The Mark Tompkins success story began more than a thousand winners ago. He won his first Group race very early in his career and has maintained this standard ever since.
With horses bought from a variety of budgets, his top class winners have been over all distances, ranging from the six-furlong Duke of York Group 2 to the two-mile plus Yorkshire Cup Group 2. He is brilliant at getting the best out of every horse and puts his heart and soul into finding the right opportunities for them to perform at their peak.
His handling of his Classic-winning St Leger horse, Bob's Return, is a perfect example of this. We have been using the complex for several years now in conjunction with our original yard. Given its location close to the centre of town and the brilliant Newmarket facilities, coupled with its development into an up-to-date training centre with all modern training aids, it offers a great opportunity to move everything under one roof.
We have fantastic facilities in Newmarket for National Hunt horses. The Links schooling grounds include two starter jumping lanes, a loose school, an all weather strip of schooling hurdles/fences as well as full-size hurdles and fences which are moved regularly on to perfect ground. They will also build you a Grand National type fence to school over if you are lucky enough to have a National entry.
The Links itself was an old racecourse once upon a time, and you can still see the old grandstand that has been turned into houses today. All the gallops are brilliantly maintained by the very experienced Jockey Club staff who work extremely hard at all times of the year to keep the gallops and walking grounds open, even in bad weather.
We are very spoilt in Newmarket with these facilities which are without doubt the best in the world.