Based at Castle Hill Stables in Middleham, North Yorkshire, Ben Haslam has held a combined training licence, in his own right, since February 2010. He is, of course, the son of the late Patrick Haslam, who trained 988 winners in a career spanning five decades and was based, at various stages, in Lambourn, Newmarket and Middleham. A graduate of the Darley Flying Start programme, Haslam worked as assistant trainer to his father, whom he described as ‘a great role model’, for three years before taking over the licence, at the age of 25, on his retirement.

It would be fair to say that big race victories have been few and far between, but Haslam does have two ‘black type’ successes to his name, courtesy of Castle Hill Cassie in the Flying Fillies’ Stakes at Pontefract in August 2018 and Jerrysback in the Summer Cup at Uttoxeter in June 2022. Nowadays with capacity for 60 horses, Haslam enjoyed his most succesful season on the Flat in 2018, when he saddled 25 winners from 181 runners, and under National Hunt Rules in 2020/21, when he saddled 19 winners from 108 runners. At the time of writing, Haslam is enjoying something of a purple patch, having saddled four winners from his last eight runners, including the last three in a row.