Having spent far too long shouting down telephones in the City (and elsewhere), George was granted a licence to train by the BHA at the beginning of 2008.
Music Box Express was his first runner on March 1st of that year, and became the yard's first winner later the same month. The team trained over 100 winners from their original base at Moreton Morrell, Warwickshire, before moving to Whitsbury in January of 2011. 56 winners was the return from year one at the historic Hampshire stables, and the quality of horse under the team's care continues to rise.
Our Gallops: The historic gallops have been worked upon by generations of Classic winners. There are several grass gallops and a watering system to ensure fair ground in high summer. There is a woodchip gallop and a Polytrack gallop, both stretching for a mile and a quarter (10 furlongs). The Manton Estate affords ample turn-out paddocks for the horses.
Schooling Field: The schooling hurdles and fences are situated beside the Barton gallop, not more than a quarter of a mile away from the Barton Yard. Beautiful jumping ground, and those who have schooled horses up there have been very impressed. Our Easyfix brush hurdles are easy to maintain, precluding the constant refurbishment that is required on standard racecourse hurdles. We found Olympic hurdling legend David Hemery up there recently - if the ground is good enough for him, it is good enough for anybody...!!
Stables: Our horses are stabled at The Barton Yard. This comprises an American Barn of 54 stables. The stables are spacious and airy, and laid out in a manner that ensures that stable management is very efficient. All the horses can see several of their "friends", and the layout of the yard is conducive to ensuring a relaxed and calm atmosphere. There is a large indoor school and a horsewalker on site, and a horse swimming pool nearby.