The Trainers

We have great personal friendships with all of our trainers and and it is those friendships we want to extend to the people who join Chelsea Thoroughbreds as owners.


Richard Hannon

Richard has achieved a quite remarkable feat of becoming 2014 Champion trainer in just his first year in charge since taking over from his father Richard Snr. He notched up a Classic winner with Night of Thunder and numerous Group & Royal Ascot winners along the way. Having been assistant to his father for 12 years, he was certainly no rookie, and has very smoothly kept this power house yard of 250+ horses at the very top of the Thoroughbred world, and looks set to continue…


Charlie Hills

Charlie has been lucky enough to work closely with many Classic & Group winners as assistant to his father Barry. In 2013, in his first year training under his own name, Charlie trained his own Classic winner with Just The Judge in the Irish 1,000 Guineas for a combined o wnership team of Qatari Sheikh Fahad & the Sangster family. Further group winners came lowing throughout the year, culminating in a quite breathtaking performance in Breeders Cup winner Chriselliam at Santa Anita, USA. Faringdon Place, just outside Lambourn, has 150+ horses with Charlie at the helm & some of the most modern facilities in the area.


Ralph Beckett

Ralph is in his 19th season as a trainer & 9th at Kimpton Down Stables near Andover, with his 14th season having been his best to date. A multiple Classic winner including an i ncredible 1 – 2 in the 2013 Epsom Oaks emulated the great Sir Noel Murless’achievement 41 years previously & helped him to accumulate over a million pounds in prize money. Group winners have come in both Europe & the UK and a wonderful Breeders Cup winner in 2008 with “Muhannak” at Santa Anita. With 125+ boxes now at Ralph’s disposal there is surely only more of the same to come.


John Gosden OBE

John needs little introduction. He is a multiple and current Champion Trainer in Britain. He has trained over 3,000 winners worldwide including over 100 Group 1s ranging from sprinters to stayers. One could argue that he has never had a more purple patch than now. He and Frankie Dettori will no doubt be hoping for another tremendous season in 2020 with such a strong team of horses to l ook forward to.


Dan Skelton

Dan is the new kid on the block when it comes to the top table of National Hunt trainers. He was assistant to Paul Nicholls before taking out his licence in 2013. Since then he has gone from strength to strength, becoming just the second British National Hunt Trainer to send out more than 200 winners in a season in 2018/19.


Hugo Palmer

Hugo was granted a licence to train in 2011. Starting out with just 11 inexpensive horses that he syndicated, the yard has seen a steady stream of success in a short period of time. With an admirable strike rate, and 42 Stakes winners to his name, Hugo has quickly established himself as one of the country’s leading young trainers.


James Ferguson

Nestled in Racing’s Headquarters lies James Ferguson.

James is one of the new kids on the block but brings a wealth of knowledge to the table, having served his time under Racing greats such as Sir Mark Prescott and Jessica Harrington.

James hit the ground running in his first season of training with the likes of Zoetic winning The St Hughes’s Fillies Stakes (listed). This season has seen James’ success continue to grow, he picked up his first Group 1 in only his second season training.


Olly Murphy

Olly has a wealth of experience, spending a year with Alan King and then making the trip over to Ireland where he spent four seasons with Gordon Elliott as Assistant Trainer. During Olly’s time, Gordon won several Grade 1’s, numerous Festival winners and was all topped off by Don Cossack winning the 2016 Gold Cup.

In 2017, the time came for Olly to take up the reins himself. Six years into his training career, Olly has trained over 350 winners, won over £3.2 million in prize money and is a multiple Grade 1 winning trainer.


Alan King

Alan is a farmer’s son who has nurtured a passion for racing from an early age. Now based at Barbury Castle, which has since been improved and expanded in the quest for more winners since he moved there in 2000, Alan is now without doubt one of the best dual purpose trainers around.

In 2022 he recorded a historic win with Trueshan in the Northumberland Plate at Newcastle, as well as many Grade 1 winners over the jumps, with his stable star Edwardstone being the standout after winning the 2022 Arkle Trophy.




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