Sunday Supplement: Chapple-Hyam on the up once more…

Sunday supplement

By Tony Stafford

Time telescopes in the memory. Peter Chapple-Hyam at 52, has for almost half his life so far been a licenced trainer, from 1991 to the end of the millennium at Manton, and 2004 onwards in Newmarket. In between he had four character-building if not totally successful years in Hong Kong.

Yesterday at Doncaster he returned to the big time with a third Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster courtesy of the 33-1 chance Marcel, in the process denting the reputation of John Gosden’s previously unbeaten Foundation, who finished third, admittedly with a troubled run.

Marcel gave Andrea Atzeni a third successive win in the race and was the middle leg of a Town Moor treble. I know one leading trainer told a friend he didn’t regard Atzeni as a top jockey. The way he steered Marcel clear of trouble round the outside as his countryman Frankie Dettori got stuck behind a wall (small wall in a seven-runner race!) made that comment look silly.

Throughout his lengthy career, Chapple-Hyam has had the knack of winning big races, often at long prices. For instance his 2008 Derby winner Authorized stepped up from a debut third in maiden company to win the same Group 1 juvenile (switched to Newbury) race at 25-1. He also won it years before with Commander Collins.

Chapple-Hyam does not regard Marcel, a son of Lawman out of the Marju mare Mauresmo – presumably named after Andy Murray’s French coach – as a potential Derby winner, hoping he might be competitive in the shorter French Derby – Prix du Jockey Club.

Marcel does not hold the Derby entry, but neither did Golden Horn, and if in his early three-year-old races Paul Hancock’s colt, who cost the princely sum of 26,000gns as a yearling, shows hitherto unexpected stamina, do not be surprised if he turns up at Epsom.

Your first 30 days for just £1

When the Barry Hills assistant took over from his mentor as Robert Sangster’s private trainer – Barry went back to his original stables in Lambourn – the success was immediate. Rodrigo de Triano and Dr Devious both collected a string of juvenile wins before even bigger success in their Classic year of 1992.

It probably helped his cause that while the son of a Birmingham greengrocer and West Brom fan was making his way up the ranks at Manton, he paired up with Jane Peacock, Sangster’s daughter-in-law. I doubt if even the demanding Mr Sangster could have expected him to make such a success right from the start.

Sangster’s purchase of Manton in 1988 was meant to be the showcase both of the owner’s wonderful home-bred stock and the undoubted training talents of Michael Dickinson, switching to the Flat after his amazing jumping exploits. His Famous Five Gold Cup, when he saddled the first five home, and a dozen wins on a single Boxing Day gave him legendary status.

Obviously Sangster’s biggest successes had already come in the Vincent O’Brien days a decade or more earlier, with the influence and great success of the Northern Dancer line which still dominates racing in Europe.

But Dickinson, whose re-modelling of the old Wiltshire gallops earned universal approval, had just four sparse wins in his only season there. This prompted a Sangster re-think and Dickinson’s departure for the US where he won a couple of Breeders’ Cups and later developed his Tapeta racing surface.

Barry Hills moved across for a short time before returning home, having done a solid job in upping the success rate, but it was during the Chapple-Hyam years when Manton was at its height.

Dr Devious won three races before changing hands during his juvenile season, Pete’s first in charge, and ended with a clear win in the Dewhurst for his new owner Luciano Gaucci. By the time he ran and won the 1992 Derby – from St Jovite – he was in the colours of Sidney Craig, whose wife Jenny ran the foremost diet business in the States, which she sold to Nestle in 2006 for $600 million.

St Jovite turned the tables emphatically in the Irish Derby, but it was Dr Devious again in a desperate conclusion to the Irish Champion Stakes when he had St Jovite, who easily won the King George in between, inches behind in second.

Dr Devious was a yearling buy for Sangster, but Rodrigo de Triano was a home-bred who won all five races at two and then after losing the unbeaten record in his trial, had 55-year-old Lester Piggott on his back for the first time when winning the 2,000 Guineas with Dr Devious back in fourth.

Piggott then kept the mount for the rest of the colt’s career, collecting the Irish 2,000, the Juddmonte International and Champion Stakes, but finishing unplaced when his stamina ran out behind his stablemate at Epsom. Rodrigo de Triano was sold to stand in Japan as a stallion.

When the big wins eventually dwindled down to a relative trickle, Pete decided on a try at Hong Kong, but it is fair to say that his temperament probably did suit him too much to sitting down with local owners intent on landing gambles.

So back he came to a new life in Newmarket. Within a couple of years he was guiding Authorized to his Derby and Juddmonte triumphs for Saleh Al Homaizi and Imad Al Sagar and then attracting Qatar Racing’s Sheikh Fahad Al-Thani to his methods.

This year Arod has done very well for the Skeikh, but the much-hyped Hydrogen, bought for 2.5 million guineas, proved a flop. However with owners like Jim and Fitri Hay, for whom Chapple-Hyam sent out Buckstay for a big handicap win at Ascot, as well as Homeizi, Sagar and Sheikh Fahad, his career should take another upward turn. Certainly if talent has any bearing, there’ll be plenty of big days to come.

I haven’t been at a Breeders’ Cup for a few years, and I’ll be watching at home again on Friday and Saturday, with Legatissimo my idea of a banker for the Aidan O’Brien- Coolmore team in the Filly and Mare Turf race. The other race I can’t wait to see is the clash between American Pharoah, Bob Baffert-trained but Ashford Stud bound, and Gleneagles in the Classic on Dirt.

Wednesday offers my boss Ray Tooth the chance of keeping his good recent run going with Cousin Khee back on the level at Nottingham, while the football world will be wondering what further sanction awaits Jose Mourinho after yesterday’s Chelsea meltdown.

It seems to me that he spends far too much time worrying about Arsene Wenger. I’d hate to think what will happen to Jose’s mental state if his favourite “failure” wins the Premier League title this season.

Trainer Stats – 19th Sept 2012

Al Zarooni Fresh From His Leger Win

This week Andy Newton’s got six in-form flat trainers to look out for, plus one high profile name you might want to avoid. Read more

Trainer Stats: 15th Aug 2012

Tregoning Horses Are Hitting The Mark

See who is on Andy Newton’s ‘HOT TRAINERS’ list this week....... Read more

Trainer Stats: 18th July 2012

Chapple-Hyam is 5-from-10 with his juveniles

Andy Newton is back with nine in-form flat trainers to look out for in the coming weeks...... Read more

Sat TV Trends: 2nd June 2012

Pressure On Aidan To Land The Derby

Andy Newton is on hand with all the trends & stats at Epsom, Musselburgh & Haydock this Derby Day Saturday. Read more

TV Trends – Sat 8th Oct


Don't Forget the Draw Change at Newmarket This Year......

The Betfred Cesarewitch takes centre stage this Saturday, but did you know 70% of the last 10 winners were aged 5 or older? This trend whittles the 36 runner field down to 18! Andy Newton wades through all eight LIVE C4 races this weekend....... Read more

Trainer Trends 1st Sept

Donald McCain

The McCain team are in Red-Hot Form

See which trainers Andy Newton is recommending to follow this week, while he could have a handler that you might not have expected to see on the current cold list..... Read more

Trainer Trends 25th Aug

Tim VaughanTim Vaughan has sent out 15 winners in recent days, backed up by a four-timer at Fontwell last week, but which other trainers are hitting the high notes at the moment? Andy Newton takes you though his weekly hot list...... Read more

Moving Up / Down / Out in Newmarket

Newmarket Stable

Newmarket Stables - who's moving in?

You would think that the end of the flat season means a time for trainers to wind down and relax until the New Year is upon us. Far from it.

Even for those trainers who do not run any of their horses on the all-weather during the dark and cold months of mid-winter, the off-season in Newmarket is still full of frantic dealings. Not for future champions, mind.

Come November, the annual hectic yard merry-go-round kicks into action and this year is not short of rumours of who is moving yards and where they may be going.

Since Simon Callaghan decided to leave these shores and set up a training establishment in America at the end of 2009, his Rathmoy Stables have not changed hands and, in recent months, the stables have been filled by overflow horses from Marco Botti’s yard just down the road.

Your first 30 days for just £1

Callaghan took over the reins from his father, Neville, in 2007 and from the gates the family had produced Group One winners such as Danehill Dancer and Magistretti.

The outspoken Gay Kelleway has shown the keenest interest in the facility but at a valuation of £1.4m, it is only the trainers with strong financial backing who can afford such a purchase, and none have done so yet.

Kelleway, perhaps to release some equity, has put her own property up for sale. Queen Alexandra Stables just outside of Newmarket in Exning, is not the largest yard in the area but can boast one of the richer histories having sent out the 1905 Derby winner Cicero.

Kelleway has long talked about relocating her operation to France where prize money is better but claims she has ‘too many good owners to move’.

The next door neighbours have also decided to sell up. Harraton Court Stables, owned by jockey Darryll Holland, has had an absolute fortune spent on it to improve the facilities and the renovations have been seen to good effect with current tenant, Des Donovan, having one of his best seasons to date.

At the same price as Kelleway’s yard of just under £1m, the pair may struggle to find buyers in such tricky financial times. Many thought Holland’s purchase were a signal for his intentions to become a trainer after he retired from riding but now it is clear that he just wants to make a quick return on his investment.

On the other side of Newmarket, Classic-winning handler Peter Chapple-Hyam has also put the ‘For Sale’ sign up outside of his yard.

Since winning the Derby with Authorized in 2007, numbers have surprisingly dwindled at Machell Place Stables. Some cite these losses to the trainer being distracted by other aspects of his life whilst others say he has just been a severe casualty of the ‘credit crunch’.

Either way, £1.5m will buy you his six-bedroom house, 39 stables and staff cottage. Sussex trainer Gary Moore has shown an interest in the property, as well as a desire to relocate to the headquarters of racing, but having just spent a reported £3m to acquire Charles Cyzer’s old yard in Horsham, the move looks unlikely.

The rumour mill continues to turn...

Ross Birkett [Ross is a qualified journalist, and writes regularly on his own blog at He is also the son of trainer Julia Feilden, and has ridden nine winners under rules.]