More Turf Racing was set up by three people with sporting and equine backgrounds, who have a passion to make the enjoyment and excitement of racehorse ownership more affordable and inclusive.
A support team of experienced trainers like Tom Dascombe at Michael Owen’s Manor House Stables in Cheshire, Ben Haslam at Castle Hill Stables and Karl Burke at Spigot Lodge Stables, both in Middleham, North Yorkshire and Archie Watson at Saxon Gate Stables in Lambourn, West Berkshire, ensure More Turf Racing is set up for success.
More Turf Racing differs from other horse racing syndicates. Passionate about the horse's well-being, every effort is made to ensure they are happy and healthy during and after their racing careers. More Turf Racing have experience retraining thoroughbreds for other roles after racing, whether that’s happy hacking or top level eventing. Thoroughbreds are very intelligent and athletic animals who love working however little or large that job may be. All the horses are treated by top vets and receive the very best care. Their welfare is always a priority.
And it's not just the horses that are treated exceptionally well - so are the owners! The Directors of More Turf Racing get to know every shareholder personally and continually provide regular news and updates about their horses. Once a month everyone meets for lunch at the horse's yard to ensure owners are kept in the loop. As well enjoying the racing, owners get to go behind the scenes to enjoy the social side of racehorse ownership.
More Turf Racing can help with tickets for race days too, even the races your horse isn’t running in. The syndicate can organise a great day out for you and your guests at any of the top races. Members are encouraged to get together at all types of race meeting whether that’s hospitality at Royal Ascot or the Owners and Trainers lounge at Wolverhampton!
To find out more and enquire how you could become part of the More Turf Racing syndicate please CLICK HERE
Professional footballer Jack Cork has represented England at under 16, under 19, under 21 and full international, as well as being part of the 2012 GB Olympic team. Jack started his career at Chelsea aged 9 and has played for Southampton, Swansea City and Burnley in the English Premier League and Europa League with over 300 first team appearances.
Jack is the son of former Wimbledon striker and FA cup winner Alan Cork, and was one of only a handful of outfield players to appear in every minute of every Premier League game for his club during the 2017-2018 season.
Freya Cork’s passion for horses started with riding lessons aged 7. A few years later she started working at her local yard, before owning her first horse. Freya competed in local show jumping classes, cross country and dressage events, at the same time as learning about the care and well-being of the animals. She is still close to many of the friends she met during her early equine adventures.
Freya met her husband Jack while studying at university. She still rides today, has three of her own horses, and has recently started competing again after the birth of her second child.
Premier League striker Chris Wood was born in Auckland New Zealand. He has been capped over 50 times for their national team and appeared at the 2010 FIFA World Cup Finals. He started his career in his homeland before joining West Bromwich Albion. Chris moved to Leicester City in 2015, and was Leeds United’s top goal scorer in the 2016-17 season before joining Burnley for a club record fee in 2018. Sport runs in the family: Chris’ older sister Chelsey is also an accomplished footballer and has represented New Zealand under 20s at the 2008 U20 Women's World Cup in Chile and the 2010 U20 Women's World Cup in Germany.
“I’m Tom Dascombe and my mission is to make Manor House Stables the most successful flat training yard in the country. I believe that our fresh and innovative approach, the abilities and experience of our staff and jockeys, together with the investment from my partners, Michael Owen and Andrew Black, will enable this vision to be realised.
I seek to provide a really top-class service to my owners but also believe that ownership should be as enjoyable and memorable as possible That’s why it really pleases me that there has been such a great atmosphere around the Yard again this year. It is fantastic that we have had so many visits from owners, their friends and families and we really enjoy showing off the excellent facilities Manor House Stables has to offer. I know from all the comments that owners appreciate the hard work of the team here and that owners value discussing their horses with the work riders. We work hard to ensure that owners are kept fully up to date with all the latest news and I am very proud of our excellent website and whilst I am pleased to celebrate the successes of this year I am working hard to ensure that next our improvement continues apace.”
Tom Dascombe appointed Colin as his Assistant Trainer at Manor House Stables in 2009 and the two have forged a strong partnership, which has been the cornerstone of the yard’s success. Colin and Tom first met in the late 90’s when starting their new jobs in Lambourn as assistants to John Hills and Ralph Beckett respectively. Colin is part of a family steeped in racing. His brother Jim trains at the Curragh and his other brother, Tony, has been with Richard Hannon for 30 years and is now Senior Head Lad.
Special care is taken to prepare the horses for a race event. An average training session will last an hour and a half each day, but it is vital the horses get the right amount of training. They can’t be overtrained since anything too strenuous will tire them out because of how much energy they expend; yet if they are under-trained, this could lead to cramps, strains and injuries during an event.
Manor House is closed between noon and 4pm so the horses can rest. One of the best forms of relaxation for them is the Equine Spa, which features a special horse ‘jacuzzi’ and swimming pool for both rehabilitation and fitness.
Ex-footballer Michael and his business partner Andrew Black (co-founder of Betfair) own Manor House Stables, in Cheshire. Born in Chester Michael began his senior career at Liverpool in 1996. He was joint top scorer in his first full season in the Premier League and repeated this the following year. He was Liverpool's top goal scorer from 1997–2004. In 2001, Liverpool won a cup treble of the UEFA Cup, FA Cup and Football League Cup, and he was the recipient of the Ballon d'Or.
Michael moved to Real Madrid in 2004 before returning to England the following season to join Newcastle United. After a promising start to the 05–06 season, injuries ruled him out for 18 months. On his return he was the team's top scorer for the 07–08 season. Michael moved to Manchester United in 2009 before joining Stoke City 3 years later. He is one of seven players to have scored 150 or more goals in the Premier League. He's also the youngest player to have reached 100 goals in the Premier League. In March 2013, Michael announced his retirement from playing which gave him the opportunity to concentrate on another one of his passions, horse racing.
Ben Haslam took over the reins of Castle Hill Stables from his father, Patrick Haslam in 2010 at the young age of 25. Since then Ben has sent out over 50 winners from the yard, both Flat and National Hunt He moved to Middleham at the age of 6, watching his father gain huge success during this time. During a brief spell in the saddle as an amateur, he rode 5 winners from 25 rides (before height and weight put a stop to that!).
After leaving school, Ben gained further experience, travelling to South Africa during his gap year to work with top trainer Joey Ramsden before achieving a place on Sheikh Mohammed’s highly acclaimed Darley Flying Start scholarship. This took him around the world, including the Curragh in Ireland, Kentucky in America, Sydney in Australia and Godolphin in Dubai. Ben spent time with Sir Michael Stoute in Newmarket before finishing his course in 2006, where he returned to Middleham and worked as Assistant Trainer to his father, Patrick, for 3 years. Since starting training Ben has gone from strength to strength, with 2017 being his best year to date, with 11 winners on the flat, 4 winners over jumps and record prize money under both codes.
Karl met Elaine Jarvis, daughter of trainer Alan while at school. They later married and had two girls Kelly and Lucy. He rode his first winner for Alan Jarvis in an apprentice race at Hamilton on The Britisher. Always likely to be too heavy for the Flat he switched codes to jump racing, and went on to gain 50 winners from 750 rides. Later his interests turned to training. Karl and Elaine set up a livery and pre-training yard in Newark where they broke young stock in. It was here they started training a small string of both flat and jump horses. The family then moved to Broadway near Cheltenham where they rented a yard, with much more space, from Michael Berrow the manager of pop group Duran Duran.
As the string of horses increased Karl made the decision to move to Ginge in 1990 where he enjoyed further success and in 1998 he moved to High Havens Stables on Hamilton Road in Newmarket. In 2000 Karl and his family bought Spigot Lodge, which is ideally situated between the famous Middleham High and Low moor gallops in North Yorkshire and is steeped in racing history. Karl has now trained there for over fifteen years and has built up the yard to care for over 100 horses.
Archie Watson has spent his whole life around thoroughbreds. He grew up near Lambourn, the Valley of the Racehorse, and started riding out at the yard of Charlie Morlock as soon as he was old enough. After holiday stints with Alan King and Paul Webber and a summer with Graham Motion in the USA, his heart was already set on training racehorses.
On leaving school in 2007, Archie spent time working first at Shadwell Stud in Norfolk before completing a stud season at historic Windsor Park Stud in New Zealand. He spent bloodstock sale seasons working for leading consultancy Blandford Bloodstock and then travelled to South Africa. There he successfully managed a satellite yard for two seasons based in Summerveld, Kwa-Zulu Natal for leading trainer Alec Laird, handler of South African racing legend London News. After a six month spell in California shadowing trainer Simon Callaghan, who was at the time overseeing top class Grade 1 winner Belle Royale, Archie could not resist the lure of returning to the UK in 2012 when he was offered the unique opportunity to become assistant to leading English trainer William Haggas.
Set in 160 acres of Cheshire countryside and converted from a cattle barn by ex Liverpool, Real Madrid and Manchester United striker, Michael Owen and his wife Louise, Manor House opened for business in 2007 as a training yard with 30 horses.
By May 2009, improvements to the facilities meant it had grown to accommodate 90 horses with an impressive lounge for owners, a brand new office and superb hostel accommodation for the staff. With further expansion in 2012 and continued investment in state of the art facilities, Manor House Stables continues to go from strength to strength.
Michael says: "My main passions in life have always been my family and football, but I suppose a close third, is horse racing. The joy of owning a racehorse is indescribable, from buying them as youngsters, watching them develop and seeing their first visit to a racecourse. I have owned horses for many years and whenever I have time off, you‘ll find me down at the stables!"
Situated alongside the castle in the historic racing town of Middleham, in the beautiful Wensleydale area of North Yorkshire. Middleham is the true centre of British horseracing with 9 of the UK’s racecourses within an hour of the stables, including York, Newcastle and Wetherby, there is no better place to own a racehorse.
The yard was renovated in 2009, and now consists of 35 boxes and two large, loose barns and a horse walker. Ben is also very fortunate to have plenty of paddock space for the horses, allowing many of them to be turned out in the summer during the day.
Castle Hill Stables is located exceptionally close to Middleham's wonderful gallop facilities, which has a multitude of all-weather and grass canters to choose from, as well as schooling fences and starting stalls which are available for use throughout the year.
Situated between Middleham’s High and Low moor gallops, Spigot Lodge has a seven furlong uphill polytrack and a four furlong warm-up track as well as a grass gallop on Low Moor. High Moor has a one mile four furlongs carpet gallop as well as some superb grass gallops, with a set of stalls leading out onto one of the grass gallops.
Two American barns, another walker along with a trotting/cantering ring and three lunge pits have been added as part of ongoing developments. This included another 32 stables, making a superb facility for breaking in young horses. It also comes in very handy during the winter. A new staff house with seven bedrooms and another barn that features ten stables are all part of the continued investment that ensures Spigot Lodge is one of the best equipped horse racing stables in the North of England. A covered ride has been recently finished which is a massive asset to the yard for days when the weather isn't kind.
Set in the heart of historic Upper Lambourn, home to so many household names of the turf, Saxon Gate is just a stone’s throw away from over 500 acres of superb training grounds which are maintained by Jockey Club Estates to an exceptionally high standard. There is an extensive range of excellent artificial and grass gallops in close proximity to suit any horse and yet Saxon Gate also provides a secluded and safe environment for horses. In recent years, the yard has been home to champions such as Piccolo and Bint Allayl.
Combining beautiful stable buildings, both period and contemporary, with a horse walker, lunging ring and excellent paddocks, this really is a wonderful environment for horses in training.
Flat races are run 'on the level’ and don't feature any obstacles. Races are held under conditions with eligibility based on the sex, age or ability of the horse over a variety of distances from 5 furlongs to over 2 miles.
The Flat Racing season runs from the day of the Lincoln Handicap at Doncaster Races in late March/early April till the November Handicap in late October/early November. This is the official flat season, but the winter flat season runs for the rest of the year. Examples of flat races include: Classics, Group and listed races, Maidens and Handicaps.
The majority of flat races in the UK are run on grass, but some are run on 'all weather' tracks or synthetic surfaces. These courses are called 'all weather' because the materials they are made of have better drainage than turf. These surfaces allow racing to continue when it might otherwise be cancelled due to frost or frozen ground.
There are 35 racecourses in the UK that stage flat racing, the highlights of the season include the Guineas Festival, the Derby Festival and Royal Ascot.
Jump racing’s official name is National Hunt racing, a reference to its origins. Jump races feature obstacles for the horse and jockey to jump. These can be small ones known as hurdles or large ones known as fences. While it occurs all year round, it traditionally takes place in the Spring, Autumn, and Winter.
The horses tend to be older than flat racing horses. They look bigger and more developed than the finer, more elegant flat horses. Known as hurdlers and chasers, these horses may have run on the flat in the past or have been bred specifically for jump racing and bought into training later.
Races are held over a variety of distances from 2 to 4 and a half miles and under certain conditions with eligibility based on the sex, age or ability of the horse. Some races may be restricted to amateur or less experienced jockeys, known as conditionals. Examples of jump races include: Bumpers, Hurdle races, Steeplechases and Handicaps.
There are 40 courses in the UK that stage jump racing. The highlights of jump racing include the Cheltenham Festival in March and the Grand National Festival in April.
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Owned and managed by Freya and Jack Cork, who are two of the partners in More Turf Racing. The company not only deals in thoroughbreds but also other top quality sporting horses. They have a wealth of experience within the racing industry concentrating on flat race horses. The business has high expectations for expansion in the coming years with hand picked broodmares from superior bloodlines.
Freya and Jack have excellent contacts and knowledge gained through experience with studs, pre training, training, rehabilitation and after racing care. This well funded company has already had racing success with horses from Arden Bloodstock entering the winners enclosure.
Horse welfare is always a top priority and the very best first class Vetenary care is always given. They have recently expanded outside the racing industry into other equestrian disciplines and have even had success with former racehorses going eventing. Arden Bloodstock is a very exciting and modern company that holds a unique and special bond with all of their horses.
For more information call Freya: 07584 257716
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