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About Owen

I was born into racing as my father had worked in it all his life. He was Head Lad for David Nicholson for 12 years & ran Martin Pipe’s 2nd yard for about 5 years also

I rode for 7 seasons as a conditional jockey, having over 500 rides & over 40 winners. Thankfully it looks like I’m a better trainer than I was a jockey!! 

Once I hung up my boots, I was assistant trainer for Sean Woods in Newmarket. Unfortunately, after about 7 months he moved to Hong Kong to train.

 

That was when I was very lucky to join Sir Michael Stoute, where I was his assistant for 12 seasons. During those 12 years I was very fortunate to work with some of the best thoroughbreds on the planet! 
Whilst there, Sir Michael had 3 Derby winners, an Arc De Triomphe winner, Breeders Cup winners & many other Group 1 winners (too many to mention!!).  My time there was invaluable, I learnt so much from Sir Michael. 


It was there that I first met Sheikh Hamdan. I built up a good working relationship with Angus Gold & Richard Hills over the years. When Sheikh Hamdan was looking for a private trainer I was asked if I’d be interested and the rest as they say is history!


I moved down to Lambourn at the beginning of 2015 where I had a year under the tuition of the legend, Barry Hills, with the plan for me to start training in 2016.

I have now held my trainers licence for 6 years and in that time we have had over 150 winners, including 10 at Group level & 3 Listed races. 


In 2020 I had my first Royal Ascot winner with Hukum. Massaat finish 2nd in the 2016 2000 Guineas & Talayeb was 4th in the 2017 1000 Guineas. We operate at a 18 to 19% strike rate.

I’ve been married to Lynn for 13 years and having 2 children, Cai who’s 12 and Emily who is 9. 
 

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