Robert has a strong grounding in horse racing being born into a long established racing family and spending his formative years apprenticed to Kevin Prendergast in Ireland. Following a successful period overseeing the horses of prominent owner Charles St George, he has spent several years gaining international experience as track rider in the US and under the tutelage of Bart Cummings in Australia.
Having been in charge of the two-year-olds at Peter Harris’ Pendley Farm for 12 years,
Robert has set up on his own and is now in his sixth season as a public trainer based at Heyward Place in Newmarket.
One part of the job Robert particularly enjoys is finding suitable new recruits at the Sales, especially if they can be purchased at a price that represents value to the owners. Horses that bear testament to his good judgement are Red Quartet, Rudi Five One, Donncha, Feeling Easy and Equimou to name but a few.
HEYWARD PLACE STABLES
Heyward Place Stables is situated in Newmarket at the tranquil end of Hamilton Road. It is a secure yard with electric gates and CCTV. There are twenty-four spacious stables, outside covered horse walker and four turn-out paddocks.
Heyward Place has immediate access to the Hamilton Hill Gallop and the rest of Newmarket's facilities with over 50 miles of turf gallops, all-weather gallops and canters; all are maintained to an exceptional standard by Jockey Club Estates on a daily basis. There are numerous vantage points around the heath to watch your horse being put through its paces.
To see the vast range of facilities available to trainers at Newmarket, please click the link underneath, which includes a beautiful video showcasing all that Newmarket has to offer.
Trainee rider / groom
Jess came to us after completing her course at the British Racing School last year. Although still learning, she has adapted well to the racing yard, loves the horses and is a kind, reliable member of staff.
You will always find her busy somewhere on the yard. Jane has a massive love for the horses, and you'll know they'll always be looked after to an A++ when she's around!
Whenever you visit the yard, Kate will be ready for a tour and a cup of coffee! She's on top of all of the practical stuff back home when the rest of us are out exercising the wild ponies.
Part time traveller
Sam lives and works in Chelmsford, but comes to ride out whenever she has a day off. She goes racing when possible and is a big help to the team!