Nowadays based at Howe Hill Stables, a 100-box, state-of-the-art training facility in Morden, near Stockton-on-Tees, Durham, Rebecca Menzies had the distinction of being the youngest trainer in Britain when she first took out a licence in her own right, at the age of 24, in 2013. However, despite having no racing background, she worked her way through the ranks, from stables lass to assistant trainer, with the late Fredy Murphy before starting up on her own.

Initially based at Brandsby in North Yorkshire, Menzies took a few seasons to break into double figures, but reached the milestone of 200 winners in November 2021 and has continued in similar fashion ever since. On the Flat, she achieved her highest seasonal tally, 32 winners, for the first time in 2022 and repeated the feat in 2023. In that sphere, she achieved her first, and so far only, ‘black type’ success courtesy of Stormy Girl in the Listed Flying Fillies’ Stakes at Pontefract in August 2020.

Under National Hunt Rules, Menzies has two further Listed victories to her name. In March 2022, she saddled Fonzerelli won with the Virgin Bet Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle at Doncaster and, the following month, Return Ticket to win the Scotty Brand Handicap Chase at Ayr. That pair contributed to a seasonal total of 40 winners, her best so far, and £429,753 in prize money in 2022/23.



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