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 was born in Doncaster in 1969. From an early age it was obvious that he was going to follow in the family footsteps and be involved in the racing industry. Jason has a real pedigree to train as his father R C ‘Bob’ Ward trained over a thousand winners under both codes, his grandfather was champion jockey on the flat and his great grandfather was the first jockey to win the Grand National two years in succession.
Jason himself rode professionally before becoming assistant trainer to James Fanshawe in Newmarket. Spending time in the USA, France, Germany etc. also widened his experience.
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.
Over forty years in racing and working his way up through the ranks from Stable Lad to Head Lad to Jockey to Trainer has given Andy invaluable experience in every aspect of the care and training of racehorses.
Ben has been here since 2010, when he took over the reins from his father, Patrick Haslam, at the young age of 25. Since then, Ben has sent out over 100 winners from the yard, both Flat and National Hunt.
Chris succeeded his father, Tommy ‘Squeak’ Fairhurst in 1994 and is the latest in a long line of trainers at Glasgow House. Chris himself rode more than fifty jump winners before he became a trainer.
James started off his career working for the legendary Bruce Hobbs in Newmarket before becoming assistant to Arthur Budgett, where he had a very successful period as assistant trainer, being involved with a great Derby winner in Morston.
Karl was born over the Black Swan pub in Rugby and later moved across town to the Red Lion which his father ran for sixteen years. During his time at the Red Lion Karl gained his first interest in racing through watching it with his dad.
Mark Johnston is one of Britain’s leading trainers, having become the first Flat trainer to send out more than 200 winners in a season (2009), a feat which he has, to date, repeated in 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015.