After leaving school he went to work in Australia for Colin & Peter Hayes. On his return to the UK he then spent two years with James Fanshawe as Assistant Trainer. On returning home the rest of his education was spent working under his father before taking over the licence in August 2011.
Less than two years after taking the helm at Faringdon Place Charlie trained his first classic winner when Just The Judge won the Irish 1,000 Guineas. She was swiftly followed by European Champion two year old filly and Breeders Cup winner Chriselliam. The best horse to have passed through Charlie’s hands so far is the European Champion sprinter Muhaarar, who became the first three year old sprinter ever to win four Group 1 races in one season. However another exciting sprinter Battaash, winner of the Group 1 Prix de l’Abbaye in scintillating fashion, is a very exciting prospect for 2018.
Muhaarar became the first and only three year old sprinter ever to win four Group 1 races in one season. Other high class horses Charlie has trained are Battaash (Group 1), Just The Judge (Group 1), Chriselliam (Group 1), Dutch Connection (Group 2), Magical Memory (Group 2), Cable Bay (Group 2), Ransom Note (Group 2), Cotai Glory (Group 3), Phoenix of Spain (Group 3), Nebo (Group 3), Hazel Lavery (Group 3), Kiyoshi (Group 3), Coral Mist (Group 3), Strath Burn (Group 3), Jallota (Group 3),Ibn Malik (Listed), Silver Rainbow (Listed), Sajwah (Listed), Slumber (Listed) and Letsgoroundagain (Listed).
As well as the domestic Group 1’s Charlie has won Group 1 races in the USA, Canada Ireland and France – making it a truly international stable.
Each barn also has two head lads within it. We have four travelling head lads Geoff Snook, John Burrows, Mark Lashly and Mark Whitehouse.
In office we have Racing Secretary Steph and Assistant Racing Secretary Helen, who are ably assisted on a part time basis by Debbie. Myra keeps our spending habits under control in her role as Book Keeper.