke, near Bath, Somerset, Neil Mulholland is primarily a national hunt trainer, even though he does dabble in flat racing too for “a bit of fun”.

Having attained his training license in 2008 he diligently mastered his craft and had early success. Midnight Chase was one of those early successes with 11 wins in 2012 including the Argento Chase at Cheltenham.

Cheltenham success continues this time at the Cheltenham Festival itself in 2015 when his horse druids Nephew won the Ultima Business Solutions Handicap Chase.  One suspects he’ll have many more big wins under his belt in the years to come.

Website: http://www.neilmulhollandracing.com/

News / Blog: http://www.neilmulhollandracing.com/news/

Social: https://twitter.com/neil_mulholland?lang=en

Contact: neil@neilmulhollandracing.com

 

Philip Hobbs

Bio: Specialising in national hunt racing, Philip Hobb’s stables are located at Minehead, Somerset. He’s accumulated some impressive prestige wins over the years such as Flagship Uberalles in the 2002 Queen Mother Champion Chase, Rooster Booster in the Champion Hurdle, both wins taking place during the Cheltenham Festival. He has 18 Cheltenham Festival wins to his name in total. Hobbs does have a minor involvement in flat racing too.

Prior to becomning a trainer Philip Hobbs had over 160 wins as a jump jockey and so he’s witnessed the sport from multiple perspectives, no doubt providing valuable insights.  His record as trainer eclipses this though, with over 2500 wins under his belt to date. He’s by no means shy about his success, setting himself a target of 100 wins and £1 million in prize money per season.

Website: http://www.pjhobbs.com/

Social: https://twitter.com/pjhobbs1?lang=en

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Contact: pjhobbs@pjhobbs.com

 

Donald McCain Jnr

Bio: Donald McCain Jnr. had some fairly sizeable shoes to fill when he took over the training licence at Bankhouse Stable in Cholmondley, Cheshire from his father, Donald “Ginger” McCain, in 2006/07. The late McCain Snr. was, of course, the trainer of the legendary Red Rum and a larger-than-life character, who was famously unafraid of speaking his mind, regardless of his audience.

 

McCain Jnr. is a less colourful personality than his father, but has nevertheless saddled over 1,000 winners and is firmly established as one of the leading trainers in the North of England. Having previously worked as assistant trainer to Luca Cumani, Sir Michael Stoute and Oliver Sherwood, McCain Jnr. saddled his first Cheltenham Festival winner, Whiteoak, in the David Nicholson Mares Hurdle in 2008.

 

His second Cheltenham Festival winner, Peddlers Cross on the Neptune Investment Managemnet Novices’ Hurdle in 2010, was also his first Grade 1 winner and he has since enjoyed further success at the highest level in the Fighting Fifth Hurdle at Newcastle with Peddlers Cross in 2010 and Overturn in 2011, the Future Champions Finale Juvenile Hurdle at Chepstow with Hollow Tree in 2011 and the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham with Cinders And Ashes in 2012. Of course, he also emulated his father by winning the Grand National with Ballabriggs in 2011.

Website: http://www.donaldmccain.co.uk/

News / Blog: http://www.donaldmccain.co.uk/news/

Social: https://twitter.com/donaldmccain

Contact:  info@donaldmccain.co.uk

 

Ralph Beckett

Bio: Breaking it down to ‘Racehorse Trainer. Trained three Classic winners.‘ on his Twitter profile description, Ralph Beckett and his team are based at Kimpton Down Stables in Hampshire, England. His begin his career in racing as a stable lad in Australia, where his learned a lot from the likes of Colin Hayes, before continuing this learning curve with Jimmy Fitzgerald. Further education continued with the Arthur Moore, Martin Pipe and Peter Walwyn. I can’t think of a better apprenticeship.

Taking over from Peter in 2000, he amassed 105 wins, before moving to Whitsbury Manor with Chris Harper and eclipsing his previous wins total, this time with 245 wins, including Look Here in the Oaks and Muhannak in the Breeders’ Cup Marathon. Moving to Kimpton in 2011 proved to be a solid move, wish over 500 wins following including a 1-2 in the 2013 Oaks and a St Leger win. He has a record to be reckoned with!

 

Website: http://www.rbeckett.com/index.html

News / Blog: http://www.rbeckett.com/latest-news.html

Social: https://twitter.com/ralphbeckett

Contact: trainer@rbeckett.com