GB: Sean Woods to resume training career from top Newmarket yard

Horse Racing Sean Woods trainer
In happier Hong Kong times: Sean Woods with HKJC CEO Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges.
Photo: HKJC

By Jon Lees

GB: Sean Woods is close to resurrecting his training career in Britain after completing the purchase of Jeremy Noseda’s yard in Newmarket.

UPDATE: Sean Woods back in business in Britain and ready with some ‘cracking’ youngsters

Woods spent a successful ten-year spell in Newmarket before he made the switch to Hong Kong in 2002, where he was based until 2016.

He returned to Britain intent on relaunching as a trainer, subject to finding suitable premises, and hopes to be ready to send out his first runners towards the end of the year.

USA: Wesley Ward unleashes juveniles with Royal Ascot in mind – and Frankie’s watching

During his first stint in Newmarket, Woods trained more than 250 winners and enjoyed G1 success with miler Mistle Cat. In Hong Kong he sent out 279 winners with his horses winning more than HK$239 million (nearly £25m) in prize-money.

Woods, 54, said: “We’ve bought Shalfleet – the deal is completed and we are in the yard. I have at least three to four months of refurbishment to carry out before I can get it near to the way I want it. In these troubled times that is a little bit difficult, but the family is all hands to the pump and we are getting stuck in.

“The position of the yard is position A, bang in the middle of the Bury Road. You can’t get better. I had had my eye on the yard for a while. It has all the facilities, I just have to make it work.

“It has taken three or four years for me to find the right place. I used to own La Grange Stables (now Ed Dunlop’s base) when I was 26 so I know what you need to operate in the town.”

Shalfleet Stables, which has 93 boxes, an indoor school and four-bedroom house on a 3.5 acre site, had been on the market for offers over £2.75m since Noseda announced he was quitting the training ranks in June last year.

Noseda trained at Shalfleet for 22 seasons when his many big race winners included the 2006 St Leger winner Sixties Icon, 2006 Irish 2,000 Guineas winner Araafa and 2004 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Wilko, as well as nine Royal Ascot winners.

GB: Sleepless in Lambourn – Kenzai Warrior’s 2,000 Guineas challenge keeping Roger Teal awake at night

GB: ‘Flying’ Khaadem to join Battaash for Charlie Hills in Royal Ascot sprint assault

GB: Pinatubo leads a cast of stars: Charlie Appleby talks about his Godolphin team

GB: Ben Curtis – ‘My only regret is I didn’t get the all-weather record’