For 2016 we are very excited to be working with multiple Group 1 winning trainer Robert Cowell, based just outside of Newmarket.
Robert will be training our 4-time winning mare Marmalady and dual winner Sir Robert Cheval for the season ahead. We recently visited both horses at Robert’s Bottisham Stud and were not only delighted with how the horses are progressing but were thrilled with Robert’s set up!
Robert has many different training methods to what we are used to but it clearly works for his horses (his numerous Group winners can account for that!) Firstly, each of his horses have an individual training programme. He doesn’t believe that a horse should have set days they should work as every horse tends to be at a different level of training. Some horses at Bottisham Stud will work once every five days, some once every ten! He also believes that “a horse should be a horse” and when they’re out in the paddocks they should be completely ‘roughed off.’ It seems to have done the trick for our two horses as they both look absolutely fantastic – despite looking like woolly bears! This is another theory Robert has; he isn’t a huge fan of clipping horses. In fact he uses the horses coat as an indicator of how well the horse is and believes it should fall out naturally, particularly with fillies.
Surprisingly Robert’s sprinters also don’t do an awful lot of exercise at home. The majority of their work is at a slow and steady pace and they will work just 3/4 times before he feels they will then be ready to race. They do plenty of conditioning work around one of Robert’s big paddocks before going a shade quick up his 7 1/2 furlong polytrack.
We find his training methods extremely interesting and are certainly looking forward to learning more about them during the season ahead. We are delighted with how are two horses are shaping up and cannot wait to see them return to the track sometime in April!