more than 900 national hunt and flat winners
Micky started training in May 1990 at Tupgill Stables alongside the Low Moor at Middleham, now the Saddle Room restaurant.
“I had a lot of confidence, and I expected success,” he recalls. “It started well – in my first season I started with 15 or so horses and then quickly built to 30. I recruited a good team, and we had two winners from our first five runners.”
“I was fortunate to be supported by owners I’d ridden for, including from George Moore’s stable,” Micky says. “But I didn’t cannibalise what George was doing - he was flying high, and the only horses which ‘defected’ were pretty poor ones to begin with!”
Micky went on to have 38 winners in his second jumps season and 51 in his third season in 1992/93. He had established himself as one of the top training talents and started to attract major owners such as Trevor Hemmings, owner of many top jumps horses and famous for owning the likes of Cloudy Lane, Many Clouds and Grand National winners Ballabriggs and Hedgehunter.
Towards the end of the 1990s, Micky was regularly amongst the top ten trainers, and was consistently one of the leading lights in the north. He moved into a new yard, Oakwood Stables, his present home, in 1997. His high to date was 6 winners in a single day in 1996.
Since then Oakwood Stables has been home to some of the most popular dual purpose horses in training, with the likes of Mr Crystal, Fair Spin, Pertuis and Dawn Ride regularly visiting the winner’s enclosure. His current team have a cracking attitude and continue to achieve excellent results, while Micky has slowly but surely improved the quality of horses and has recently returned to the levels of success he consistently saw in the 1990s.
2015 was our most successful Flat season ever, while the jumps horses enjoyed a particularly good 2015/16 as we had our best season since 1997/98 thanks in no small part to multiple winners Roxyfet, Auldthunder, Verko and Caraline, who all made incredible progress.
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.