The Trainer


Ed started training in October 2010 from The Authorized Yard at St Gatien in Newmarket and made an immediate impact when saddling Riggins as his first runner to win the Listed Hyde Stakes at Kempton. A fairytale start for Ed having been associated with the horse for four years whilst assistant to Luca Cumani and buying him for just 18,000 guineas at the Tattersalls Horses In Training Sales.

Ed's first season then went from strength to strength culminating with another Listed success, this time with the rapid improver, Red Gulch, who won the Prix Du Ranelagh at Longchamp. Alastair Donald bought this horse for one of Ed's clients for just 40,000 guineas with a rating of 83. Twelve months later, with three wins and over £70,000 in prize money under his belt, Red Gulch went back through the ring and fetched a staggering 250,000 guineas. 

Faithfilly was the stable star in Ed's second season, a 25,000 gns yearling purchased by Ed Sackville, she went on to win two races namely the Listed Prix de la Vallee d'Auge at Deauville and when sold at the end of the year she realised 160,000 gns. Handicappers Ruscello and Nicholascopernicus flew the flag on home turf winning four and three races respectively. Whilst Sound Of Guns made an impact as a 2yo winning her maiden before finishing second in the Listed St Hughes Stakes at Newbury and third in the Group 2 Flying Childers Stakes at Doncaster.

Rapid expansion led to relocation, Ed and his team moved to Grange House Stables on the Hamilton Road in December 2012. The move and the changes it brought to the routine were not all plain sailing and this combined with two bouts of ill health amongst the horses meant that Ed's third season did not progress as he had hoped. After a sticky start the 2yo's made an impact with three first time out winners and a further five winning on their second start. The season did end with a bang when Ruscello won the Group 3 Lexus Stakes at Flemington in Australia. Ed's first Group winner, it was a fantastic way to end a season that had been far from easy.  

In December 2013 Ed and his team were on the move again, this time to the historic Warren Place where the great Sir Henry Cecil trained so successfully. 2014 proved to be Ed's best season to date in terms of both winners and prize money with 40 winners and over £340,000 in prize money. The obvious highlight was Lightning Moon who started the season unraced and ended it as an unbeaten three time winner including the Group 3 Bengough Stakes at Ascot in October, he is an enormously exciting prospect for 2015 and hopefully beyond. Glorious Protector won a Listed race at Windsor in August and the most emotional success was Livia's Dream winning a Listed race at Kempton in November on her final start before heading to the breeding paddocks. Glorious Empire and Outlawed were two very promising 3yo's who won five races between them before both being sold to Hong Kong. Of the 2yo's Invincible Gold and Dark Kingdom both won twice and look like nice prospects and Dark Wave was the best improver winning three on the bounce in handicaps. Persona Grata deserves a mention, again she started the year as unraced and ended up being three from three by Christmas and was only very narrowly denied her four timer. All in all a very satisfying year and one that we would be a platform for better things is 2015

After having a successful first season at Warren Place Ed went on to better that in 2015 and although he had four winners less than in 2014 the total prize money earnt went over the £350,000 barrier. There were many highlights in what was a fruitful year including arguably most memorably the famous five timer which made many a headline in the following days Racing Post. The 27th June Ed sent out five winners across the country in which what turned out to be a historic day, the most notable success was Aeolus winning the Group 3 Chipchase Stakes at Newcastle. Ed also hit the frame in a pair of Group 1 races, exciting two year old Stormy Antarctic finished a head second in the Criterium International at Saint Cloud and stable stalwart Mutatis Mutandis finished a gallant third in the Group 1 Flower Bowl at Belmont. Again Persona Grata wins the award for the most progressive horse in the yard as she continued her fine form from late in 2014 into 2015 and climbed the handicap ranks making into a two time Listed winner and a Group 3 placed mare.

After a difficult year in 2016 where Ed trained from Eve Lodge Stables on the Hamilton Road in Newmarket, Ed finally found himself a more permanent base in Kingsdown Stables. After two relocations in 12 months, and now in his fifth yard after six years of training, Ed and his team are delighted to be in Upper Lambourn and have made a very good start to 2017. 

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15 Sep 2017 | Ben Harris Two unraced two year olds make their debuts this afternoon
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Gallery


The string walking home from our Neardown grass gallop.
Stormy enjoying his paddock at Kingsdown!
Stormy Antarctic in his new home at Kingsdown Stables
A rather wintery morning in Upper Lambourn!
2yo's lining up in front of Kingsdown House
Ultimate Avenue on the Cambridge Road polytrack under Deepak Gaikwad.
Bold Prediction under David Phipps on the Cambridge Road polytrack.
Three unraced 2yo's on the Cambridge Road polytrack.
Betty The Thief on the Cambridge Road polytrack.