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Tom Dascombe

Tom Dascombe, who began training in 2005 in Lambourn, was immediately recognized as a shooting star. Another, football’s Michael Owen, orchestrated Tom’s transfer to the England and Manchester United striker’s 160-acre, state of the art racing complex at Manor Farm, Malpas, Cheshire.

Tom quickly sent out Firth of Fifth and Classic Blade to land his first two Group races, the July and Superlative Stakes, on consecutive days at Newmarket. Brown Panther became flag bearer for the yard winning Group Ones in Ireland and Dubai besides the Goodwood Cup.

“My mission is to make Manor House Stables the most successful flat training yard in the country.” Bold words but ambition has been backed by performance – not least this year’s Royal Ascot winner Arthur Kitt, a son of another Manor Farm Royal Ascot heroine, 2012 Queen Mary Stakes winner Ceiling Kitty. On a slightly lower level - high profile nevertheless - has been the treble this summer of Red Force One, owned by Michael Owen’s former boss, Sir Alex Ferguson.

Tom recognises how fortunate he was to leave school and start his racing career with Martin Pipe, where he rode nearly 100 winners over jumps before assisting Highclere trainer Ralph Beckett and Mike de Kock.

Obviously Tom’s ambition knows no bounds and we are soon to be involved with his upwardly mobile operation as he joins our new Northern Syndicates alongside Richard Fahey and Mark Johnston. Tom is aware that while winners are paramount, owners ‘come first’ emphasizing: “We really enjoy showing off our excellent facilities and making ownership a memorable experience.”

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