Born in 1966, Alan is a farmer’s son who has nurtured a passion for racing from an early age. As a teenager, he went to work at David Nicholson’s Condicote yard, where he soon became Assistant, a position Alan would keep until the ‘Duke’s’ retirement 15 years later.
It was in December 1999 that he took out his own licence at Jackdaws Castle, where he trained 31 winners in six months. These included Anzum, who won the Grade 1 Long Walk Hurdle at Ascot and Relkeel, winner of the Grade 2 Bonusprint Hurdle at Cheltenham.
On 1 June 2000, Alan moved to Barbury Castle, which has since been improved and expanded in the quest for more winners. He has trained 31 Grade 1 and 15 Cheltenham Festival winners including the likes of Champion Hurdler Katchit, Arkle and Stayers’ hero My Way De Solzen and Queen Mother and Arkle winner Voy Por Ustedes.
He has also made Barbury Castle into a home for his young family. Alan met his wife, Rachel, when they both worked for the ‘Duke’ and they were married in Antigua in 1997. They have a son Henry and a daughter Georgia.
“I am looking forward to training for One More Coin. I have known Steve for nearly 25 years ever since my days at Jackdaws Castle with the ‘Duke’. He is extremely enthusiastic when it comes to racing and we have had some fun over the years together, and may it continue.”
Some of Alan’s notable winners
|Sceau Royal||Henry VIII Novices’ Chase, Sandown||Grade 1|
|Yanworth||Liverpool Hurdle, Aintree||Grade 1|
|Yanworth||Christmas Hurdle, Kempton||Grade 1|
|Smad Place||Hennessy Gold Cup, Newbury||Grade 3|
|Annacoty||Paddy Power Gold Cup, Cheltenham||Grade 3|
|Uxizandre||Ryanair Chase, Cheltenham||Grade 1|
|Balder Succes||Ascot Chase, Ascot||Grade 1|
|Balder Succes||Maghull Novices’ Chase, Aintree||Grade 1|
|Grumeti||Anniversary 4-y-o Hurdle, Aintree||Grade 1|
|West End Rocker||Becher Chase, Aintree||Listed|
|Medermit||Scilly Isles Novices’ Chase, Sandown||Grade 1|
|Katchit||Champion Hurdle, Cheltenham||Grade 1|
|Voy Por Ustedes||Melling Chase, Aintree||Grade 1|
|Blazing Bailey||World Series Hurdle, Punchestown||Grade 1|
|Katchit Triumph||Hurdle, Cheltenham||Grade 1|
|My Way De Solzen||Arkle Trophy, Cheltenham||Grade 1|
|My Way De Solzen||Stayers’ Hurdle, Cheltenham||Grade 1|
|Voy Por Ustedes||Arkle Trophy, Cheltenham||Grade 1|
|Penzance||Triumph Hurdle, Cheltenham||Grade 1|
|Primitivo||King George V, Royal Ascot||Heritage Handicap|
|Grumeti||Cesarewitch, Newmarket||Heritage Handicap|
|Shipmaster||Sagaro Stakes||Group 3|
|Levera||The Merrion Stakes, York||Listed|