David entered the training ranks with a bang in 2010, after a career as a successful NH jockey for 13 years. He rode for Tim Easterby and had a successful partnership with a number of very good horses including Turgeonev and Bells Life. The latter providing him with a notable success in the Foxhunters’ at Aintree in April 2000.
The philosophy of the yard is very simple. Based on teamwork and putting the welfare of the horse first, the winners will come. Although it does have its disadvantages, as David is always the first in the firing line if things don’t go to plan! He has had many horses in the yard that have a special place in his heart. Blue Bajan gave him his first Group winner, while our own Penitent won two Group 2′s in 2012 and finished second in the Prix de la Foret. Having come so close in that Group 1 with Penitent, G Force also carrying the Middleham Park Racing colours, was the first to break the Group 1 barrier when winning the Haydock Sprint Cup and being voted Champion European Sprinter in 2014.
The transformation of horses, is something David is fast getting a name for and gaining much respect from the racing world. Move In Time is a great example of his extraordinary talent. Rated 85 when joining David, Move In Time progressed right through the ranks to land the Group 1 Prix De L'Abbaye. Our own Tawdeea is another horse who has benefitted from David's skill with horses from other yards. We bought him for £12k at a 'horses-in-training' sale and after running for David, picked up over £40k alone for our syndicate of owners by winning The Old Newton Cup in 2016. We continue to place H-I-T purchases with David and are confident he can yet again work his magic!