Charlie Longsdon – A Trainer Profile

Charlie Longsdon – A Trainer Profile

Today I continue my series on Trainers, having a look at some of the different stables that work hard and tirelessly to bring us some of the best horseracing in the world, every day of the week.

Charlie Longsdon

Charlie Longsdon born 1976, and is married to Sophie, with one child. He has been closely associated with Nicky Henderson, but has certainly been around a few trainers, and a few countries during his time learning the ropes.

He started off in the world of eventing, and had an ambition to train racehorses from a very young age. He got some work experience with Oliver Sherwood and Nigel Twiston-Davies, before spending the summer breaking in young horses on a game reserve in Kenya, while at while at University.

When he returned he went to Kim Bailey‘s yard in Lambourn as an assistant, and then onto Nicky Henderson at Seven Barrows in 2001, which gave him the experience at the top level, especially with Cheltenham Festival winners.

Whilst working with Nicky Henderson, he won a Scholarship to the USA working with flat trainer – Todd Pletcher. This chap is one of the top American trainers, and he gained more experience with some top horses who went on to win in the Breeders’ CupAshado and Speightstown.

Once back home, he got his licence in 2006 and started a racing yard in the Cotswolds with just five horses, and one of those horses – Kerstino Two got him noticed in the first season.

As size does matter, in 2009, he moved to Hull Farm, which was a purpose built yard in Oxfordshire. With some hard work, and some wins, he managed to have his first runner in the Grand National, and in 2011 Paintball won at The Cheltenham Festival.

He uses jockeys Felix De Giles, and Kielan Woods, and has been entering his horses into bigger, higher value races, and trying to get the Each Way places.

He runs very close knit team, and they pride themselves on looking after the horses well, and getting good wins for their owners.

A solid, up and coming trainer.

For up to date stats, here is the link to the Sporting Life:-

http://horses.sportinglife.com/Stats/

His Website

http://www.charlielongsdonracing.com

The Jag.

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