Charlie Longsdon, Hull Farm, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire
Many in racing see Charlie Longsdon as one of the most up-and-coming National Hunt trainers in the country, and certainly results in recent seasons are a great illustration of the old adage that “Success Breeds Success”. Better horses and more winners bring in better horses and more owners. Owners for Owners are looking forward to participating in that success.
Four reasons why he is one of our NH trainer team:
- Forward propulsion: as Charlie enters his sixth season as an NH trainer, the sense of excitement, momentum and expectation of success has never been higher. Since starting out in 2006, prize money won has quadrupled; the yard’s strike rate last season was 20%, with 71 winners; and Charlie finished 13th in the trainers’ championship. The rapid rise through the training ranks looks set to continue.
- Talent in depth: with so many top-quality young hurdling and chasing prospects in the yard, the future looks very bright indeed. It will be great to have another horse with him, and add to that talent. However, not all of it is just equine. Charlie has built up a very strong team of riders and support staff, which will be strengthened even further with Noel Fehily as stable jockey.
- Training pedigree: Charlie has already packed a tremendous range of experience into his short career, including spells with Oliver Sherwood, Nigel Twiston-Davies, Kim Bailey, Nicky Henderson and, in the US, Todd Pletcher. Notable horses under his care with Nicky included Bacchanal, Marlborough, Trabolgan and Fondmort, and in the US, Ashado and Speightstown (one of whose Group 1 winning sons, Lord Shanakill, was trained by Karl Burke).
- Ultra-modern facilities: the considerable investment has paid off. Brand-new stables, 5f woodchip gallop, 1m2f grass gallop, huge outdoor school for basic ground work and loose schooling, new horse walkers and turnout paddocks located in 450 acres of grass and arable land, all contribute to strong, healthy, relaxed horses.
Charlie and Sophie Longsdon, Emma (racing secretary) and Rochey (head lad) all go out of their way to make owners very welcome at the yard. This is a young, modern and ultra-professional set-up.