Hall of Fame


“Local Hero” wins at Doncaster in the colours of Phil Martin – ridden by A P McCoy

Laterly wins easily at Huntingdon

“Laterly” annihilates the opposition at Huntingdon under Rhys Flint

Local Hero with AP McCoy, owner Phil Martin and groom Sara Thomas

All smiles including “Local Hero” with A P McCoy –
Sarah Thomas with owner Phil Martin

Order of Merit Winner "Royal Shakespeare" parades at Sandown Park“Royal Shakespeare” winner of the prestigious ORDER of MERIT” is invited to parade at Sandown Park with the equine legend “Desert Orchid” (see below)




“Shakey” & “Dessie”

Royal Shakespeare & Dessert Orchid parade at Sandown Park




Jayne gives Frankie her words of wisdom at York!


A young and fresh faced Steve & Jayne with “In Truth” (Ginge) The Winner of The Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Trophy at the Cheltenham Festival 1998.
He was a winner over all codes and also second in the Great Yorkshire Chase.
The evergreen “Ginge” retired sound and still enjoys his life at Highfield.
Owned by Elaine Houlton.


The wonderfully tough and admirable “Springfield Scally” (G. Lee) powers to victory at Chepstow. The winner of 9 races and countless placed efforts, “Scally” won over 100k in prize money. One of the most genuine horses it is possible to train. He retired sound.
Owned and bred by Margaret Hall.

“Springfield Scally” poses for the press after his smooth Chepstow success.

The Champ A.P. McCoy and “Russian George” in the winners enclosure at Stratford.
“George”  was completing a hat trick of wins in novice hurdles.
Owner Phil Martin    (Groom Roy Harrison)

“Local Hero” looks fabulous in the parade ring prior to the 2011 Grade 2 Finesse Hurdle at Cheltenham. His handlers Sarah Thomas and Roy Harrison seem a little pensive.

Jayne and I saddle “Local Hero” and apply the finishing touches, watched on by daughter Nadia.

Plans have been finalised with AP (McCoy) and I nervously go to leg him up.

A P McCoy makes his way on to the track.

Its all over! “Local Hero” has won the 2011 Grade 2 Finesse Hurdle. Slightly relieved we soak up the Cheltenham atmosphere!

Whilst I talk to the press / television etc, Jayne gives the splendid “Local Hero” a deserved pat!
Groom Sarah Thomas.

“Rare Talent” owned by John King, Graham King & Bill Hobson, storms to victory in the prestigious Moet & Chandon Silver Magnum at Epsom.

Ben Hitchcott acknowledges the plaudits as he enters the coveted Epsom winners enclosure aboard the victorious “Rare Talent”

The elegant “Rare Talent” after winning at Chester.


One thought on “Hall of Fame

  1. Looking through the new web site I saw the photograph of “Ginge “(In Truth) with Steve and Jayne and it brought back such memories of that great day at Cheltenham which will live with us forever. Jayne had taken him down a few days before because he was a terrible traveller and then the day of the race came.
    He led almost from start to finish – after the race it was all a bit of a blur, maybe the champagne had something to do with it! Although the Kim Muir is not one of the big Festival races, actually being in the winners enclosure at CHELTENHAM is a dream – JP shook my hand (his horse was 3rd I think )and said well done.
    These days do not come very often and you have to hang onto them because racing, I am afraid, always has more downs than ups.

    Rob and Elaine Houlton

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