Paul and Oliver Cole
Paul and Oliver Cole made history by becoming the first to register a victory with a dual license, permitted by the BHA since the resumption of racing on 1st June, and were the first to be jointly credited with a winner at Royal Ascot. They also won the Cambridgeshire, traditionally one of the most competitive handicaps of the year.
The father and son combination train at Whatcombe, a private racing estate located in picturesque Oxfordshire countryside. It has for many years offered a bespoke training facility for VIP racehorse owners and has achieved fantastic results.
Champion trainer, Paul Cole is one of Britain’s most successful trainers, winning the highest calibre races. He has sent out 5 Derby winners globally, including the English Derby, Irish Derby, King George, Irish Oaks, St Leger and Ascot Gold Cup. He has flown horses around the world to compete (and win significant prizes); in Dubai, France, Ireland, Italy, Germany, Istanbul, America, Canada, Hong Kong, Russia, Australia and Japan. Paul has also been Champion European Trainer four times. He trained Snurge, the first horse ever to win more than £1,000,000 in prize money.
Recognised for his many Classic winners, Paul has a reputation for the number and quality of his two-year-old runners. Paul's many successes include Generous, a horse who won the English Derby, Irish Derby and King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes. His Timeform rating is one of the highest ever achieved by any racehorse worldwide.
Royal Ascot is one of Whatcombe's best loved meetings; Paul has saddled 21 Royal Ascot winners and was leading trainer at the fixture in 1992. He is one of the most revered trainers at this meeting; recognition of his success is noted by his place on the Royal Ascot Roll of Honour for the most winners.
Oliver Cole has travelled the world in his career, forging relations in the bloodstock industry and working with top trainers and owners in Europe, Australia, Asia and the USA. He is now one of the first trainers to pioneer the use of the BHA's new co-licensing system and together with his wife Lucy, their two daughters, a loyal team of staff and valued owners, Oliver is busy making history of his own.