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 426 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 new 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. In 2014, he broke the 2013 prize money level, winning a record £400,000 for his owners and in 2015, again, he achieved record prize money, breaking the £1/2 million prize money barrier for the first time!
Dean achieved a record year in 2016 for the fourth year in succession with prize money won over £600,000, a 23% increase on the previous year’s record haul.
This year has seen yet again, another record year with over £900,000 in prize money won!
Simon Double: Racing Manager
Simon has a wealth of experience in the racing industry having been managing successful racing syndicates at the highest level for 23 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 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 third highest ever figure at that sale.
Solario Racing’s Red Cossack was a winner and placed numerous times, while King’s Concerto was runner-up twice. The latest winner is Spring Romance, who won on just his fourth start in February of this year.
“Spring Romance has all the hallmarks of being a Dean Ivory improver at three while the new boy by Aussie Rules has the physique and pedigree to make his mark both on the flat and over jumps.”