The son of former amateur National Hunt jockey and trainer Thomas ‘Tom’ Tate – who is the brother-in-law of former National Hunt champion trainer Michael Dickinson – James Tate has a fine racing pedigree. A qualified veterinary surgeon, Tate Jr. spent six year under the auspices of the most successful trainer in the history of British horse racing, Mark Johnston, before moving to Jamesfield Place Stables, on Hamilton Road, Newmarket, and taking out a training licence in his own right in 2011.

In November that year, Tate was one of the main beneficiaries when Rabbah Bloodstock – the organisation formed by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Ruler of the Emirate, in 2006 – removed 24 of its horses from La Grange Stables, the yard operated by Ed Dunlop, on nearby Fordham Road. In fact, Tate saddled his first winner, Dark Falcon, owned by Saeed Manana, in a maiden stakes race at Southwell, the following month.

Fast forward eight years and Tate has saddled over 300 winners and won over £3 million in prize money. He enjoyed his most successful season, numerically, in 2013, when he saddled 62 winners on British soil, but has saddled at least 40 winners in every season since, bar 2017. In recent years, multiple Listed and Pattern level winners Invincible Army and Hey Gaman have flown the flag for the yard, but Tate also has a bevy of promising younger horses at his disposal, so has plenty to look forward to.




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