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 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 won twice last year.
“Dancinginthewoods has been a great flagship horse for Solario Racing, having won three times and been in the prize money 18 times in 21 starts. I’m sure there’s more to come!”
Amy Murphy: Trainer
Amy 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.
“Delighted to be training for Solario Racing and looking forward to much success with their four horses in 2022.”