Tim Vaughan (Cowbridge, Glamorgan)
Since taking out a full licence and moving to Pant Wilkin Stables on Cheltenham Gold Cup day in 2008, Tim has rapidly scaled the training ranks, training over 700 winners to date. A former Chartered Surveyor, Tim rode 117 winners between the flags and was Champion Welsh point-to-point jockey, but it is as a trainer that he has found his true vocation and in April 2012 he became the youngest current National Hunt trainer to record 100 winners in a season.
Tim has trained Grade 1 winners in the UK and Ireland courtesy of Saint Are in the Sefton Novices’ Hurdle at Aintree and Spirit Of Adjisa in the Champion Novice Hurdle at Punchestown, with Beshabar’s Scottish Grand National win another career highlight.
Tim’s attentions since have been focused on increasing the overall quality of horses in the yard and, with the backing of a fantastic group of owners and assisted by an outstanding team of staff, many of whom have been with Tim Vaughan Racing since the start, Tim continues to build upon the results achieved so far, assembling an exciting, talented team of young horses that look set to challenge for the major National Hunt prizes in the years to come.
Alex Hales (Banbury, Oxfordshire)
Alex has been involved in racing since leaving school. Key positions held in formative years include being Head Lad to Charlie Mann, Assistant trainer to Kim Bailey and from 2000 – 2003 was a private trainer for Mr. Andrew Cohen. In July 2003, Alex acquired his dual-purpose training license and since then has achieved much success with both flat and jump horses.
Alex learned his craft from some distinguished teachers and his innovative nature ensures a very forward-thinking approach to training racehorses. A combination of traditional methods with some new style approaches to the management and education of the horses in his charge, underpins the Trafford Bridge operation.
Mark Johnston (Leyburn, Yorkshire)
Mark was born in Scotland in 1959, he became interested in racing through his father’s ownership of horses. At 14 he knew he was destined to become a trainer but decided to study first as a vet and after qualifying worked in veterinary practice for three years.
Mark has trained more than 100 winners for 23 consecutive seasons, achieving success in Classics and numerous Group One races. It’s a fantastic achievement, and the yard continues to show incredible consistency year on year.
Marjorie Fife (Stillington, Yorkshire)
Alexandra Dunn (Wellington, Somerset)
Hugo Merienne (Chantilly, France)
Ian Williams (Alvechurch, Worcestershire)
Mick Appleby (Oakham, Leicestershire)