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Shalfleet House and Stables, ideally located on the famous Bury Road, and just a brisk walk from the Several, has easy access to Warren Hill. Today the main house contains 5 reception rooms and 4 ensuite bedrooms, the stabling area and extensive paddocks spread over 3.5 acres, with at least 93 boxes available. However, at one stage in its history Shalfleet and Highfield were a part of the vast Bedford Lodge Stables which, in 1820, were owned by the 6th Duke of Bedford, when they were used as isolation blocks away from the main stable. Harvey Leader named the stables Shelford after his champion sprinter of 1935 whose record is shown below. In 1937 Shalfleet Cottage, listed today as 13 Bury Road, was built, and by 1959 Paddy O'Gorman moved into the Cottage temporarily until repair work on the main Shalfleet House had been completed.
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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.
1931-1958 Harvey Leader
In 1931 Harvey Leader moved to Bedford Lodge Stables where, in 1937, he oversaw the building of Shalfleet Cottage, and named the main house Shalfleet after his 1935 champion sprinter. When his oldest brother, Thomas Richard Leader, died on 24th June 1945 he left his Wroughton House Stables to Harvey who moved his string across to his new stables. When Bedford Lodge Hotel was opened in 1947 Harvey maintained ownership of Shalfleet, eventually returning there in 1963. During his first spell at Shalfleet Harvey guided Shalfleet to the crown as Champion Sprinter in 1935, winning the London Sprint Handicap, King's Stand Stakes, Nunthorpe Stakes and Portland Handicap. The horse repeated his feat in the Portland Handicap in 1936, after which his form declined.
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SHALFLEET (Champion Sprinter 1935)
1933 (6th October) Askham Maiden Plate at York SHALFLEET 9/2 owned by Major J B Walker, trained by Harvey Leader and ridden by Arthur Wragg
1933 (23rd October) Theale Maiden Plate at Newbury SHALFLEET 7/1 owned by Major J B Walker, trained by Harvey Leader and ridden by Henri Jelliss
1933 (30th October) Juvenile Maiden Plate at Birmingham SHALFLEET 11/8 fav owned by Major J B Walker, trained by Harvey Leader and ridden by Henri Jelliss
1933 (November) Rangemore Maiden Plate at Derby SHALFLEET 10/11 fav owned by Major J B Walker, trained by Harvey Leader and ridden by Henri Jelliss
1934 (30th October) Fordham Welter Handicap at Newmarket SHALFLEET 5/2 fav owned by Major J B Walker, trained by Harvey Leader and ridden by Henri Jelliss
1934 (11th November) Combermere Handicap at Windsor SHALFLEET 5/1 fav owned by Major J B Walker, trained by Harvey Leader and ridden by Henri Jelliss
1935 (April) Flying Handicap at Newmarket SHALFLEET 9/2 owned and trained by Harvey Leader and ridden by Henri Jelliss
1935 (June) London Sprint Handicap at Alexandra Park SHALFLEET 7/2 owned and trained by Harvey Leader and ridden by Henri Jelliss
1935 (June) King's Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot SHALFLEET 5/4 fav owned and trained by Harvey Leader and ridden by Henri Jelliss
1935 (August) Nunthorpe Stakes at York SHALFLEET 9/4 owned and trained by Harvey Leader and ridden by Henri Jelliss
1935 (September) Portland Handicap at Doncaster SHALFLEET 8/1 owned and trained by Harvey Leader and ridden by Henri Jelliss
1936 (September) Portland Handicap at Doncaster SHALFLEET 10/1 owned by Major J B Walker, trained by Harvey Leader and ridden by Henri Jelliss
1959-63 Paddy O'Gorman
Pre-1959 Shalfleet comprised both sides of the drive, all of which was owned by Harvey Leader. Then, in 1959 Paddy O'Gorman bought the area on the town side of the drive, while Harvey kept the other side, but at this stage both areas continued to be known as Shalfleet. Harvey Leader owned and lived at Denston Hall, in Top Green, Denston Village, West Suffolk. He built a bungalow for the head lad on his side of the Shalfleet drive, and in 1972 he sold Shalfleet to Gavin Pritchard-Gordon. 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. In 1963, when Paddy moved to Graham Place, he sold his side of the drive to Fred Winter Sr. and, at that point, it became known as Highfield Stables. John Winter succeeded his father, Fred, and in due course Sheikh Mohammed purchased Highfield Stables, although it was only used occasionally as an overflow yard.
1961 Pall Mall Handicap at Hurst Park FIREWALKER 9/1 owned by Mr Jack Gerber, trained by Paddy O'Gorman and ridden by H Wright
1961 Britannia Stakes FIREWALKER 25/1 owned by Mr Jack Gerber, trained by Paddy O'Gorman and ridden by Ron Hutchinson
1961 Northumberland Plate UTRILLO 100/7 owned by Mr Jack Gerber, trained by Paddy O'Gorman and ridden by Des Cullen
1963 King's Stand Stakes MAJORITY RULE 100/8 owned by John Muldoon, trained by Paddy O'Gorman and ridden by Lester Piggott
1963-July 1965 Fred Winter senior HIGHFIELD STABLES
Fred Neville Winter senior, son of a publican, was born at Feltham, Middlesex on 2nd July 1894 and began his apprenticeship in Newmarket in 1908. His first winner at Newmarket on 12th April 1910 was aboard Humorist in the Apprentice Plate over 7 furlongs of the Dewhurst Plate course, later going on to ride under National Hunt rules in 1921 at Birmingham. In 1911 he won the Epsom Oaks on William Broderick Cleote's Cherimoya (SR 1890) at 25/1 trained by Charlie Marsh, remarkably it was the only win of the fillies career; Fred was later in the year crowned Champion Apprentice with 75 winners, (some list it as 76) which placed him fourth overall in the Jockeys Championship, an extraordinary achievement for an apprentice, having also won the Stewards Cup at Glorious Goodwood on Braxted. Between 1911 and 1913 he had 12 rides at Royal Ascot, although his best finish was a third place on Alope in the 1912 Fern Hill Stakes (now called the Sandringham Handicap). Fred was enticed by the Imperial Graditz Stud Stable, who could boast the Kaiser, as one of its prominent owners, to ride on the Royal Estates in Germany for trainer J E Watts and won on his first two mounts, but in 1914, at the outbreak of the First World War, he was imprisoned in Ruhleben, a prisoner of war camp on the outskirts of Berlin where he was forced to spend the 4 war years. When the Imperial Graditz Stud stable sent horses to race in England they ran under the name of Count Lehndorff. Once the War had ended Fred returned to England to resume his riding career, but his weight meant that he had to initially earn his living as a jump jockey, although in due course he spent many successful years on the Flat.
|He married Nancy Flanagan on 19th November 1921 and they lived in a bungalow in Andover, Hampshire which they named Cherimoya in honour of the maiden Oaks winner. Nancy was born on 29th August 1898, so she was about 4 years younger than Fred, and the marriage was blessed with 4 children, Sheila, Patricia, Fred and Johnny who was born in Newmarket. Fred became a successful jump jockey and trainer at Uplands Stables in Lambourn, while John assisted Fred senior and took over his Newmarket stables on the death of his father. In 1928 Fred partnered Pons Asinorum to victory in the Doncaster Cup, riding Potocki to victory in the Prince of Wales Stakes and Fohanuan in the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot, winning the Victoria Cup on the same horse, although the highlight of his year was a second Classic success, winning the 1928 Irish Oaks on Haintonette (SR 1827) the 2/1 joint favourite. Next year he literally came down with a bump when he had the unfortunate experience of partnering Kopi (100/8) in the 1929 Epsom Derby when the horse fell. An indication of just how unlucky Kopi and Fred were at Epsom was shown later in the year when KOPI (SR 1969) won the Irish Derby at 4/5 fav for owner Solly Joel and trainer Walter Earl. Fred retired from the saddle shortly afterwards and applied for a trainers licence at Newmarket. In those days you applied separately to train in Newmarket, and Fred's Newmarket application was rejected, but he successfully applied to train in Epsom.
The euphoria of initially training at Bredenbury stables, close to Epsom Railway station, and in 1931 moving just down the road to Treadwell House, was short-lived as he found it difficult to get horses from wealthy owners and had to give up his licence and find work in a factory, which was difficult for a man who loved racing and had spent the majority of his life in racing stables. However, in 1941 he was given a second chance to train by wealthy estate owner Percy Bartholomew, who owned Westwood Farm, Southfleet, Kent and invited Fred to become his private trainer at Southfleet Stables. He was hugely successful at Southfleet, particularly at Royal Ascot. In 1952 he trained Medway to win the Queen Alexandra Stakes, and just two years later Gads Hill captured the King George V Stakes. In 1955 Golden Planet won the prestigious Queen Anne Stakes, the usual curtain raiser for the whole Festival, a race he had won as a jockey many years ago, and was to win again in 1961 with Amber Light. In 1963 Fred made the bold decision to move to Newmarket, purchasing part of Shalfleet Stables from Paddy O'Gorman. Up to that point Shalfleet was divided into two stables, part of which was owned by Harvey Leader, and the other part owned by Paddy O'Gorman. When Fred purchased Paddy O'Gorman's part he decided to rename it Highfield Stables, leaving Harvey Leader to solely own what remained of Shalfleet. In 1963 he won the Coventry Stakes with Showdown ridden by his son-in-law Doug Smith who had married his daughter Pat; the Royal Hunt Cup with Spaniards Close (Amber Light also ran in the race but was unplaced), and two years later Showdown chalked up Fred's final Royal Ascot win in the Queen Anne Stakes. Towards the end of his life Fred was supported at Newmarket by Johnny who was his assistant, and when Fred died on Friday 9th July 1965, aged 71, John took charge at Highfield Stables, and Fred is reported to have left John £10,195 in his will, equivalent today to £140,000.
1952 Queen Alexandra Stakes Conditions race) £1594 at Royal Ascot MEDWAY (9/4) owned by Percy Bartholomew, trained by Fred Winter senior and ridden by Doug Smith
1952 Goodwood Cup £3000 at Glorious Goodwood MEDWAY (5/1) owned by Percy Bartholomew, trained by Fred Winter senior and ridden by Doug Smith
|I am grateful to Richard Peevey, grandson of Fred Winter senior, for some of the photos shown above
1954 King George V Stakes (Handicap) £1614 at Royal Ascot GADS HILL (20/1) owned by Percy Bartholomew, trained by Fred Winter senior and ridden by Billie Nevett
1955 Queen Anne Stakes (Group 1) £1769 at Royal Ascot GOLDEN PLANET (7/1) owned by Percy Bartholomew, trained by Fred Winter senior and ridden by Doug Smith
1961 Queen Anne Stakes £1821 (Group 1) at Royal Ascot AMBER LIGHT (9/1) owned by E Hill, trained by Fred Winter senior and ridden by Doug Smith
1963 Coventry Stakes (Group 2) £4060 at Royal Ascot SHOWDOWN (6/1) owned by Mrs D Prenn, trained by Fred Winter senior and ridden by Doug Smith
1963 Royal Hunt Cup (Handicap) £3960 at Royal Ascot SPANIARDS CLOSE (25/1) owned by Mrs B Davis, trained by Fred Winter senior and ridden by Lester Piggott
1963 Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket SHOWDOWN (100/30) owned by Mrs D Prenn, trained by Fred Winter senior and ridden by Doug Smith
1965 Queen Anne Stakes (Group 1) £1594 at Royal Ascot SHOWDOWN (5/4 fav) owned by Mrs D Prenn, trained by Fred Winter senior and ridden by Doug Smith
|Very grateful to Bill O'Gorman for the photo above showing Majority Rule and Paddy O'Gorman, with apprentice R W Jones up, at what was later named Highfield Stables
July 1965-1988 John Winter HIGHFIELD STABLES
John Winter, youngest son of Fred Winter senior and his wife Nancy, was embedded in racing from birth. His father was a successful jockey and even more successful trainer, while his older brother, by some two and a half years, Fred junior was an excellent, predominantly National Hunt jockey who also rode for a short while on the Flat, but then became one of the best known trainers of his generation. He also had two sisters, Sheila and Pat, who married Champion Jockey Doug Smith. He married Philippa and the marriage was blessed with 3 children, Jonathan, Nicola and Emma. When his father died in July 1965 John, who had been his assistant, took over. Within a year he had landed the Peter Hastings Stakes at Newbury with Double-U-Jay, an old favourite who went on to gain a number of victories. John won the 1967 Wokingham Handicap at Royal Ascot in 1967 with Spaniards Mount, ridden by his brother-in-law Doug Smith. In 1968 Folle Rousse won the Prix Robert Papin, but arguably his best horse was Balidar who won the 1970 Prix De L'Abbaye at Longchamp when ridden by Lester Piggott, having been beaten by 5 lengths into third in the Vernon Sprint Cup at Haydock when sent off at the prohibitive odds of 30/100 favourite. In 1971 he won the Group 1 July Cup at Newmarket with Realm ridden by Brian Taylor. William Haggas, who was his assistant for 4 years, fondly remembers him as a gentleman, aa an excellent chairman of the Newmarket Trainers Association and a trustee of the Injured Jockeys' Fund. He died in Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge on Tuesday 4th January 2000 aged 70 after a short illness.
1966 Peter Hastings Stakes at Newbury DOUBLE-U-JAY (6/1) owned by G Harwood, trained by John Winter and ridden by Doug Smith
1967 Wokingham Handicap at Royal Ascot SPANIARDS MOUNT (100/6) owned by B S Border, trained by John Winter and ridden by Doug Smith
1967 Prix Kergorlay at Deauville MEHARI (6/1) owned by Daniel Prenn, trained by John Winter and ridden by Doug Smith
1968 Prix Robert Papin at Maisons Laffitte FOLLE ROUSSE (23/1) owned by Daniel Prenn, trained by John Winter and ridden by Ron Hutchinson
1970 Prix De L'Abbaye at Longchamp BALIDAR owned by Daniel Prenn, trained by John Winter and ridden by Lester Piggott
1971 July Cup at Newmarket REALM (11/2) owned by R C Boucher, trained by John Winter and ridden by Brian Taylor
1963-71 Harvey Leader SHALFLEET
Harvey Cliff Leader, youngest son of Thomas Leader senior, was born at Wroughton House, Newmarket on 16th September 1892. He enjoyed a successful career as a jockey before launching his own training career at Beechwood Stables, Exning in 1918. He gained almost immediate success when training Caligula (SR 1870) to land the 1920 St Leger, before training Diomedes to win the 1925 King's Stand Stakes, Nunthorpe Stakes and July Cup, repeating his July Cup success in 1926. Also, in that year, and to show his flexibility, Harvey guided Jack Horner 25/1 to victory in the 1926 Grand National for owner Mr A Schwartz. He was left Wroughton House Stables by his brother Tom, but after 5 years in charge at Wroughton House, ably assisted by Tom Waugh, Harvey decided to go travelling in December 1950, starting with a holiday in Switzerland. He left Tom Waugh to look after the training at Wroughton House, although it was only in 1956 that Tom returned to Wroughton to take full control of the stables. Harvey Leader did return to training duties, albeit at Shalfleet Stables, where he was assisted by Gavin Pritchard Gordon. Harvey retired in 1971, leaving Pritchard Gordon to take over at Shalfleet, and Harvey died in Newmarket in 1972.
|1962 Norfolk 2-Y-O Stakes at Newmarket MY MYOSOTIS Evens fav owned by Lady Bullough, trained by Harvey Leader and ridden by Brian Taylor
1962 Cambridgeshire HIDDEN MEANING 7/1 owned by Commander K Grant, trained by Harvey Leader and ridden by Scobie Breasley
1963 Dee Stakes MY MYOSOTIS 9/4 owned by Lady Bullough, trained by Harvey Leader and ridden by Brian Taylor
1963 Pretty Polly Stakes FAIR ASTRONOMER evens fav owned by S Grey, trained by Harvey Leader and ridden by Brian Taylor
1963 Equestrian Stakes at Lingfield FAIR ASTRONOMER 9/4 jt fav owned by S Grey, trained by Harvey Leader and ridden by Brian Taylor
1963 Rous Memorial Stakes FAIR ASTRONOMER 6/4 fav owned by S Grey, trained by Harvey Leader and ridden by Eph Smith
1966 Cambridgeshire DITES 33/1 owned by Mr R Midgwood, trained by Harvey Leader and ridden by David Maitland
1969 Babraham Handicap at Newmarket CELESTIAL SUN 10/1 owned by Mrs D McNab, trained by Harvey Leader and ridden by Brian Taylor
1969 Tattersalls Yorkshire Stakes BLINKING 8/15 fav owned by Leslie S Cohen, trained by Harvey Leader and ridden by Brian Taylor
1969 Woolmark Apprentices Stakes at York CELESTIAL SUN 8/1 owned by Mrs D McNab, trained by Harvey Leader and ridden by T Blair
1969 Halifax Stakes CELESTIAL SUN 7/2 owned by Mrs D McNab, trained by Harvey Leader and ridden by Brian Taylor
1972-1976 Gavin Pritchard-Gordon SHALFLEET
Gavin Pritchard-Gordon, born in October 1945, travelled to Newmarket in 1966 to join the Harvey Leader 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 ability 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
1977-1997 Paul Kelleway SHALFLEET
Paul Anthony Kelleway, born in Islington, London on 31st August 1940, was evacuated to Yorkshire for the duration of the War and became apprentice to Eddie Magner at Doncaster in 1954 when he was 14. He moved on to join Harry Wragg's Abington Place Stables in Newmarket in 1955, riding his first Flat race winner, Golovine, at Haydock Park on 8th October 1955. It soon became obvious that he was too heavy to continue a flat racing career, so he switched to Ryan Price's at Findon, riding his first National Hunt winner, Gold Wire, at Taunton on 11th October 1958, the first of 392 wins in Great Britain. He moved from Ryan Price to Fred Winter's stable in Lambourn, where he achieved incredible success as a jockey, especially in the late 1960s and early 1970s. He landed the 1969 Cheltenham Gold Cup aboard What A Myth, having partnered the same horse to victory in the Whitbread Gold Cup 3 years earlier. In 1970 he won the Arkle Challenge Trophy aboard Soloning, although he will be best remembered partnering the exceptionally talented hurdler, Bula, to back to back successes in the 1971 and 1972 Champion Hurdle. He also gained back to back successes aboard Barona in the 1975 and 1976 Scottish Grand National. His riding career came to an end when he rode Black Sabbath to victory at Newbury on 5th March 1977, and he then embarked on his training career, basing himself at Shalfleet Stables. He sent out his first winner, Port Justice, at Leicester on 28th March 1977. Paul and his wife Gillian had 3 children, Anthony and Gay who became racehorse trainers, and Sarah who trained Arab racers. Paul enjoyed almost immediate success as a trainer, managing to oversee the purchase of future stars quite cheaply. In 1978 Swiss Maid, who was bought for just £6000, had a fantastic season culminating in the Champion Stakes, and was eventually sold for £325,000, while 2 years later Madam Gay, bought for just £9450, captured the 1981 Prix de Diane (French Oaks) and was eventually sold for £1.4 million. Another star of the Kelleway stable was Risk Me who won the 1986 National Stakes and began the next season by winning the Greenham Stakes, going on to success in the Prix Jean Prat and Grand Prix de Paris. Paul, who enjoyed such success as a rider at the Cheltenham Festival, saddled Asir to win the 1985 Sun Alliance Hurdle at the Festival. After 20 successful years as a trainer, sending out 304 winners, Paul was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in August 1997 and announced his retirement to fight the painful disease. Sadly, he lost his battle at Cheam, Surrey on 21st April 1999 aged just 58.
1978 Twyford Stakes at Newbury SWISS MAID 3/1 fav owned by Max Fine, trained by Paul Kelleway and ridden by Greville Starkey
1978 Twickenham Stakes at Kempton SWISS MAID 15/2 owned by Max Fine, trained by Paul Kelleway and ridden by Lester Piggott
1978 Virginia Stakes at Newcastle SWISS MAID 9/2 owned by Max Fine, trained by Paul Kelleway and ridden by George Duffield
1978 Sun Chariot Stakes SWISS MAID 5/1 owned by Max Fine, trained by Paul Kelleway and ridden by Lester Piggott
1978 Champion Stakes SWISS MAID (SR 2004) 9/1 owned by Max Fine, trained by Paul Kelleway and ridden by Greville Starkey
1980 King's Stand Stakes AFRICAN SONG 10/1 owned by Geoffrey Kaye, trained by Paul Kelleway and ridden by Pat Eddery
1981 Prix de Diane (French Oaks) MADAM GAY owned by Geoffrey Kaye, trained by Paul Kelleway and ridden by Lester Piggott
1981 Chester Cup DONEGAL PRINCE 12/1 trained by Paul Kelleway and ridden by Paddy Young
1985 Sun Alliance Hurdle ASIR 9/1 trained by Paul Kelleway and ridden by Ronnie Beggan
1985 National Stakes MOONLIGHT LADY 13/2 trained by Paul Kelleway and ridden by Pat Eddery
1986 National Stakes at Sandown RISK ME evens fav owned by Lewis Norris, trained by Paul Kelleway and ridden by Pat Eddery
1987 Greenham Stakes RISK ME 5/2 fav owned by Lewis Norris, trained by Paul Kelleway and ridden by Steve Cauthen
1987 Prix Jean Prat RISK ME owned by Lewis Norris, trained by Paul Kelleway and ridden by Tony Cruz
1987 Grand Prix de Paris RISK ME owned by Lewis Norris, trained by Paul Kelleway and ridden by Steve Cauthen
1997-June 2019 Jeremy Noseda SHALFLEET
Jeremy Noseda, born on 17th September 1963 and educated at Stonyhurst College, a Jesuit Catholic College, spent 6 years learning his trade with John Dunlop before broadening his education at Henry Cecil's for 5 years. In January 1996 he travelled to California to launch his own training career, returning to Newmarket in late 1997. The vast majority of his training career in England was spent at Shalfleet Stables, although he did make use of Sefton Lodge Stables for a short period, maybe as an overflow yard. He won his first UK Classic in 2006 when Araafa (SR 1833) won the Irish 2000 Guineas, and followed it up later in the year by winning the Doncaster St Leger with Sixties Icon (SR 1958) in the hands of Frankie Dettori. It took Jeremy a further four years before winning his next, and final, classic when Sans Frontieres (SR 1815) was victorious in the Irish St Leger. Jeremy enjoyed successful forays abroad, winning the 2004 Breeders Cup Juvenile with Wilko owned by J Paul Reddam, and seven years later he won the Jamaica Handicap at Belmont Park with Western Aristocrat. He retired in June 2019 immediately after saddling the unplaced Cenotaph in the Wokingham Stakes.
1998 Cheveley Park Stakes WANNABE GRAND 3/1 fav owned by Bruce McAllister, trained by Jeremy Noseda and ridden by Pat Eddery
1998 Empress Stakes WANNABE GRAND 7/4 fav owned by Bruce McAllister, trained by Jeremy Noseda and ridden by John Reid
1998 Cherry Hinton Stakes WANNABE GRAND 11/1 owned by Bruce McAllister, trained by Jeremy Noseda and ridden by Walter Swinburn
1998 Flying Childers Stakes WANNABE GRAND 10/11 fav owned by Bruce McAllister, trained by Jeremy Noseda and ridden by Pat Eddery
2002 Jersey Stakes JUST JAMES 20/1 owned by Lucayan Stud, trained by Jeremy Noseda and ridden by Olivier Peslier
2003 Cheveley Park Stakes CARRY ON KATIE 13/8 fav owned by Mohammed Rashid, trained by Jeremy Noseda and ridden by Frankie Dettori
2003 Gimcrack Stakes BALMONT 7/2 owned by Sanford Robertson, trained by Jeremy Noseda and ridden by Pat Eddery
2003 Lowther Stakes CARRY ON KATIE 3/1 owned by Mohammed Rashid, trained by Jeremy Noseda and ridden by Frankie Dettori
2003 Middle Park Stakes BALMONT 8/1 owned by Sanford Robertson, trained by Jeremy Noseda and ridden by Pat Eddery
2004 Breeders Cup Juvenile WILKO 20/1 owned by J Paul Reddam, trained by Jeremy Noseda and ridden by Frankie Dettori
2005 Chipchase Stakes SOLDIERS TALE 6/4 fav owned by Budget Stable, trained by Jeremy Noseda and ridden by Kevin Darley
2005 Heron Stakes PROCLAMATION 4/1 owned by Princess Haya of Jordan, trained by Jeremy Noseda and ridden by Frankie Dettori
2005 National Stakes SALUT D'AMOUR trained by Jeremy Noseda and ridden by Kieren Fallon
2005 Jersey Stakes PROCLAMATION 7/1 owned by Princess Haya of Jordan, trained by Jeremy Noseda and ridden by Johnny Murtagh
2005 Sussex Stakes PROCLAMATION 3/1 owned by Princess Haya of Jordan, trained by Jeremy Noseda and ridden by Mick Kinane
2006 Irish 2000 Guineas ARAAFA (SR 1833) 12/1 owned by Saleh Al Homaizi and Imad Al Sagar, trained by Jeremy Noseda and ridden by Alan Munro
2006 May Hill Stakes SIMPLY PERFECT 4/1 owned by Smith, Magnier and Tabor, trained by Jeremy Noseda and ridden by Darryll Holland
2006 Cherry Hinton Stakes SANDER CAMILLO 11/8 fav owned by Sir Robert Ogden, trained by Jeremy Noseda and ridden by Frankie Dettori
2006 Gordon Stakes SIXTIES ICON 7/4 fav owned by Susan Roy, trained by Jeremy Noseda and ridden by Frankie Dettori
2006 St James's Palace Stakes ARAAFA 2/1 fav owned by Saleh Al Homaizi and Imad Al Sagar, trained by Jeremy Noseda and ridden by Alan Munro
2006 Fillies Mile SIMPLY PERFECT 11/4 owned by Smith/Magnier and Tabor, trained by Jeremy Noseda and ridden by Darryll Holland
2006 St Leger SIXTIES ICON (SR 1958) 11/8 fav owned by Susan Roy, trained by Jeremy Noseda and ridden by Frankie Dettori
2006 Irish St Leger SANS FRONTIERES (SR 1815) 13/8 fav owned by Sir Robert Ogden, trained by Jeremy Noseda and ridden by Olivier Peslier
2007 Golden Jubilee Stakes SOLDIERS TALE 9/1 owned by Budget Stable, trained by Jeremy Noseda and ridden by Johnny Murtagh
2007 Falmouth Stakes SIMPLY PERFECT 6/1 owned by Smith, Magnier and Tabor, trained by Jeremy Noseda and ridden by Johnny Murtagh
2007 Molecomb Stakes FLEETING SPIRIT 8/1 owned by The Searchers Syndicate, trained by Jeremy Noseda and ridden by Johnny Murtagh
2007 Jockey Club Stakes SIXTIES ICON 5/2 owned by Susan Roy, trained by Jeremy Noseda and ridden by Frankie Dettori
2007 Flying Childers Stakes FLEETING SPIRIT 5/4 fav owned by The Searchers Syndicate, trained by Jeremy Noseda and ridden by Frankie Dettori
2008 Temple Stakes FLEETING SPIRIT 7/2 owned by The Searchers Syndicate, trained by Jeremy Noseda and ridden by Ryan Moore
2008 Glorious Stakes SIXTIES ICON 100/30 owned by Susan Roy, trained by Jeremy Noseda and ridden by Johnny Murtagh
2008 Geoffrey Freer Stakes SIXTIES ICON 2/1 fav owned by Susan Roy, trained by Jeremy Noseda and ridden by Johnny Murtagh
2008 Cumberland Lodge Stakes SIXTIES ICON 11/10 fav owned by Susan Roy, trained by Jeremy Noseda and ridden by Frankie Dettori
2009 July Cup FLEETING SPIRIT 12/1 owned by The Searchers Syndicate, trained by Jeremy Noseda and ridden by Tom Queally
2010 Princess of Wales's Stakes SANS FRONTIERES 14/1 owned by Sir Robert Ogden, trained by Jeremy Noseda and ridden by Johnny Murtagh
2010 Gordon Stakes REBEL SOLDIER 4/1 fav owned by The Honorable Earle Mack, trained by Jeremy Noseda and ridden by Ryan Moore
2010 Geoffrey Freer Stakes SANS FRONTIERES 3/1 owned by Sir Robert Ogden, trained by Jeremy Noseda and ridden by Johnny Murtagh
2010 Irish St Leger SANS FRONTIERES (SR 1815) 13/8 fav owned by Sir Robert Ogden, trained by Jeremy Noseda and ridden by Olivier Peslier
2011 Jamaica Handicap at Belmont Park WESTERN ARISTOCRAT owned by Mr Greeley, trained by Jeremy Noseda and ridden by C Nakatani
2021-present Sean Woods SHALFLEET
Sean Woods was born in Bangalore on 2nd July 1965 into a racing dynasty that had its roots in India. Indeed, Sean is fluent in Hindi and Tamil, and began his career as a jump jockey, although he accepted early on that he would not reach the top as a jockey, riding just over 80 winners. He became assistant to Tony Hide before embarking on his own training career. He purchased La Grange in mid-1992, when it was run down and in need of a far-reaching restoration programme. He was aged just 26, but had soon installed a new horsewalker, weighbridge and solarium, and built an indoor ride. He was able to call on the support of his family at Woodsway Stud, Tuddenham, just 10 miles from Newmarket, and also appointed brother Wendyll as his stable jockey. After a successful training period he departed for Hong Kong in 2002, where he trained for a considerable time before returning to the UK in 2020 and relaunching his English training career at Shalfleet.
|Top 5 Shalfleet horses of all time
SHALFLEET (1935 Nunthorpe Stakes, King's Stand Stakes, Portland Handicap)
SWISS MAID (1978 Champion Stakes, Sun Chariot Stakes)
SIXTIES ICON (2006 St Leger)
SHOWDOWN (1963 Coventry Stakes, Middle Park Stakes, 1965 Queen Anne Stakes)
MADAM GAY (1981 Prix de Diane)
|© John Slusar 2020