ARCHIE WATSON has spent his whole life around thoroughbreds and one of the latest trainers to hit the headlines with a number of impressive victories.
He grew up near Lambourn, the Valley of the Racehorse, and started riding out at the yard of Charlie Morlock as soon as he was old enough. After holiday stints with Alan King and Paul Webber and a summer with Graham Motion in the USA, his heart was already set on training racehorses.
On leaving school in 2007, Archie spent time working first at Shadwell Stud in Norfolk before completing a stud season at historic Windsor Park Stud in New Zealand. He spent bloodstock sale seasons working for leading consultancy Blandford Bloodstock and then travelled to South Africa. There he successfully managed a satellite yard for two seasons based in Summerveld, Kwa-Zulu Natal for leading trainer Alec Laird, handler of South African racing legend London News.
After a six-month spell in California shadowing trainer Simon Callaghan, who was at the time overseeing top class Grade 1 winner Belle Royale, Archie could not resist the lure of returning to the UK in 2012 when he was offered the unique opportunity to become assistant to leading English trainer William Haggas.
Archie was able to complete his equine education at the renowned Somerville Lodge in Newmarket by learning from Haggas and his wife Maureen. Together they run one of the most successful operations in the United Kingdom, training for the likes of Cheveley Park Stud, Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum, Her Majesty The Queen, Highclere Thoroughbred Racing and Rabbah Bloodstock.
Working with a large string of horses containing plenty of quality firepower was a dream come true for Archie, who was there to witness Mukhadram winning the Group 1 Coral Eclipse for Haggas in July 2014. Further success was to follow with the likes of Besharah in the Group 2 Lowther Stakes at York, Storm The Stars in the Group 2 Great Voltigeur Stakes and Her Majesty The Queen’s Recorder in the Group 3 Acomb Stake.
After four years in Newmarket, the chance arose for Archie to move back to Berkshire, where he is to take out a licence to train at historic Saxon Gate in Upper Lambourn. There, where names such as Mick Channon and National Hunt legend Fulke Walwyn enjoyed many highly successful years, is where Archie believes the time is right to embark on his own training career.
Source: Archie Watson website
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Contact details: Saxon Gate, Upper Lambourn, West Berkshire, RG17 8QH
Tel: (office) + 44 (0) 1488 491 247
Mobile: + 44 (0) 7717 133 844
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Become an owner
If you think that owning a racehorse is the sole preserve of the rich and famous, then think again. In the modern era, the thrill of racehorse ownership is realistically open to all, and Archie Watson, with his open door policy, is perfectly poised to help you realise your goal.
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At Saxon Gate, Archie will be running a number of partnerships and syndicates, meaning that costs are spread between a number of people while the ownership experience remains undiluted. Whether you would like to be a sole owner or part of a syndicate, Archie is well able to look after your needs. In addition, he has gained a wide experience of international bloodstock sales over the years. Being assisted by leading agents Tom Goff and Johnnie Peter-Hoblyn, Archie will be attending all major Northern Hemisphere yearling auctions in search of the best and most affordable bloodstock.
Please do not hesitate to contact Archie to discuss your ownership options here at Saxon Gate.
Source: Archie Watson website
Pictured, happy connections from Ontoawinner Syndicate who saw Archie Watson send out debut winner Corinthia Knight to storm clear of the field at Lingfield.
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