Club Trainers

Alex Hales

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 Nicholls

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.

Im a newby but already feel at home. The info and enthusiasm stand out. Being a norf lundunner makes it difficult to make many course visits but I will do my best next year. Keep up your the good work!

- Bruce Mercer

The Golden Horse racing club is simply the best. The knowledge, hard work and support is the best you will find. Thanks for making a dream come true"

- Andy Bradford

"The Golden Horse racing club is rapidly growing and going from strength to strength, the ambition shown from the team is second to none. We are already collecting prize money from our horses finishing in the frame and that money get divided between the owners 'that is us, the members'. The subscription is well worth the money and it gives ordinary people the chance of owning racehorses that most people only dream about. Long live The Golden Horse."


- Geoff Chapman