Herridge and Everleigh Racing Stables
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January 1, 2014
January 3, 2014
First winner – Unscripted winning at Wolverhampton
He was born 39 years ago to eventually fill his father's shoes, and when he did finally take over the training licence at Herridge on New Year's Day, 2014, it took Richard just three days to get on the score-sheet, courtesy of Unscripted at Wolverhampton. However, Richard knew that he would be judged on what he achieved on the turf in his first season, and the fact is things could hardly have gone better with 198 winners on the domestic scene and record prize money for his owners in a season when he was crowned champion trainer at the first time of asking.
Success with his first classic runner – Night of Thunder in the 2000 Guineas – was, in Richard's words, “a dream come true”, and he also hit the jackpot with his first Royal Ascot runner, Toronado winning the G1 Queen Anne Stakes.
Toronado, together with Olympic Glory and the stable's 2013 One Thousand Guineas heroine Sky Lantern, have all retired, but Richard is looking forward to the likes of four-year-olds Shifting Power and Toormore being major players in the top league next summer, not to mention potential classic stars such as Ivawood, who got stuck in the mud when losing his unbeaten record in the Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket, and Estidhkaar, who was injured in the Dewhurst but has always been rated one of the best in the yard.
Richard was also proud that Tiggy Wiggy was crowned champion two-year-old in Europe, having looked sensational in the Lowther at York and the Cheveley Park Stakes at Newmarket, and. while he accepts that it is probably odds-against Tiggy Wiggy staying beyond six furlongs next season, he plans to roll the dice in the spring and if the filly shows stamina limitations she will be re-routed to the new G1 sprint at Royal Ascot in June.
Assistant trainer to his father for 12 years, having travelled to Australia to further his education both in a racing yard and at some of the top studs Down Under, Richard has increased the quality of horses in the yard, bringing in the likes of Sheikh Joaan Al Thani and Sheikh Fahad from Qatar and Sheikh Hamdan Al-Maktoum and Sheikh Manana from Dubai.
He has also been instrumentual in upgrading the facilities in and around the yard, with a new all-weather gallop and a plush new office and owners lounge, so, while, having married Jemima in 2011, he never forgets his family values and will always find time for his two young children, Eliza and Jack, his quenching thirst for success at the top level of the sport and amazing enthusiasm will stand him in good stead as he makes every effort to retain his trainer's title in 2015.