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 private trainer for Mr Andrew Cohen.
In July 2003, Alex acquired his dual purpose training licence and since then has achieved much success with both flat and jump horses. Alex learnt 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. These methods and an individual approach to each horse, ensures that Alex gets the best out of the horses in his care.
Alex strongly believes that owning a racehorse, whether as a sole owner or as part of a syndicate or partnership, should be an enjoyable and rewarding experience. All owners are actively encouraged to enjoy the training programme in addition to the adrenalin rush experienced when their horse visits the racetrack! Keeping his owners up to date on their horses training programme is an essential part of the customer service process. A warm welcome is always assured at Trafford Bridge Stables.
Adrian has lived and breathed racehorses from the day he was born. From the early days going racing with his Father Dandy (David Nicholls) where he received his nick name trotter from the lads in weighing room because he trotted behind dandy’s every step.
At the early age of 15 Adrian went to ride in Norway after finding a loop hole in the age restrictions. After just 3 months of racing he was then teamed up with Barry hills at his legendary stables as stable apprentice, whilst there for a year and a half learning a great deal. Adrian was then offered a role at kingcleare stables as stable apprentice to Derby winning trainer Ian Balding this was a great learning curve learning about all aspects of racing, within 3 years he rode out his claim in the Ayr gold cup.
Adrian continued his upward rise in the weighing room riding multiple group and listed winners, including two group ones this was the highlight of a career that expanded over 19 years riding all over the world riding winners in 12 country’s along the way. All the time learning different ways off training and horse care. Adrian now embarks on his dream role as a trainer putting all theses skills to use. Alongside him is Clare, his wife was born into racing in Ireland with her father and brother former trainers.
Clare was apprentice to Adrian’s father David learning from him and key member of staff Ben Beasley she has a vast understanding of all aspects of horse care and is Adrian’s right hand lady.
Her passion for racing took her to New Zealand for the winter winning big races at both the Auckland tracks Ellerslie and Avondale as there were more opportunities for women jockeys, but a constant struggle with her weight made her ill so she decided to give up race riding and return to Britain. After retiring from race riding she spent a year working in Media which stood her in good stead to start training. She moved back to Newmarket in 1991 and brought a horse called Aberfoyle for 3000 guineas. After four wins, she was hooked! Gay started out by renting a few boxes from Bob Champion but then moved to the state of the art, Whitcombe Manor where she felt it would be the difference between a local B & B and The Hilton.
Gay is now back in Newmarket after a period training both in Dubai and in Lingfield. Her yard is extremely well organised. Gay has to work long hours but still tries to find time for her many friends and is always a very popular party guest. She continues to ride out, makes entries and oversees much of the feeding and training regimes. She is then often off to the races to meet up with her owners and enjoy another day at the races.
A selective trainer who has become more active with runners over the past few years recording his best season totals with 5 in 2017 on the back of 6 in 2016, already has 2 wins on the board for 2018 from a very small string of horses. He's very capable of training winners and as his record is showing, the more horses he has in the yard the more winners he is able to train. A dual trainer who has trained horses to win over fences and hurdles displaying his durability and can recognise the best opportunities for the horses in his care. Renowned for being a shrewd trainer who has proven ability to place his horses in the right races, giving them the best chance of winning.