New trainers hunting for stock at Doncaster

Tom Clover: new trainer also snapped up a new at owner at the sale

New trainers on the hunt for talent at Doncaster
By James Thomas 1:38PM 26 AUG 2016

AMONG the fresh faces active at Doncaster this week were two of Newmarket's newest licence holders in Amy Murphy and Tom Clover.

Clover is set to branch out in partnership with Jackie Jarvis, the daughter of Classic-winning trainer Michael Jarvis, at Wroughton Place Stables at the foot of Warren Hill.

Having previously spent time as assistant to jump trainer Charlie Longsdon, Clover has spent the last five and a half year's assisting leading Newmarket handler David Simcock.

"I've done my time as assistant," said Clover. "I've learned a huge amount and couldn't have asked to work for two better trainers – everyone knows how well respected they are in the industry. I've been very lucky."

The sale hasn't just yielded new stock for Clover, as the trainer also met owner Omie Rangabashyam – an Indian-born surgeon now based in Singapore – who signed for two lots during the Premier Sale, both of which will now come under the care of Clover. Rangabashym's purchases were a £53,000 son of Sepoy and a Dragon Pulse colt whom he signed for at £75,000. Clover also signed for a son of Foxwedge under his own name at £11,000.

"Omie is a very exciting owner to have on board," said Clover. "He's been very kind and we're looking forward to getting the horses home and broken in now.

"There's no rush to have our first runner," he added. "I've got some all-weather horses to come in and we're going to give it a good kick for the horse-in-training sales to get the ball rolling.

"We've got 25 boxes at the yard, hopefully we can fill them!"

Murphy no stranger to the world of racing

Murphy, who has taken up residence at Hamilton Stables on the Hamilton Road, has worked with for the likes of Tom Dascombe, Gai Waterhouse in Australia and latterly held the position of assistant trainer to Luca Cumani.

"Training is something I've wanted to do from the outset," said Murphy. "My heart has been set on it from an early age."

Joining Murphy's string are her two Doncaster purchases, a £32,000 Arcano colt from the family of Listed winner Chiberta King and a son of Champs Elysees out of a Listed-winning Shirocco mare for whom Murphy parted with £26,000.

The Murphy family is no stranger to success in the sport, with Amy's father, Paul, a leading National Hunt breeder.

"All of my family have been supportive," she said. "I'm lucky to be training a few of our beautifully bred homebreds too."

Among the homebreds Murphy will be taking charge of are Listed-winning hurdlers Kalane and Carole's Spirit.

Former Haggas assistant adds to his string

It wasn't just seasoned buyers in attendance at Doncaster, with a former assistant to one of Newmarket's biggest names also looking for new recruits.

Archie Watson, who spent four years as assistant to William Haggas, as well as spells with Simon Callaghan in California and Alec Laird in South Africa, has taken up residency at the historic Saxon Gate yard in Upper Lambourn that has previously been occupied by the likes of Fulke Walwyn and Mick Channon.

Watson purchased three lots during the sale's opening session and said: "I've worked the sales before with Blandford Bloodstock. Tom Goff and Richard Brown are fantastic and have always been very good to me. It's great to now be buying horses with them.

"We've bought three fillies – one by Helmet, one by Harbour Watch and a Dandy Man. We had a list of fillies and colts but I thought the three fillies were very good value. They've been bought for some syndicates we're putting together."

Watson currently has three horses under his care – Chevallier, Ebony N Ivory and Ride The Lightning – all of whom were purchased at the July Sale, and expects to have his first runner at Ripon on Monday where all three horses hold entries.

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