Oliver Sherwood - Horse Racing Trainer
OUR HISTORY WITH OLIVER
Oliver has been a trainer for the Club since the very beginning. To start with we had a big strapping mare called Coco Shambhala who ran a number of times in the Club colours before retired to become a broodmare. We then bought a 3 year old horse off the flat and sent him to Oliver to go juvenile hurdling career. He broke his maiden tag in spectacular fashion at Bangor-on-Dee on the fifth time of asking easily winning a Maiden Hurdle by 10 lengths. He has been a bit of an enigma since and is now in training with Christa Gilbert in Jersey representing the Club in the Channel Islands. We now have the extremely good looking Peur De Rien in training with Oliver. He is a big horse who has taken a while to mature and strengthen. He works like a classy horse at home and hopefully next season we will see this translated on to the racecourse.
ABOUT OLIVER SHERWOOD
Oliver commenced his racing career in 1974 as a Pupil Assistant to Gavin Pritchard Gordon in Newmarket. In 1975 he moved to Ireland to take up the post of Assistant Trainer to Arthur Moore, where he remained for three years. A vacancy to work for Champion Trainer Fred Winter arose and he managed to combine a successful career as an Amateur Jockey with his role of Assistant Trainer. Oliver was Champion Amateur Jockey during the 1979/80 season and rode 96 winners in total including three at the Cheltenham Festival. It seemed natural for Oliver to stay in Lambourn where he bought Rhonehurst and he took out his trainer's licence in 1984. Rhonehurst is a charming and very pretty yard from which it has sent out over 1000 winners including 6 Cheltenham Festival winners. It has now sent out two Grand National winners, the first being the legendary Battleship in 1938, trained by Reg Hobbs and of course Many Clouds in 2015. Blended with tradition are all the modern facilities associated with a top racing yard including their own equine swimming pool and access to an Equine Spa and Indoor school. In addition, the Lambourn Gallops now promise to rank amongst the finest in the country having recently been taken over by the Jockey Club.
To visit Oliver's website go to http://www.oliversherwood.co.uk/