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The Team

 Michael Owen

Ex-footballer Michael was born in Chester and began his senior career at Liverpool in 1996. He progressed through the Liverpool youth team and scored on his debut in May 1997. In his first full season in the Premier League he finished as joint top scorer with 18 goals. He repeated this the following year and was Liverpool's top goal scorer from 1997–2004. In 2001, Liverpool won a cup treble of the UEFA Cup, FA Cup and Football League Cup, and he was the recipient of the Ballon d'Or. He went on to score 118 goals in 216 appearances in the Premier League for Liverpool.

Michael moved to Real Madrid for £8 million in mid-2004 where he scored 13 goals in La Liga before returning to England the following season where he joined Newcastle United. After a promising start to the 2005–06 season, injuries largely ruled him out over the next 18 months. After his return he became team captain and was the team's top scorer for the 2007–08 season. Michael moved to Manchester United in 2009 as a free agent and spent three years at Old Trafford before joining Stoke City. Michael is one of seven players to have scored 150 or more goals in the Premier League. He is also the youngest player to have reached 100 goals in the Premier League. In March 2013, Michael announced that he would retire from playing at the end of the 2012–13 season.

Manor House Stables is set in 160 acres and was converted from a cattle barn by Michael and his wife Louise, before commencing business in 2007 as a training yard with 30 horses.

By May of 2009, improvements to the facilities meant it had grown to accommodate 90 horses with an impressive lounge for owners, a brand new office and superb hostel accommodation for the staff. With further expansion in 2012 and continued investment in state of the art facilities, Manor House Stables continues to go from strength to strength.

Michael says:

"My main passions in life have always been my family and football, but I suppose a close third, is horse racing. The joy of owning a racehorse is indescribable, from buying them as youngsters, watching them develop and seeing their first visit to a racecourse. I have owned horses for many years and whenever I have time off, you‘ll find me down at the stables!"

Andrew Black

Andrew 'Bert' Black is co-founder and the original designer of the internet phenomenon Betfair. Following the successful float of Betfair on the London Stock Exchange, Andrew stood down from his seat on the main board. Andrew retains board seats at three other internet technology companies and investments in numerous others. Andrew has a lifelong interest in horse racing and in recent years his business interests have moved increasingly in this direction. He owns over 40 horses and has built a substantial stud farm in Cobham in Surrey. He is an enthusiastic analyst of equine pedigrees and has built a large database to assist him in his research.

Andrew says:

“I am enormously excited to have a significant role to play in the development of Manor House Stables – a stables that I confidently believe will be one of the pre-eminent training facilities in the country.”

Colin Gorman Assistant Trainer

Tom appointed Colin as his Assistant in 2009 and the two have forged a strong partnership, which has been the cornerstone of the yard’s success. Colin and Tom first met in the late 90’s when starting their new jobs in Lambourn as assistants to John Hills and Ralph Beckett respectively. Colin is part of a family steeped in racing. His brother Jim trains at the Curragh and his other brother, Tony, has been with Richard Hannon for 30 years and is now Senior Head Lad.

Andy Jackson Head Lad

Andy joined Tom at Lambourn in August 2008 as head lad, just before the expansion of the ONEWAY operation. Following Tom's decision to move to Cheshire, Andy was seen as an integral member of the team and was asked to relocate. Andy has worked in racing his whole life and has a wealth of experience when it comes to riding and looking after racehorses. Since moving up to Cheshire Andy has done a bit of globe-trotting assisting with our runners in Dubai, Turkey & the USA. 

Paul Gallagher Assistant Head Lad

Paul re-joined the yard in August 2013. He previously worked for MHS as a Barn Leader from the end of 2009 until 2012 before moving back to Newmarket to work again for Sir Michael Stoute. Tom promoted Paul to Assistant Head Lad in January 2014. Paul breaks in all of our yearlings at Manor House Stables. He has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to starting young racehorses and he has sole charge of the training programme for horses using the equine swimming pool.

David Quest Pupil Assistant Trainer

David initially joined the team as a Barn Leader in March 2017 and in November Tom asked him to become his Pupil Assistant Trainer. He brings a wealth of experience to the position as he was former assistant trainer to Henry Daly. As well as time spent with David Pipe and working for trainers in Australia he also holds a degree in Equine Dental Science and a Masters in Equine Performance.

Josh Bennett Barn Leader

Josh is from Southport and joined MHS in January 2013. Josh rode as a child and had his own pony, from school he went to the Northern Racing College and got his first job in racing with Richard Lee. After a year with Richard he left to join Paul Green's yard as a work rider where he spent 4 years riding anything and everything that came into the yard. In his spare time Josh is an avid reader. Josh was promoted to Barn Leader in December 2016.

Hannah Edwards Barn Leader

Hannah joined MHS in November 2015. Previously spent 2 years at Donald McCain in Cheshire and 3 years at Mark Tompkins in Newmarket. She has ridden all of her life and her family live locally near Wrexham. Tom promoted Hannah to Barn Leader in the summer of 2017.

Hayley Ashcroft Barn Leader

Hayley is from Scotland and started riding out at weekends until she made it into a full time job. She attended the Northern Racing College and has previously worked for Ray Owen for 2 years before joining MHS. Hayley was promoted to Barn Leader in November 2017.

Christopher Ely Travelling Head Lad

Born in Liverpool, Chris has worked at Manor House Stables since March 2007. He learnt to ride at the Northern Racing College in Doncaster. He has worked for Jack Berry and Alan Berry. He previously rode as a professional, riding one winner on Bogaz in November 2004 from 41 career rides. Chris enjoys golf and is a keen Liverpool FC supporter. Chris is our travelling head lad and has been all over the world with our runners.

Alyson Deniel Travelling Head Girl

Alyson has extensive experience in racing as befits a winner of the prestigious 2016 Stud and Stable staff awards.  She is a qualified ABRS riding instructor and an accomplished lady amateur rider with 39 wins on the flat and over jumps including the Queen Mother’s Cup and the Ladies Derby. Before joining MHS, Alyson worked for Richard Fahey and John Quinn amongst others. 


Richard Kingscote Jockey

Richard, our retained jockey, recorded his best ever season in 2016 with 113 winners. He has won 13 Group races, including the Group 1 Irish St Leger on Brown Panther.  Richard first got in the saddle at the age of 12 when he started having riding lessons at the Gordano Valley Riding Centre. He then worked ponies at weekends on Brean Beech near Weston-super-Mare where he grew up. At 16 he attended the British Racing School in Newmarket before joining Roger Charlton as an apprentice. Richard got his first ride on Famous Grouse at Epsom in August 2004. In August 2007, after 4 years at Roger's, Richard was approached by Tom and the pair have never looked back. 

Elisha Whittington Apprentice Jockey

Elisha is from Runcorn and got into racing via her uncle Paddy watching it on TV. She then taught herself how to ride on a pony that she saved from being put down. She attended the British Racing School and then worked for Donald McCain and joined Manor House in November 2015. Elisha won this year’s prestigious Stud and Stable Staff award for best newcomer. Elisha took our her apprentice licence in the summer of 2017.

Paddy Pilley Apprentice Jockey

Paddy joined MHS in January 2018 as an Apprentice Jockey. Patrick started riding out at the age of 12 on weekends and holidays, with trainer Martin Bosley. Paddy gained his apprentice licence when he was 16 working for Mick Channon, last winter Paddy made the move to Australia to gain more experience; having over 50 rides in the country before returning to England to be an apprentice for Roger Charlton. 

Office Team

Lizzie Lea Senior Racing Secretary

Lizzie joined Manor House Stables as Racing Secretary in January 2010 following a three year spell at the Racecourse Association as Communications Assistant. A graduate from the Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester, she also had spells as stable lass at Henrietta Knight's, secretary to Kim Bailey and ticket sales manager at Chester Racecourse. Born and bred in rural Cheshire, Lizzie has been involved with horses from a young age. She has ridden out for a variety of trainers and has trained and ridden her own point to pointers. She now owns an ex-racehorse who was too slow for MHS called Bryn Rhosyn who she enjoys hunting and eventing.                 

Melanie Gray Racing Secretary

Melanie is from Cumbria and got into racing via her sister who was a amateur jockey and she started riding out a weekends. She attended the British Racing School and has worked for Diane Sayers and Donald McCain for 2 years. She joined Manor House in September 2015. In April 2017 Mel joined the team in the office. 

Jennie Sherrard Racing Secretary

Jennie joined MHS in October 2017 as a Racing Assistant. She is from Cheshire, and grew up on a dual purpose stud farm and has ridden all her life. Jennie has a First Class Honours Degree in Business Management. Prior to joining MHS she previously had roles in supply and procurement as a analyst in both Agriculture and Forestry. She is also an Ambassador for the younger membership tier of the Thoroughbred Breeders Association.

Lisa Taylor Consultant Financial Controller

Lisa, a chartered accountant has been involved with the yard since its very first days. In April 2017 Lisa came back as a permanent part-time member of the team in the role of consultant Financial Controller.


Hari Rathore Rider

From India Hari joined MHS in December 2012 having formally worked for Brian Meehan for five years. While at Meehan's he travelled with runners to Dubai, Ireland & Turkey and his favourite horse was Burano. Previously he also worked for Stan Moore. He loves watching and playing cricket as well as playing football.

Jitendra Singh Deora Rider

Jitendra, or Jit as he is known, joined MHS in January 2012 but he actually worked here for a few months prior to this back in 2009 when he first arrived in the UK from India with his cousin Dip. He then spent two years in Devon working for Stuart Kittow. Born in India, Jit is married and along with most of his colleagues he is also a keen cricket man.

Drew Slater Rider

Drew is from Oswestry and joined the yard in December 2016 after completing her course at the The British Racing School at Newmarket. Her mum gave her a pony and she started pony racing and the passion went on from there.

Karl Kingscote Rider

Karl re-joined MHS in January 2015. He had worked for us previously before going travelling in Australia. He returned to the UK in 2014 and worked for Daniel Kubler. Racing runs in Karl's family as his brother is our stable jockey, Richard.                 

Nuno Santos Rider

Nuno is from Portugal and previously worked for Tom in Lambourn and joined the Cheshire team in April 2014. He got into racing as he had horses at home and was then introduced to a racing stable by a friend. He did a Conditional Course at Newmarket Racing School and has also worked for Brendan Powell.

Sam Ankers Rider

Sam is from Chester and was encouraged to get into racing by his family and friends. He has attended the British Racing School and worked for point to point trainers at weekends while at school then worked for Donald McCain.

Megan Rhodes Rider

Megan is from Derbyshire and got into racing after completing  work experience and she's always been interested in horses. Megan joined the team in December 2016 and this is her first job in racing since finishing her course at the British Racing School in Newmarket. 

Florence Griffiths Rider

Florence joined the team in February 2017.

Alexandra Yung Rider

Alex who is from Cheshire joined the yard in March 2017.

Jessica White Rider

Jessica joined the team from the British Racing School in March 2017.

Grace Stockton Rider

Grace joined MHS in January 2018 she started off working with Showjumpers for Vicky Sharp when she was 16. Grace has a Level 3 in Business and Law along with a Level 3 in Sports Development and Fitness. She later joined Donald McCain’s as yard staff in 2015 and then started riding out and worked there up until October 2017. Grace is a keen footballer and has been playing since she was 6.

Riders - Part Time

Debbie Gallagher  Yardwoman

Debbie joined the yard in March 2017. Debbie is married to head lad, Paul and has worked in racing most of her life. She returns from a break from the sport to assist in the swimming pool area.

Yard and Ground Staff

Simon Joseph Groundsman

Simon is from Chester and has lived here all of his life. He left school at 16 and went straight into an apprenticeship at a golf course as a greenkeeper where he stayed for 4 years. He then spent time working at Cholmondeley Castle, gardening and tractor driving. Following a brief spell in Ireland putting up temporary stabling at events, Simon joined MHS in October 2008. Simon is a keen fisherman and in the summer he can regularly be found attempting to catch the fish in the MHS ponds!                 

Michael Johnson Groundsman

Michael is from Malpas and joined the team as a groundsman in April 2014. He learned his trade at Reaseheath College. 

He has over 20 years experience in groundsmanship and used to work at Carden Park and Vicars Cross golf clubs.

Abbas Khan Yardman

Abbas used to be a jockey for 36 years in Pakistan where he rode an impressive 250 winners. One of his sons has followed in his father's foot steps and is also a jockey riding in Pakistan. When Abbas came to England he worked for Alan Jarvis for one year, riding out 4 lots each day. His second job was also spent riding out for Mick Easterby. Abbas joined Manor House Stables in February 2008.

Ali Raza Khan Yardman

Ali joined MHS in August 2011. He is from Pakistan and previously worked with racehorses before moving over to the UK to join his father, Abbas, at MHS.

Javed Iqbal Yardman

Javed is from Pakistan and he joined Manor House Stables in November 2008. At home he has 4 dogs and enjoys watching cricket and football.

Nasir Ali Yardman

Nasir is from Pakistan and joined Manor House Stables in April 2009.

April Griffiths Yardwoman

April joined the yard in January 2017 having previously worked in local point to point yard riding out for J.J. O'Shea. April is from Malpas and was educated at Reasesheath College (Equine Department). She got into racing when she was offered a work experience position.

Henry Owen Yardman

Henry joined MHS in March 2017 as a full time member of the team. Locally born & bred, Henry has been involved with the yard since he was at school and regularly worked at weekends and went racing. He has completed an equine course at Reaseheath college in Nantwich.

Maurice Bailey  Box Driver

Maurice has been involved in the racing industry for all of his life and been part of MHS for numerous years. Maurice regularly drives our runners all over the country and is a great asset to the yard.

External Expertise

Matthew O'Donnell Veterinary

Matthew O'Donnell MRCVS qualified from Liverpool University in 1998. He worked for six years in Newmarket at Rossdales Equine Hospital completing a surgical residency. In 2007 he was recruited by the Hong Kong Jockey Club and Olympic Games 2008, working as a racing vet and equine surgeon. He has extensive experience in equine lameness and surgery. Matthew conducts all of the day to day veterinary care at Manor House Stables and joined the yard in the summer of 2010.

William Threfall Farrier


Will qualified at Morton Morrell in 2007 and after he qualified he worked for Godolphin for 3 years and has worked on multiple group 1 winners after that he had a short spell at William Haggis for 2 seasons before relocating to Cheshire to work for Tom Dascombe. Will specializes in thoroughbred race horses and corrective work within the racing industry. Will started at MHS in September 2014.

Annie Chantler Equine Chiropractor


Annie is particuarly interested in Veterinary Orthopedics and poor performance. She founded Wetreins Equine in 2012 with the aim of providing a more reliable and effective service for people worried about poor performance of their horse as well as treatment for back pain and soft tissue injuries.

Chasemore Farm Stud Farm

Co-owner of Manor House Stables, Andrew 'Bert' Black, has created his own thoroughbred breeding operation in Cobham, Surrey, called Chasemore Farm. Chasemore Farm became fully operational in September 2011 and many of our yearlings, including Bert's homebreds, are cared for at Chasemore before joining the team at Manor House Stables. Michael and Bert also use Chasemore as a winter break away from the yard for some of their older horses in training.

DGS Horse Transport Transport

DGS Horse Transport Ltd was set up in 2001 by David Sherlock to provide the Thoroughbred Industry with first class Equine Logistics. They supply safe and reliable transport services for studs and race horse trainers, including Manor House Stables and Donald McCain Jnr. They offer a National and International service, with regular trips to Ireland and France and they attend all major sales.