Our Current Trainers
Nicolas Caullery – Based in Chantilly, France.
AT 37, NICOLAS CAULLERY CAN TAKE PRIDE IN HIS RISE TO SUCCESS: NOW HEAD OF A STABLE OF 60 HORSES IN CHANTILLY, HE STARTED BARELY 5 YEARS AGO WITH ONE HORSE, BELONGING TO ONE OWNER WHO BELIEVED IN HIM.
A LIFE-LONG PASSION
Originally from Northern France, Nicolas Caullery came to Chantilly at the age of 14. His father, a horse lover, took him to race tracks every weekend when he was young. “He had a hotel-restaurant with a PMU [French horse betting provider] sales point. My brothers and sisters and I have always been immersed in this world.” Nicolas was the only one to really get hooked on it, however. At the age of 10, he started riding racehorses. At 14, he began at the jockey apprentice school. “I had dreamed of being a jockey from a very young age, but nature decided otherwise,” he explained. And in fact, from the beginning of his adolescence, nature had plans for him to be a tall young man. “Actually, I was too heavy. So I redirected my attention to other activities. I worked in various race track stables where I had various responsibilities, and then I went to see how things were done abroad, in particular in Japan and the United States.” Having earned his Trainer License in 2009, in 2011 he decided to settle down somewhere.
He chose Chantilly. You could say that with 23 years of passion for horses and at 37 years of age, he has already come a long way… How many horses did he start with, just 5 years ago? “One,” he responds simply. “He belonged to an owner who supported me before I established myself, telling me he was going to help me. He kept his promise. We won one race, then bought a second horse. Then a second owner joined me, and I bought one horse myself….” And that’s how a beautiful story like this gets off to a running start, from scratch.
BECOMING A RESPECTED TRAINER
Today, with sixty horses and forty-some owners, Nicolas Caullery’s stable sees impressive results. Because when it comes to racing, success is only judged by one thing: results. “That’s all that counts,” confirms the young trainer, to whom the well-being of the horses is essential. “In a stable like this one, there is a high turnover rate,” he explains. And in fact, not all horses are made to be racing champions. Some are reformed or unfortunately get injured, leave on vacation or retire, whereas others are sold, and other new ones join the stable… “We make sure that they are all taken care of. It’s hard to be a racehorse; they didn’t ask for this. Here, those that leave are all placed somewhere in return for good care.”
A QUICK RISE TO THE TOP
But what are the keys to this kind of success? “We certainly had a bit of luck. That, too, is part of horse racing,” he acknowledges. “But also, we were there at the right time, it went well, we bought the right horses, participated in the right races, and got results.” Now, his is a name the big shots of the horse racing world trust, and he goes above and beyond to meet their expectations.
Jason Ward – Manor House Stables – Middleham, Yorkshire.
R Jay Ward Racing was established in 2010 by Jason Ward after he retired from a long and successful career as a jockey, work rider and assistant trainer.
Jason, who is son of famous Doncaster trainer Bob Ward and grandson to champion jockey Charlie Ward, has ridden more than 500 professional races in his career in all corners of the globe, including the UK, the Scandinavian Circuit, France and Germany. Even riding winners for Lester Piggott! He has also worked as a work rider in New York, Toronto and Los Angeles.
He started his training career as an assistant trainer to James Fanshawe in Newmarket, where he stayed for seven years working with numerous top class horses. He has also worked for some of the biggest stars in the racing world, including Criquette Head (France), Patrick Biancone (Los Angeles), Dave Bell (Toronto and New York), Mick O’Toole (Ireland), Peter Lautner (Germany) and also The Irish Cavalry. The year before he started his own operation he was head lad to Richard Whitaker, when the yard enjoyed its most successful year in more than 10 years.
Jason established his own training business in Middleham in July 2011, where he occupies the town’s most famous yard, Manor House Stables, otherwise known as the Dante Yard.
Dante, the last northern trained Derby winner, was foaled and raised at Manor House Stud but was trained at Manor House Stables, a historic plaque adorns his stable
Manor House Stables – colloquially known as the Dante Yard – is located in Middleham, North Yorkshire, the north’s premier training destination, in the shadow of Middleham Castle. It boasts stabling for 40 horses plus all facilities including: five acres of prime limestone pasture, all-weather lunge ring, horse walker, excellent access to gallops and schooling grounds etc.
The town is centrally located and within one hour’s drive of nine race courses. Middleham is steeped in racing history and folklore and currently home to 14 top trainers. It boasts world class facilities including grass and all-weather gallops and an extensive therapy centre.
Collectively, Middleham’s trainers have won more than 400 races each year for the past 38 years and every major race in the country has been won by a horse trained in the town.
The most famous of these is Dante – winner of the 1945 English Derby and last horse trained in the north to achieve the accolade.
Dante was bred by Sir Eric Ohlson at Manor House Stud in Middleham and trained at Manor House Stables. At age two he was undefeated in six races, notably winning the Coventry and Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket and at three triumphed in England’s most prestigious race, the Epsom Derby.
The Dante Stakes, which is run annually at York Racecourse, main Epson Derby trial, is named in his honour and a plaque commemorating his life can still be seen above his stable at Jason’s yard in Middleham today.