|Graham Lodge Stables
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Graham Lodge, ideally located on Birdcage Walk close to all of the major training grounds and both the July course and the Rowley Mile course, has immediate access to the Racecourse Side gallops. The training establishment has always had close links with its near neighbour Trillium Place, and it is likely that at one point, probably at the start of the 20th century, that all of the land on which Graham Place, Trillium Place and Newmarket Tennis Club stand was owned by the same person, most likely Henry James King. Today Graham Lodge is run by the Margarson family, headed up by George Margarson.
1808-1876 William Graham
William Graham was born in Dufton Wood, Westmoreland in 1808 and was a successful wrestler in the 1820s and early 1830s. He made his money from Nicholson's gin distillery where he entered into a partnership with William Nicholson. In the early 1850s he worked as a 'rectifying distiller' at St John's Road, Clerkenwell, London, but by 1855 he had moved to 8 Highbury Place, London. He married Elizabeth, the couple having 4 children, William born in 1855, Thomas born in 1858, John born in 1860 and Henry born in 1862. William enjoyed his racing, often running his horses under various pseudonyms, including G Jones, G G Kenwick and J G Hessey, as it was thought to be inadvisable, for business purposes, for his name to be directly connected with the turf. When his horses did carry his colours, green, with black belt and green cap, he was highly successful, winning the 1865 Epsom Oaks with Regalia (SR 1904) when trained by William Harlock at Graham Place, although arguably his most successful horse was Formosa (SR 2076) who won the 1868 English Fillies Triple Crown as well as dead-heating with Moslem in the 2000 Guineas. When William Harlock retired, Graham moved his horses to Beckampton to be trained by Henry Woolcott, where he enjoyed immediate sparkling success with the filly Formosa. Graham also owned his own stud, where he bred many of his own two-year-olds. In 1869, in a ten-day period in May his two-year-olds Captivator, Astolfo, Cestus, High Church, Titulus and Gamos won 9 races between them. He later won another classic in 1870 when Gamos won the Epsom Oaks when partnered by George Fordham. William Graham died on 19th January 1876.
1865 Epsom Oaks REGALIA (SR 1904) 20/1 owned by William Graham, trained by William Harlock and ridden by John Norman.
1868 1000 Guineas FORMOSA (SR 2076) 10/11 fav owned by William Graham, trained by Henry Woolcott and ridden by George Fordham
1868 2000 Guineas FORMOSA (SR 2076) 3/1 (dead-heated with Moslem (SR 1965)) owned by William Graham, trained by Henry Woolcott and ridden by George Fordham
1868 Epsom Oaks FORMOSA (SR 2076) 8/11 fav owned by William Graham, trained by Henry Woolcott and ridden by George Fordham
1868 St Leger FORMOSA (SR 2076) 100/30 owned by William Graham, trained by Henry Woolcott and ridden by Tom Chaloner
1870 Epsom Oaks GAMOS (SR 1888) 100/7 owned by William Graham, trained by Henry Woolcott and ridden by George Fordham
1870 Ascot Gold Cup SABINUS 100/60 owned by J G Hessey (aka William Graham), trained by Henry Woolcott and ridden by R Rowell
1871 Cambridgeshire SABINUS 33/1 owned by G G Keswick (aka William Graham), trained by Henry Woolcott and ridden by George Fordham
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For over 4 centuries racing has been staged in Newmarket, but how have the racecourses evolved from an initial starting point at Fleam Dyke Pumping Station, some 8 miles from the town, with a winning post barely 200 metres from the town centre, into two world recognized, excellent racecourses and a universal acceptance that Newmarket is the Headquarters of racing?
To access an interactive racecourse map showing over 50 individually named racecourses CLICK HERE. The map will enable you to:-
1. Determine when extended races over 8 miles, 6 miles and 4 miles began to be replaced by the courses now visited by thousands annually;
2. Consider how the challenge of crossing the Devil's Dyke was overcome;
3. Contemplate why the town no longer has a steeplechase course despite having at least 5 courses during the past 2 centuries;
4. Examine the practicalities of having up to 48 starting posts and winning posts;
5. Appreciate that it was not financially viable to have an open racecourse spread widely across the heath, with a finishing post barely 200 metres from the town centre;
6. Research how and why the Cambridgeshire Handicap has been contested over 3 different courses.
NOTE: The map does not make mention of 2 particular courses:-
(i) Sefton Course (also known as the Cambridge Road Course)
Source: 1970 Raceform. Used from 1959 to 1975.
(ii) New Circular Course
The Circular Handicap was run on Friday 29th October 1875 on the New Circular Course of about two miles.
Source: London Standard (30th October 1875): ''the horses started near the Turn of the Lands, ran back way of the Cambridgeshire Course towards the Ditch, and afterwards proceeded down the side of the Tan Gallop, and turned into the Rowley Mile near the Bretby Stakes starting post, finishing at the stand at the end of the flat. Except in the hollow near the Cambridgeshire start the runners should have been visible all the way if the sky had been bright and clear''.
Another report hoped that the Circular Handicap would become a feature in future programmes, as it would be contested in front of the new grandstand which would be completed in about a year and would be able to accommodate thousands.
(I am grateful to Tim Cox for bringing attention to these 2 courses.)
Enjoy researching the intriguing history of Newmarket and its many racecourses.
July 1861-Spring 1870 William Harlock
William Harlock, born in 1809, was for many years the trainer at Exeter House Stables for Cecil Brownlow, 2nd Marquess of Exeter. During his time at Exeter House he trained Stockwell (SR 2063) to win the 1852 2000 Guineas and St Leger, as well as the Great Yorkshire Stakes. In July 1861 he moved from Exeter House Stables to Graham Place, close to the Cambridgeshire finishing post. His greatest triumph during his time at Graham Place was guiding the filly Regalia (SR 1904) to an unexpected 20/1 success in the 1865 Epsom Oaks for owner William Graham. In September 1866 Lord Glasgow sent a string of 22 horses, previously trained by Jem Godding, to be trained at Graham Place by William Harlock. On his retirement William Harlock moved to Mill Hill, Newmarket St Mary, and he died aged 64 on Wednesday 20th August 1873.
1865 Epsom Oaks REGALIA (SR 1904) 20/1 owned by William Graham, trained by William Harlock and ridden by John Norman.
1870-1894 Thomas Brown
Thomas Brown, a contemporary of legendary Newmarket trainers the Dawsons, Tom Jennings, the Bloss brothers and Gilbert, trained at Graham Place for a considerable time from Spring 1870, having begun at Lambourn. During his most successful period he employed Fred Webb as his stable jockey and in 1869 they won the Cesarewitch with Cherie for principal owner Mr R C Naylor. In 1883 Kelly's Directory records Thomas Brown as the trainer in Graham House. Memorable successes in his Time at Graham Place included the Middle Park twice in 1873 and 1874, the 1873 Champagne Stakes, the 1879 Craven and the Royal Hunt Cup. His head lad for many years was Jack Hornsby, a relative by marriage, who began to train at Royston in 1886.Tom retired after selling Graham Place to Alf Sadler in July 1894 and, towards the end of his life, moved to Waterloo Lodge and died whilst on a visit to London on Thursday 3rd September 1896.
|I am grateful to Ordnance Survey (© Crown Copyright) for permission to use the 1836 map shown above. Graham Lodge is 3
|1868 Cesarewitch CHERIE owned by Mr R C Naylor, trained by Thomas Brown and ridden by Fred Webb
1879 Middle Park Plate BEAUDESERT owned by Lord Anglesey, trained by Thomas Brown
1884 Lincoln Handicap TONANS (5/1 fav) owned by Mr J W Smith, trained by Thomas Brown and ridden by C Wood
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July 1894-1901 Alf Sadler senior
Alfred Brettle Sadler senior, grandson of Isaac Sadler who won the 1833 Epsom Derby with Dangerous, began his training career in Rottingdean, training horses for Lord St Vincent and Mr W Bevill. He moved to Stockbridge House in 1872, where one of his best early horses was Barford, later renamed Reputation. His principal patrons whilst at Stockbridge House were Lord Hastings, Lord Cholmondeley, Honourable F Lambton and Hon George Lambton. Indeed, it was a horse trained by Alf Sadler which provided George Lambton with his first ride in the Grand National in 1885 on Lioness. Another notable future racing character to be guided by Alf Sadler was Fred Rickaby who started his apprenticeship with Alf at Stockbridge House. Alf had 4 sons and a daughter, Gladys, who married jockey and trainer Joe Cannon. His sons all forged a career in racing, training horses. In October 1885 Alfred Brettle Sadler was installed as Lord Durham's trainer at Primrose Cottage Stables. In May 1894 Lord Durham moved his horses to be trained by Captain Lambton, which left Sadler with a very small string of horses owned by Mr R H Coombs. He moved to Graham Place in July 1894, which had become vacant due to the retirement of trainer Thomas Brown, who died 2 years later. In 1898 he landed an interesting double when Dynamo won both the Alington Plate and the Longstock Plate on the same day at Stockbridge, just a few months before the course closed for good. Alf later returned to Stockbridge House, continuing to train there until 1923, and died there on Thursday 24th January 1929 aged 82.
1898 Dyke Plate at Newmarket PISA 1/3 fav owned by Mr R H Combe, trained by Alf Sadler and ridden by Fred Rickaby
1898 Alington Plate at Stockbridge DYNAMO 9/4 owned by Mr R H Combe, trained by Alf Sadler and ridden by Fred Rickaby
1898 Longstock Plate at Stockbridge DYNAMO 11/10 fav owned by Mr R H Combe, trained by Alf Sadler and ridden by Fred Rickaby
1899 Dee Stand Handicap at Chester HAZLEBUN 5/2 fav owned by Mr R H Combe, trained by Alf Sadler and ridden by Fred Rickaby
1902-1920 Henry James King
Henry James King, born in America on 12th May 1849, made his fortune from diamond mining in Kimberley, South Africa where he was a diamond merchant. He married Maud Harriet King, and they had three children. Their daughter, Muriel Ryder, born in 1891, died in 1921, and was buried in Ware, while one of their sons Nathaniel died in action during the First World War on 21st February 1915. Their third child, Herbert Ryder-King, was born in Kimberley on 26th June 1889. In 1902 Henry and Maud purchased Graham House and Graham Place, and built a new Graham House in 1903. At that time it is not known the full extent of his stables, whether it encompassed the present day Graham Place and Trillium Place, and whether there were further stables on what today is Newmarket Tennis Club. Later, in 1913 he bought Poles Park country house in Ware, Hertfordshire where he built a new racing stable and a nine-hole golf course. Henry employed Felix Leach as his trainer throughout the early years of the 20th century, but Henry died on 18th July 1920 aged 71, while his wife Maud died in 1933, the pair being buried in Newmarket Town Cemetery. Amazingly, Muriel was exhumed from her first resting place in Ware, and reburied in Newmarket. In his will he left £750,000 gross, equivalent in 2020 to £34 million.
|1902-1929 Felix Leach
Graham Lodge Stables is located on Birdcage Walk in the CB8 0NE district of Newmarket, ideally situated just a short walk from the famous Rowley Mile racecourse. In July 1906 the Sporting Life listed all of the Newmarket Stables together with their respective trainers, showing Felix Leach at Graham House. Felix had a good grounding in the racing industry, acting as assistant to the legendary Mat Dawson at Heath House Stables. Legend has it that when he was 18 years old Felix Leach visited his brother in Newmarket where his brother was a vet. He was curious and inquisitive, and wandered onto the heath to view the horses. He spotted a horse which he thought stood out from the others and asked the person standing next to him what the name of the impressive horse was. The horse was St Simon and the person standing next to him was Mat Dawson. This was the beginning of a long working relationship, culminating in Felix Leach becoming a trainer after serving as assistant to Mat Dawson. In 1884 St Simon won the Ascot Gold Cup, the Goodwood Cup and Epsom Gold Cup. At the start of the 20th century Felix, who had been training at Stockbridge House between 1895 and 1901, took over at Graham Place, training predominantly for Henry James King.
1903 Bury Handicap at Newmarket ORCHID 2/1 fav owned by Henry James King, trained by Felix Leach senior and ridden by Herbert Jones
1905 Findon Stakes at Goodwood, LIGHT O'DAY 4/11 fav owned by Henry James King, trained by Felix Leach and ridden by Herbert Jones
1905 Chichester Plate at Goodwood MELAYR 9/2 owned by Colonel Kincaid-Smith, trained by Felix Leach and ridden by Danny Maher
1905 Bretby Handicap MELAYR 100/12 owned by Colonel Kincaid-Smith, trained by Felix Leach and ridden by Herbert Jones
1909 Goodwood Cup CARROUSEL owned by Mr H J King, trained by Felix Leach senior and ridden by Charles Trigg
1910 Goodwood Cup MAGIC owned by Mr H Beddington, trained by Felix Leach senior and ridden by Fred Rickaby junior
1911 Payne Stakes at Newmarket LONGBOAT 7/1 trained by Felix Leach and ridden by Herbert Jones
1911 Stewards Cup BRAXTED 25/1 owned by Mr T R Dewar, trained by Felix Leach senior and ridden by Fred Winter
1913 Bedford 2-y-o Stakes at Newmarket SPHERE-OF-INFLUENCE 4/1 owned by Sir W Cooke, trained by Felix Leach and ridden by Arthur Whalley
1913 Abington Plate at Newmarket HORNET'S BEAUTY 1/25 fav owned by Sir W Cooke, trained by Felix Leach and ridden by E H Martin
1919 Prince of Wales's Nursery Handicap at Doncaster FIREWORK 9/1 owned by Lord Anglesey, trained by Felix Leach and ridden by Arthur Whalley
1919 New Stakes at Royal Ascot ORPHEUS 7/1 owned by Hugo Cunliffe-Owen, trained by Felix Leach and ridden by Felix Leach junior
1919 Hurst Stakes at Hurst Park MOUNT ROYAL 9/4 fav owned by Hugo Cunliffe-Owen, trained by Felix Leach and ridden by Felix Leach junior
1920 Champion Stakes ORPHEUS owned by Hugo Cunliffe-Owen, trained by Felix Leach senior and ridden by Felix Leach junior
1921 Champion Stakes ORPHEUS owned by Hugo Cunliffe-Owen, trained by Felix Leach senior and ridden by Felix Leach junior
1930-1945 Captain Herbert Ryder-King, Felix Leach snr
Captain Herbert Ryder-King, born in Kimberley on 26th June 1889, inherited Graham House/Place on the death of his father in 1920 and his mother in 1933. He served in the 4th Battalion Durham Light Infantry during the First World War, but lost his brother Nathaniel in the War in 1915, while his sister Muriel died in 1921. Felix Leach snr continued to train for him and was joined by his son Jack Leach who assisted his father from time to time.
1930-May 1950 Felix Leach snr, Jack Leach
John Edward 'Jack' Leach, son of Felix Leach senior, enjoyed a short, but successful riding career riding for Harry Leader's stable where he partnered Diomedes to victory in the 1925 July Cup, Nunthorpe Stakes and King's Stand Stakes, repeating the July Cup victory in 1926. Arguably he reached the pinnacle of his career in 1927 when riding Adam's Apple (SR 1983) to victory in the 2000 Guineas. In 1928 he married Elizabeth 'Betty' Darling, daughter of Newmarket trainer Sam Darling. When his weight became too much for him to continue as a jockey he turned to training; early owners included the tobacco magnate Sidney Beer and the famous dancer Fred Astaire. He saddled Figaro, who he also owned, to win the 1934 Stewards Cup and Ayr Gold Cup. He served during the War, resuming his training career once the War ended. In May 1950 all of the horses he trained were transferred to Queensberry Lodge to be trained by his brother Chubb.
1932 Glasgow Plate at Hamilton Park MILLIBET evens fav owned by Mr E Baron, trained by Jack Leach and ridden by G Baines
1933 Gorleston Spring Handicap NICK THE GREEK 5/4 fav owned and trained by Jack Leach and ridden by Henri Jelliss
1933 Spring Hall Plate at Newmarket FIGARO 11/10 fav owned and trained by Jack Leach and ridden by Henri Jelliss
1934 Stewards Cup at Glorious Goodwood FIGARO 100/7 owned and trained by Jack Leach and ridden by Tommy Weston
1934 Ayr Gold Cup FIGARO 7/2 owned and trained by Jack Leach and ridden by Henri Jelliss
1936 Cleveland Handicap at Doncaster STRAIGHT DEAL 20/1 owned by Mr N S Erleigh, trained by Jack Leach and ridden by K Robertson
1947 Bedford 2-y-o Stakes at Newmarket DELIRIUM 3/1 fav trained by Jack Leach and ridden by Charlie Smirke
1948 Molecomb Stakes INTEGRITY 7/2 trained by Jack Leach and ridden by Charlie Smirke
1949 Tattersalls Sale Stakes at Doncaster TURN A PENNY 100/30 trained by Jack Leach and ridden by Michael Beary
1949 Crawfurd Handicap at Newmarket DELIRIUM 7/4 trained by Jack Leach and ridden by Michael Beary
pre-1963 Bernard Van Cutsem
Bernard Henry Richard Harcourt Van Cutsem, born on 23rd January 1916, was the son of Henry Harcourt Van Cutsem and Eleanor Mary Josephine Southwell Trafford. Bernard was educated at Jesus College, Cambridge before taking up the post of Second Lieutenant in the Life Guards during the Second World War. He then bred horses at Northmore Farm, Exning and rented Graham Place, where his first jockey was Eph Smith, during which time Bernard was seriously ill and had to be hospitalised. In August 1960 John Winter, brother of ex-champion National Hunt rider and trainer Fred Winter, took charge of Van Cutsem's 23 horses when Bernard had to undergo a serious operation. Van Cutsem was in charge at Graham Place until the end of the 1963 season, after which time Paddy O'Gorman moved in. Van Cutsem then leased Stanley House Stables as a public trainer, something which had been done before for a 5-year period by George Colling. Bernard enjoyed tremendous success at Stanley House, training High Top (SR 2030) to win the 1972 2000 Guineas, Park Top to win the 1969 Coronation Cup and Hardwicke Stakes, Sharpen Up to win the 1971 Middle Park Stakes, and Karabas to win the 1970 Hardwicke Stakes. He was married, and divorced, twice and died on 8th December 1975 aged just 59.
1960 Standard Hill Handicap at Nottingham KABALE 2/1 jt fav owned and trained by Bernard Van Cutsem and ridden by Eph Smith
1961 Fairhurst Nursery Handicap at Newbury FIRCONE 3/1 owned and trained by Bernard Van Cutsem and ridden by Eph Smith
1961 Union Jack Stakes at Aintree SEAM 5/1 owned and trained by Bernard Van Cutsem and ridden by Eph Smith
1963 Ridge Way Handicap at Newbury TURF 11/4 owned and trained by Bernard Van Cutsem and ridden by Eph Smith
1963-1969 Paddy O'Gorman
William Gerard O'Gorman, universally known as Paddy, was born in County Cork, Ireland on 27th May 1913 and travelled across to England in 1934. He transferred to Newmarket after the War to work with Robert 'Jack' Colling, son of the famous trainer Robert Weston Colling, although he had never previously been involved in a formal racing environment, but he proved himself to be an accomplished horseman and was soon put in charge of Colling's Scaltback Stud. He started breaking in yearlings on his own account at Oaks Lodge before moving to Harraton Stables in Exning, and then next door at Harraton Lodge. In 1953 Paddy successfully applied for a trainer's license, and did well with a small string, winning the 1958 Newbury Spring Cup with Nicholas Nickleby, the 1958 Stewards Cup with Epaulette, and the 1958 King's Stand Stakes with Drum Beat owned by Jack Gerber. Gerber's racing manager Dick Whitford played a significant role in establishing Timeform along with mathematician Phil Bull. Paddy briefly lived in Shalfleet Cottage until the main house was ready in 1959, selling Shalfleet Cottage to John Powney in that year. John Powney already owned Saville House Stables in St Mary's Square, although he let them to Pat Moore, trainer of Passenger and Lizawake. During his time at Shalfleet, from 1959 to early 1963, Paddy trained 1961 Northumberland Plate winner Utrillo, 1961 Britannia Stakes winner Firewalker, and another 1963 King's Stand Stakes winner Majority Rule. He moved to Graham Place later in 1963, where his most successful horse was Golden Horus, who won the 1966 Gimcrack Stakes in the hands of Joe Mercer. A year later Paddy suffered multiple injuries in a car crash in 1967 which likely contributed to his early death just two years later. He died in Newmarket in June 1969, aged 56, and the stables were taken over by his son Bill.
1966 Gimcrack Stakes GOLDEN HORUS 7/1 owned by Mrs Dorothy Solomon, trained by Paddy O'Gorman and ridden by Joe Mercer
1969-1988 Bill O'Gorman
In 1969 a 21-year old trainer, Bill O'Gorman, born on 22nd March 1948, launched his training career as the youngest trainer in the United Kingdom at the time after his father Paddy O'Gorman had died. He was granted a licence to ride on the flat as a trainer. He first rode as an amateur jockey on 22nd August 1964 at Lingfield aboard the unplaced Crown Derby, but he had to wait almost a year before riding his first winner, Tudor Summer at Kempton on 13th July 1965. In August 1966 Bill won the Moet & Chandon Silver Magnum, the 'Amatuer Riders Derby' at Epsom aboard Suvretta (6/1) when just 18 years old. It was a tactical triumph for Bill, making all of the running over the gradients of the full Epsom Derby course. In 1966, having completed his compulsory education, he was offered a place at Warwick University to read History, but chose to pursue a career in racing. He repeated his success in the Moet & Chandon Silver Magnum in 1968 when partnering Double Quick, the 9/4 favourite. During his time at Graham Place he was renowned for training 2-year-olds, in particular guiding Provideo to 16 successes from his 23 races in a season in 1980, a feat equalled again by Bill in 1990 with Timeless Times by which time he had transferred to Seven Springs Stables. This feat equalled the 16 successes, from 16 runs as a 2-year-old, of The Bard, a late 19th century horse owned by Robert Peck and Owen Williams, and ridden by Robert Peck. The Bard won the 1885 Brocklesby Stakes, and went on to further successes as a three-year-old, winning 23 of his 25 races in his career, which included the 1886 Goodwood Cup and Doncaster Cup. Between 1969 and 1988 Bill O'Gorman enjoyed many successful seasons at Graham Place, building sequences of wins with African Chimes, Abdu and Manor Farm Boy, but in 1989 he moved to Calder Park Stables as a stop-gap until he could move into his newly built Seven Springs Stables in 1990. These include articles on The History of the thoroughbred, thoughts on Weight for Age, and a thought-provoking article on Tod Sloan and the American Invasion.
1969 Stewards Cup ROYAL SMOKE 100/7 owned by Mr I Allen, trained by Bill O'Gorman and ridden by Taffy Thomas
1982 Temple Stakes MUMMY'S GAME trained by Bill O'Gorman and ridden by Tony Ives
1982 Prix de Seine-et-Oise at Maisons-Laffitte SAAYAF owned by Moufid F Dabaghi, trained by Bill O'Gorman and ridden by Tony Ives
1982 Norfolk Stakes BRONDESBURY 8/11 fav trained by Bill O'Gorman and ridden by Tony Ives
1983 Palace House Stakes ON STAGE trained by Bill O'Gorman and ridden by Willie Carson
1983 King's Stand Stakes SAYF EL ARAB 33/1 owned by Moufid F Dabaghi, trained by Bill O'Gorman and ridden by Taffy Thomas
1983 Flying Childers Stakes SUPERLATIVE owned by Mrs P Yong, trained by Bill O'Gorman and ridden by Lester Piggott
1983 July Stakes SUPERLATIVE 8/1 trained by Bill O'Gorman and ridden by Tony Ives
1984 Temple Stakes REESH trained by Bill O'Gorman and ridden by Taffy Thomas, dead-heated with Petorius
1984 Greenlands Stakes at The Curragh REESH 15/8 fav trained by Bill O'Gorman and ridden by Tony Ives
1984 Palace House Stakes REESH trained by Bill O'Gorman and ridden by Taffy Thomas
1988 Norfolk Stakes SUPERPOWER evens fav owned by Mrs P L Yong, trained by Bill O'Gorman and ridden by Tony Ives
1988 National Stakes SUPERPOWER 3/1 owned by Mrs P L Yong, trained by Bill O'Gorman and ridden by Tony Ives
1988 Phoenix Stakes SUPERPOWER owned by Mrs P L Yong, trained by Bill O'Gorman and ridden by Tony Ives
22nd March 1984 Brocklesby Stakes at Doncaster PROVIDEO 9/4 owned by Ahmed Fustok, trained by Bill O'Gorman and ridden by Tony Ives
28th March 1984 Toytop Stakes at Catterick Bridge PROVIDEO 2/5 fav owned by Ahmed Fustok, trained by Bill O'Gorman and ridden by Tony Ives
28th April 1984 Sonnen Gold Stakes at Ripon PROVIDEO evens fav owned by Ahmed Fustok, trained by Bill O'Gorman and ridden by Tony Ives
2nd May 1984 Richmond Stakes at Catterick Bridge PROVIDEO 1/3 fav owned by Ahmed Fustok, trained by Bill O'Gorman and ridden by Tony Ives
12th May 1984 Parthia Stakes at Lingfield Park PROVIDEO 11/10 fav owned by Ahmed Fustok, trained by Bill O'Gorman and ridden by Tony Ives
4th June 1984 Metropole Challenge Cup at Folkestone PROVIDEO evens fav owned by Ahmed Fustok, trained by Bill O'Gorman and ridden by Tony Ives
9th June 1984 Hornby Stakes at Catterick Bridge PROVIDEO 1/2 fav owned by Ahmed Fustok, trained by Bill O'Gorman and ridden by Tony Ives
14th June 1984 Beverley 2-y-o- Trophy PROVIDEO 7/4 owned by Ahmed Fustok, trained by Bill O'Gorman and ridden by Tony Ives
20th June 1984 Sinnington Stakes at Beverley PROVIDEO 4/9 fav owned by Ahmed Fustok, trained by Bill O'Gorman and ridden by Tony Ives
7th July 1984 Cock of the North Stakes at Haydock Park PROVIDEO 3/1 owned by Ahmed Fustok, trained by Bill O'Gorman and ridden by Tony Ives
9th July 1984 Sprindrifter Stakes at Pontefract PROVIDEO 1/4 fav owned by Ahmed Fustok, trained by Bill O'Gorman and ridden by Tony Ives
16th July 1984 Woodland Stakes at Windsor PROVIDEO 2/5 fav owned by Ahmed Fustok, trained by Bill O'Gorman and ridden by Tony Ives
26th July 1984 Star Stakes at Sandown Park PROVIDEO 5/6 fav owned by Ahmed Fustok, trained by Bill O'Gorman and ridden by Tony Ives
27th August 1984 Ripon 2-y-o Trophy at Ripon PROVIDEO 10/11 fav owned by Ahmed Fustok, trained by Bill O'Gorman and ridden by Tony Ives
26th October 1984 Doncaster Stakes at Doncaster PROVIDEO 2/1 fav owned by Ahmed Fustok, trained by Bill O'Gorman and ridden by Tony Ives
1st November 1984 Dinsdale Spa Stakes at Redcar PROVIDEO 1/8 fav owned by Ahmed Fustok, trained by Bill O'Gorman and ridden by Tony Ives
The Graham House/Graham Place/Graham Lodge/Trillium Place conundrum
Graham House, Graham Lodge, Graham Place and Trillium Place all seem intertwined and take some untangling. Bill O'Gorman built the first part of Graham Lodge on adjoining land that had once been Captain King's vegetable garden and had, in the meantime, been owned by a local builder Roy Jarvis (no relation to the famous Newmarket trainers of the same name) who built the house for himself. Captain King had lived in Graham House all alone in some style but had never married. Although the land on which the Tennis club was built was once part of the jigsaw, that was a very long time beforehand. Bill sold the new yard, and the Jarvis house, to Lord John Fitzgerald, and he built another yard in the former orchard. Bill then sold Graham Place to Gavin Pritchard-Gordon and he renamed it Trillium Place. Stuart Williams occupied Trillium Place for a time after Gavin retired, and was followed by David Simcock.
1989-1995 Gavin Pritchard-Gordon
Gavin Pritchard-Gordon, born in October 1945, travelled to Newmarket in 1966 to join the Harvey Leader's Shalfleet Stable before moving to Lambourn to become assistant trainer to Peter Walwyn. Having gained further experience with Walwyn he decided that he could broaden his experience still further by spending time with Stuart Murless at the Curragh. In 1972 Harvey Leader decided to retire, which provided Gavin with the perfect opportunity to apply for his own trainer's licence and take charge at Shalfleet. Within a year he had trained King Pele to win the 1973 Gloucester Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival, and to show his flexibility on both codes Gavin won the 1976 Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot with Ardoon in the hands of Brian Taylor. Arguably the best horse he trained was Noalcoholic who won the 1982 Criterion Stakes, the Challenge Stakes and the Prix Messidor, while he won the 1983 Lockinge Stakes and Sussex Stakes. He moved from Shalfleet to take charge at Stanley House Stables, but in 1989 he sold that establishment to the Maktoum family and, with the proceeds, he purchased Graham Place from Bill O'Gorman for a record amount for a training complex. At that time Graham Place stood in 1 3/4 acres of prime land close to the two racecourses and on the edge of the High Street, and boasted stabling for 54 horses. He retired from training in 1995, taking up a short-term post with the BHB, followed by a longer spell as Chief Executive of the Thoroughbred Breeders Association.
1973 Gloucester Hurdle KING PELE 13/2 trained by Gavin Pritchard-Gordon and ridden by David Nicholson
1976 Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot ARDOON 11/2 owned by Frank Feeney, trained by Gavin Pritchard-Gordon and ridden by Brian Taylor
1982 Criterion Stakes NOALCOHOLIC owned by William Du Pont III, trained by Gavin Pritchard-Gordon and ridden by George Duffield
1982 Prix Messidor NOALCOHOLIC owned by William Du Pont III, trained by Gavin Pritchard-Gordon and ridden by George Duffield
1982 Challenge Stakes NOALCOHOLIC 5/2 fav owned by William Du Pont III, trained by Gavin Pritchard-Gordon and ridden by George Duffield
1983 Lockinge Stakes NOALCOHOLIC 7/2 owned by William Du Pont III, trained by Gavin Pritchard-Gordon and ridden by George Duffield
1983 Sussex Stakes NOALCOHOLIC 18/1 owned by William Du Pont III, trained by Gavin Pritchard-Gordon and ridden by George Duffield
1993-1994 Stuart Williams
Stuart Williams was brought up in a racing family; his father was a jockey and he held similar aspirations, although his build was detrimental to that cause. However, his true calling was to the training ranks, learning his trade from some of the best in the business, Bill O'Gorman, the ill-fated Alex Scott, and Ron Sheather, also gaining further experience in Australia with the legendary Bart Cummings. Stuart took out a licence in 1993, and began his first full season at Graham Lodge Stables on Birdcage Walk, ideally located in sight of the Rowley Mile Racecourse, in 1994. His inaugural victory was in the Pisces Median Auction Maiden Stakes at Lingfield Park on Saturday 5th March 1994 when Greenbank (8/1), owned by Miss L J Ward and ridden by Kevin Darley, defeated Kindergarten Bay and Papagayos. He left Graham Lodge to transfer the short distance to Trillium Place, but in 2004 he moved down the Hamilton Road to Diomed Stables. He is a versatile trainer who has trained a winner on every flat racecourse in Britain.
1996 Bradford & Bingley Handicap at York CONCER UN 16/1 owned by Miss L J Ward, trained by Stuart Williams and ridden by Kevin Darley
1997 Bradford & Bingley Handicap at York CONCER UN 6/1 owned by Miss L J Ward, trained by Stuart Williams and ridden by Kevin Darley
2000-present George Margarson
George Margarson, originally had a close association with Cleethorpes where he claimed to have gained his love for horses by working with the donkeys on Cleethorpes beaches. He then travelled to Newmarket to work with John Guest where he was travelling Head Lad,taking out his own trainer's licence in 1995, but at the turn of the millennium he took charge at Graham Lodge Stables, ably supported by his daughter Katie who acts as his assistant. In the early months of his time at Graham Lodge he guided Atavus to success in the 2001 Hungerford Stakes at Newbury, albeit as un unfancied 33/1 outsider, but Atavus followed up with a victory in the Bunbury Cup, while in 2002 he won the Criterion Stakes at Headquarters. George had particular success with Young Mick in 2006, winning the Cumberland Lodge Stakes, the National Bank of Dubai Cup, the Duke of Edinburgh Stakes and the International Shergar Cup Challenge, all at Ascot. The year 2013 was another good year for the Graham Lodge Stable when Lucky Kristal won the Lowther Stakes at York, as well as victory in the Duchess of Cambridge Stakes, formerly the Cherry Hinton Stakes.
|2001 Burwell Stakes at Newmarket ATAVUS 14/1 owned by Stableside Racing Partnership, trained by George Margarson and ridden by Jamie Mackay
2001 Bunbury Cup ATAVUS 10/1 owned by Stableside Racing Partnership, trained by George Margarson and ridden by Jamie Mackay
2001 Tote International Stakes at Ascot ATAVUS 11/1 owned by Stableside Racing Partnership, trained by George Margarson and ridden by Jamie Mackay
2001 Hungerford Stakes at Newbury ATAVUS 33/1 owned by Stableside Racing Partnership, trained by George Margarson and ridden by Jamie Mackay
2002 Criterion Stakes ATAVUS 7/1 owned by Stableside Racing Partnership, trained by George Margarson and ridden by Jamie Mackay
2002 Vaillant Fortune Stakes at Epsom ATAVUS 10/1 owned by Stableside Racing Partnership, trained by George Margarson and ridden by Jamie Mackay
2003 Cockrill Glass Conditions Stakes at Yarmouth ATAVUS 2/1 owned by Stableside Racing Partnership, trained by George Margarson and ridden by Jamie Mackay
2006 Cumberland Lodge Stakes at Ascot YOUNG MICK 7/2 owned by Mr M F Kentish, trained by George Margarson and ridden by Robert Winston
2006 National Bank of Dubai Cup at Ascot YOUNG MICK 10/1 owned by Mr M F Kentish, trained by George Margarson and ridden by Robert Winston
2006 International Shergar Cup Challenge Handicap at Ascot YOUNG MICK 9/4 owned by Mr M F Kentish, trained by George Margarson and ridden by Gerald Mosse
2006 Duke of Ediburgh Stakes at Ascot YOUNG MICK 28/1 owned by Mr M F Kentish, trained by George Margarson and ridden by Richard Quinn
2008 Sir Gordon Richards Conditions Stakes at Leicester YOUNG MICK 6/5 owned by Mr M F Kentish, trained by George Margarson and ridden by Dane O'Neill
2009 Al Dana Wealth Management Handicap at Nad Al Sheba YOUNG MICK 6/1 owned by Mr M F Kentish, trained by George Margarson and ridden by John Egan
2011 Bartlett Sunglasses Handicap at Ascot IMPERIAL GUEST 12/1 owned by John Guest Racing, trained by George Margarson and ridden by A Hamblett
2012 Betfair Summer Double Second Leg Stakes at Goodwood IMPERIAL GUEST 12/1 owned by John Guest Racing, trained by George Margarson and ridden by Tom Queally
2013 Lowther Stakes LUCKY KRISTALE 5/2 owned by Graham Lodge Partnership, trained by George Margarson and ridden by Tom Queally
2013 Duchess of Cambridge Stakes (Cherry Hinton Stakes) LUCKY KRISTALE 20/1 owned by Graham Lodge Partnership, trained by George Margarson and ridden by Tom Queally
2015 Garrowby Stakes at York LUCKY KRISTAL 7/2 owned by Graham Lodge Partnership, trained by George Margarson and ridden by Jamie Spencer
|Top 5 Graham Lodge/Graham Place/Graham House horses of all time
ORPHEUS (1919 New Stakes, 1920 & 1921 Champion Stakes)
FIGARO (1934 Stewards Cup, Ayr Gold Cup)
MAGIC (1910 Goodwood Cup)
CHERIE (1868 Cesarewitch)
PROVIDEO (16 successes in the 1984 season)
|© John Slusar 2020