The Team

Simon Double: Racing Manager

Simon Double - Solario RacingSimon has a wealth of experience in the racing industry having been managing successful racing syndicates at the highest level for 27 years.

He cut his teeth with partnership pioneer, Peter Harris, after which he co-founded Pat Eddery Racing with the former 11-times champion jockey. He then successfully launched Harwoods Racing Club before setting up his own company Solario Racing in 2010.

Besides managing syndicates at Group One level (Primo Valentino and Hearts Of Fire) Simon has been associated with purchasing many good horses at the sales, including multiple winners, Arachnophobia, Hidden Glory, Desert Recluse, Storm Hawk, Spring Romance, Dancinginthewoods and indeed Hearts Of Fire.

Purchased for just £13,000 in 2008, Hearts Of Fire won the Brocklesby and went on to win at Listed, Group 3 and Group 1 level in France, Germany and Italy respectively. Third at Royal Ascot in the Group One St James’ Palace Stakes as a 3yo, he won over £300,000 in prize money for his syndicate owners and was sold for £577,500 at Newmarket’s prestigious Horses in Training Sale in October 2010, the fourth highest ever figure at that sale.

Solario Racing’s Spring Romance won four times as a 3yo and won again as a 4yo at 25/1!  In 2019, the syndicates won three races from three horses, including first time out winner, Dancinginthewoods, who won at Newmarket at 50/1!  He was fourth behind the great Pinatubo and has won twice this year.

Dancinginthewoods has really maintained his form again in 2021, winning twice and being in the prize money in eight of his nine races.”

Amy Murphy: Trainer

Amy Murphy - Solario RacingAmy may be one of the youngest trainers in the country but within three years she achieved Grade One success with Kalashnikov at Aintree. She has improved her winning record stats each year since taking out a licence in 2016.

A former amateur rider, she is now one of Newmarket’s most respected upwardly mobile, ambitious dual-purpose trainers. She has worked with some of the best around the world. Pupil assistant to Tom Dascombe, Amy spent a winter spell with the legendary Gai Waterhouse in Australia before going on to be Assistant Trainer with dual Derby-winning trainer, Luca Cumani, who nurtured the career of Frankie Dettori.

A real horsewoman, Amy is hands-on, riding out with the string each morning. Her infectious enthusiasm runs throughout the yard and spills over in spades to her Owners.

Solario Racing is thrilled to be working with Amy, her husband and Assistant Trainer, Lemos De Souza and all the team at the historic Southgate Stables.

“Looking forward to training this gorgeous colt (Buratino x Archange) for Solario Racing.”

Dean Ivory: Trainer

Dean trains at a secluded, private training establishment comprising some 115 acres at Radlett, near St Albans, Hertfordshire.  He took over from his father Ken in 2002 and has trained 515 winners since taking out a licence.

Superb training facilities include a wonderful mile all-weather gallop, a two furlong nursery gallop, a furlong round trotting ring, a manège, turn-out paddocks, an equine spa and a fabulous indoor school.

Dean started off as an owner before turning to training, so he knows the importance of communication.  “Relationships with owners are important to me because as an owner, I learnt that this personal liaison makes so much difference.”

While the yard is intimate and friendly, there is a burning desire to train winners and be a successful stables.  In 2013, Dean trained a record 39 winners, achieved a record £367,000 in prize money and won his first ever Group race courtesy of Tropics at Ascot.  He broke the prize money record for the next four years, culminating in £900,000 in 2017.

In 2019, he achieved a record 42 wins!