Tom Dascombe will move on to Lambourn in the famous Uplands Stable as he sends the last runner to the yard of Michael Owen | Race News


Tom Dascombe will continue his coaching career at Lambourn after dispatching his latest rider from Michael Owen’s Manor House stables on Saturday.

The 48-year-old signed a lease on Uplands, a yard made famous by Fred Winter and more recently the base of Warren Greatrex.

Dascombe spent 12 years at Manor House and tasted classic success with Brown Panther, who won the 2014 Irish St Leger, and sent over 700 winners to the Cheshire yard, which will now host Hugo Palmer.

His final Manor House runner will be Misty Gray in Wolverhampton, live on Sky Sports Racing.

“I’ve always said that I’ve been in horse racing for thirty years and never worked a day, but the last two months I’ve really had to graft to find somewhere to go,” said Dascombe at Sky Sports Racing.

“It’s been difficult but I’ve been lucky because so many people over the past thirty years have been so kind and helpful.

“I wanted to go to Lambourn and it took a bit of time but it looks like I finally have somewhere.

“It’s so important to know what you’re doing. You can have all the passion in the world, but if you don’t know how to gallop, you’re going to struggle to do everything right.

“Going back to Lambourn will be a big help because I’ve worked there for 15 years and I know the place like the back of my hand.

“I feel at home and it will make a huge difference.”

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Dascombe leaves the stables of Michael Owen’s mansion this week

Dascombe added: “I have to thank my new owners at Uplands, Amber Varcoe and Dominic Hoult, for their support and mutual desire to see this great yard among the winners and I can’t wait to start a new chapter in my career.

“But I have enjoyed my 12 years at Manor House Stables. We have shared the success of the Classic and many winners, and it would be nice to think that Misty Gray can end this chapter of my career on a high.

“I am extremely grateful to Michael Owen and Andrew Black (the ex-footballer’s former business partner) for giving me the opportunity to effectively grow the team from zero to a thriving operation and we are proud of what we have accomplished.

“We shared memories that will be impossible to erase and I will always be so proud to have coached Michael’s Brown Panther to victory in Classic and Royal Ascot. We shared good times and now I have looking forward to having some more at Uplands.”

Hugo Palmer has moved to Cheshire to join the stables at Michael Owen's mansion
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Hugo Palmer moves to Cheshire to join the Owen shipyard

Dascombe, who spent two years with Mike de Kock and was assistant to Ralph Beckett, launched his own coaching career at Lambourn in 2005.

He trained many two-year-old winners and won two Group Twos in as many days at the Newmarket meeting in July 2008, before teaming up with Owen.

The pair enjoyed success with Brown Panther, who won the Irish St Leger, Dubai Gold Cup, Goodwood Cup and King George V Stakes at Royal Ascot, earning over £1.1million before suffering a fatal injury defending his Irish St Leger. crown in 2015.

Now he is looking to rebuild from scratch after Owen’s surprise announcement in December of Dascombe’s departure.

Dascombe added: “At the time it was a shock but Michael and Andrew Black wanted to go in a different direction and that’s their prerogative. I will always be really grateful for the luck and for the good times we had. shared.

“I’m just thrilled to be starting again at Lambourn.

“How many horses will we have? The answer is simple: I have no idea.

“I wanted to sign at a yard with 106 stables, but I ended up signing with a yard that has 20 stables available. On the first day I will just have empty stables. On the second day I want to have some more only that.

“But I’m delighted to be back at Lambourn and I’m looking forward to the future.”




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