‘Can you be both restless and content? Standing last week with Graeme McPherson on the viewing platform over his sharply rising gallops near Stow-on-the-Wold, I found a man who answers to both descriptions. An in-demand QC with a big sporting practice, Graeme is also a racehorse trainer with a fast-expanding yard, a glorious Cotswold location and a plan for the future’. Robin Oakley, The Spectator
Graeme took out a licence to train in 2010, having previously ridden and trained point to point horses for a number of years. Starting small, thanks to its dynamic team the yard has grown to 80 boxes and has enjoyed significant success in recent seasons. State-of-the-art facilities and exceptional care mean that each horse in training is given the opportunity to reach their full potential.
After a spectacularly unsuccessful riding career, Graeme turned his hand to training point to point horses from Martins Hill in 2005. After tasting success with the yard’s first ever runner – MR NABARRO at Cottenham – the yard thrived, enjoying numerous wins between the flags and in Hunter Chases over the following seasons.
Licence and first winner
Shortly after enjoying Cheltenham Hunter Chase success with RIEN A PERDRE, in 2010 Graeme took out a full licence to train under Rules. The first winner from the yard’s original 12 boxes came at Southwell in February courtesy of FAIRIVEW SUE, ridden by Jodie Mogford. Since then, the team hasn’t looked back – the results speak for themselves.
Something Specially New
By the end of the 2012 season the yard had seen a steady year on year improvement in results. Expansion followed, with what is now the main yard being built that summer, and the round gallop being added to supplement the existing hill.
Three years later
2015 saw the yard achieve its first £100,000 season and, as the number of horses in training increased, so did the number of winners!
Most successful season
2017 was our most successful season to date numerically, with over 30 National Hunt and Flat winners at a strike rate of over 16%. A £1 stake on each of the yard’s runner that season would have returned a profit of £69.08!
Further expansion and prize money record
2019 was our highest-earning prize money season to date. It also saw the completion of the Another Raleagh yard, named after a long-time yard favourite, and the rebuilding of the top yard, to increase the capacity of the yard to 80 boxes.
The early end to the 2019/20 season, following an extremely wet winter, meant a reduced number of winners for the season, but despite those factors the yard maintained a 50% win and place strike rate for the season and left plenty to look forward to for 2020/21.