As the team head to Windsor for week 4 of the Racing League competition, get to know the key players in the Team Racehorse Lotto team…
George Boughey George has always been around horses and thoroughbreds thanks to his background in farming in Dorset. After six years with Hugo Palmer as assistant trainer, he shot to success training 25 winners in his first full season of training in 2020 out of Saffron House in Newmarket. His success has been maintained this season with 50 wins under his belt and his current ranking of 19th in the British Flat Trainers’ Championship only two years into his career.
William Knight A recent addition to Newmarket’s community of trainers, William relocated from Angmering Park in West Sussex, where he trained over 300 winners, including 2010 Goodwood Cup hero Illustrious Blue. Now based at Rathmoy Stables, William achieved his first Royal Ascot win with Sir Busker in the Royal Hunt Cup. Before William went out on his own, he acted as assistant trainer to Ed Dunlop throughout the years when the impressive Ouija Board recorded several triumphs.
James Ferguson James has been around horses all his life, enjoying success as an amateur rider while assisting his father, John Ferguson and having served his time under racing greats such as Sir Mark Prescott and Jessica Harrington. James has already achieved a healthy strike rate of 25% in his second full season of training with four winners in his first season before the COVID-19 crisis put a temporary stop to racing. The newly established James Ferguson Racing trains out of Saville House, in the hub of Newmarket, providing easy access to the gallops on both Warren Hill and Racecourse side.
Stuart Williams Stuart trains from Diomed Stables on the renowned Hamilton Road in Newmarket which backs onto Racecourse Side’s Training Grounds. He took out a licence in 1993, training from Graham Lodge initially before moving to Trillium Place. His first winner was Greenback at Lingfield on March 5th 1993, and he has since gone on to train winners at all the Flat racecourses in Britain. He now manages a 50-horse string that are 67% running to form as of late. Stuart has now secured over 850 wins in his career.
Nicola Currie Nicola rode her first winner at the end of 2016. Since then, she’s racked up over 180 winners and placed in over 420. Nicola has found the most success aboard Raising Sand, for Jamie Osborne, winning twice at Ascot in 2018 and 2019. She has struck up a great partnership with team trainer George Boughey, earning her an impressive 23% strike rate on his horses. Nicola’s favourite Racing League course is expected to be Lingfield, she’ll be hoping to add to her tally of 18 wins at the course, at Race Days 3 & 5.
Marco Ghiani Fresh of the back of his first Royal Ascot win in the Royal Hunt Cup, young Italian jockey Marco is certainly on the up. The 22-year-old rode out his claim as recently as the beginning of July and is continuing to thrive as a professional. Marco’s first win came in 2019 and he’s already reached the 100-mark for this season. He’ll be looking to take advantage of his 42% strike rate at Newcastle at Racing League.
Daniel Muscutt A multiple Listed race winner with over 300 career wins to his name, Daniel is the epitome of consistent. Daniel is having the best season of his career to date, with a career high 60+ wins for 2020/21. He’s sure to relish the trip to Doncaster for Race Day 2, a career strike rate of 12.2% at the course is sure to put him in contention.
Lizzie Kelly Lizzie became the first female jockey to win a top-class jumps race in Britain and made history when she won the Grade One Kauto Star Novices’ Chase on Tea For Two on Boxing Day 2015. Since her retirement in July 2020, Lizzie and her husband Ed Partridge have turned their hands to buying and selling horses under their new business venture, Valentine Bloodstock. She also continues her association with breaking-in and pre-training young horses.