Tom George

Tom George

From the first winner, Newton Point, at Worcester, in September 1993, Tom has striven tirelessly to put his experience and intuitive knowledge of the Thoroughbred to good effect for his horses and their owners.

A thorough grounding with the British Bloodstock Agency, Gavin Pritchard-Gordon and the late Michael Jarvis, followed by spells with François Doumen and Champion Trainer Martin Pipe, have given Tom a unique insight into the selection of the right conformation and training regimes to win our best Jump races in the UK or in mainland Europe.

Tom has been at the forefront of exploring new bloodstock markets to seek value for his owners. Ten years ago, these included a crop of 17 horses from Poland, resulting in 14 individual winners and over £300,000 in prize money, including Cheltenham winner Galileo, Sun Alliance Novices Hurdle (Gr 1) winner at the 2002 Festival.  

Latterly, Irish bred horses and their Point-to-Point graduates have been a continuous source of winners, and French bred horses have also demonstrated Tom’s talents, like Nacarat, winner of multiple graded races and £1/2m in prize money, and Halley, winner of the €300,000 Prix Maurice Gillois Steeplechase at Auteuil’s International meeting in November.

Assisted in the saddle principally by Paddy Brennan, and home bred Conditionals, the horses never lack for aid from the saddle. The continuity of the team at Down Farm and the careful buying, placement and training of the equine team, has ensured a level of consistency difficult to rival elsewhere, an excellent win & place to runner ratio, an improving quality of stock, and above all, enormous fun for all involved.  

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