Mark has been involved with horses from an early age and was a keen rider throughout his childhood. When it came to choosing a career path, Mark was quick to spurn the option of working for the family business in insurance and chose to pursue a life with horses instead.
Mark’s affinity with horses and excellent organisational skills meant his potential was soon recognised. He played an important part in the training of horses such as Diamond Edge and Special Cargo who won the Whitbread for the Queen Mother. He also contributed to the success of top staying hurdler Rose Ravine and the successful Crimson Embers, who was twice victorious in The Ladbrokes World Hurdle.
He also had success as an amateur jockey having ridden 18 winners, including three for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother. In 1992 Mark began training in his own right with his wife Sara, who herself has an exemplary racing pedigree as the daughter of the well-known amateur jockey, journalist and television pundit, Lord Oaksey, and granddaughter of shrewd trainer “Ginger” Dennistoun. Without any owners at the beginning, they started with only a few horses but it wasn’t long before Mark had trained his first winner, Deep Impression, a horse who had lost his form under another trainer.
Throughout his career, Mark has demonstrated his profound ability as a trainer, buyer and breeder of National Hunt racehorses. Even from the beginning, Mark had an impressive track record for spotting and buying comparatively inexpensive young horses, and patiently developing their potential, all of which has enabled him to maximise their performance as athletes. There has never been a time when a horse has left their yard and improved under another trainer, all of which is testament to the dedication and expertise of Mark and his team.
Mark pays particular attention to every aspect of the horse’s individual training and racing plan and through the years the Bradstocks have enjoyed some fabulous wins, all from horses that were inexpensive or came to the yard unbroken. Some of these include Go White Lightning, Piper’s Son, Cossack Dancer, Tambo and not to be forgotten, the Cheltenham festival winner King Harald, and after giving so much to the sport these talented horses are now enjoying retirement. The Bradstocks current string of horses is also proving to be extremely promising, with many stars already in the making, and again were purchased cheaply or backed under the tutelage of Mark and his team.
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Contact details: Old Manor Stables, Letcombe Bassett, Wantage, Oxfordshire, OX12 9LP, United Kingdom
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