Ralph started as stable lad in 1989, spending a year in Australia working for Colin Hayes and others. He then did two seasons with Jimmy Fitzgerald, a summer in Belmont, New York, and two and a half years with Arthur Moore. After a season with Martin Pipe, he went to work for Peter Walwyn as his assistant in 1996.
Ralph took over from Peter in 2000, training 105 winners from Windsor House in Lambourn. His best performer whilst there was the G3 Fred Darling winner Penkenna Princess, who was a short-head second in The 2005 Irish 1000 Guineas. Come On Jonny won The November Handicap the same year. Whitsbury Manor’s Landlord Chris Harper asked him to go there for the 2006 season, replacing David Elsworth, trainer of Desert Orchid and Persian Punch.
Look Here won the 2008 Oaks, becoming the first and only classic winner trained at Whitsbury. Muhannak won the Breeders’ Cup Marathon in the same year. In all, Ralph sent out 245 winners during his stint there.
Ralph started negotiating to buy Kimpton Down from Toby Balding and his son-in-law Jonathan Geake in 2010. This was completed in time to move for the start of 2011. In all, Ralph has trained 520 winners from Kimpton to the end of 2017. His best result being a 1-2 in the 2013 Oaks with Talent and Secret Gesture. Simple Verse won the 2015 St Leger, becoming the first filly to do so since User Friendly in 1992.
Adam has been Head Man since 2007. Overseeing everything at all times and taking charge in Ralph’s absence, he was a big part of Look Here, Talent and Muhannak’s careers. He is a fine judge, particularly of fast work, and an experienced feeder and leg man. Previously he was Head Man for John Gosden at Manton, in charge of the Barton Yard. He and Ralph are old friends from their Lambourn days, where he was Head Man to Jenny Pitman and Kim Bailey.
James came to us at the start of 2017 as Assistant Trainer. He has a range of experience in racing, coming from time spent with Ed Dunlop in Newmarket, and with Charles Hills in Lambourn.
Richard started working for Toby Balding in the late '80s at Fyfield and worked for Jonathan Geake after Toby's retirement. He started as a Travelling Head Groom in early 2011 and his knowledge of the place has been invaluable.
Sam started with us as a work rider in 2007, when she came to Whitsbury with Adam Kite from John Gosden. In October 07 she started helping in the office, having had no previous experience.… and became secretary two months later. Unflappable and always in good humour, she was also Look Here’s regular rider.
Lindsey arrived here in October 2010, straight from the Racing School. She has worked her way up the ranks here at Kimpton Down, where she is now a Travelling Head Groom.
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