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Name Robert Cowell
Location Newmarket
Contact No. tel: 01638 570330
mob: 07785 512463
Address Bottisham Heath Stud, Six Mile Bottom, Newmarket,
Suffolk, CB8 0TT
Robert, upon completion of his A levels at school in Norfolk, immediately began work in Newmarket for trainer Gavin Pritchard-Gordon. Whilst working there he was keen to ride in races so took out a licence and promptly rode a winner at Brighton on his second attempt.

Two seasons with David ‘the Duke’ Nicholson was invalueable experience and at a time when the great Charter Party and Waterloo Boy were victorious at the Cheltenham Festival. Robert then set sail across the channel to work as an assistant to John Hammond in France for 2 years at the time when Suave Dancer, Dear Doctor and Polar Falcon were among the stable stars. It was in France that he was able to live the dream which was to work in a highly respected yard with very good horses and also ride as an amateur. John gave him numerous opportunities but managed to get most beat! Robert recalls with a smile ‘yes, I finished 2nd most of the time beaten only the shortest of margins but Johns’ instructions were quite difficult for a novice, “don’t win too far!!”.’ The best story was a ride Robert was offered in the provences for owners Cheveley Park Stud. Click here to read the story – An extract from Marcus Armytage’s ‘Hot Cherry’.

In 1992 he then moved further afield to become an assistant to Neil Drysdale in America. It was here that he was proud to be part of the team when A.P.Indy and Hollywood Wildcat both won Breeders Cup races. After a brief spell as a trainer and considerable success in California, Robert decided to return to England as he had a larger group of owners willing to support him.

Although it is unwise to pigeonhole trainers, in recent years Robert’s skill with sprinters has been exemplary. Group 1 winning Goldream is but the most outstanding in a list of high quality speedsters that have benefited from his assiduous approach which has seen plenty of his charges enjoyed a racing longevity greater than might be anticipated.

He is training at Bottisham Heath Stud, which provides an excellent privately owned base for Robert and his wife, Ghislaine, along with their son, Alex and daughter, Kara. The yard is sponsored by Mr Malih Al Basti’s ‘AL BASTI EQUIWORLD’.

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Recent Runners
Race Date Meeting Race Time Horse Posn Price
10-03-2020 Southwell 1505 Sweet Talked 4 7/1
09-03-2020 Wolverhampton 1940 Gmasha 5 7/1
07-03-2020 Wolverhampton 1630 Green Door (IRE) 4 9/4
06-03-2020 Chelmsford City 1510 Tomshalfbrother 1 6/1
27-02-2020 Chelmsford City 1900 Wondrous Scene (IRE) 7 25/1
24-02-2020 Wolverhampton 1830 Becker 3 7/2F
24-02-2020 Wolverhampton 1900 Reeves 2 5/1
22-02-2020 Lingfield 1440 Sweet Talked 3 2/1J
22-02-2020 Chelmsford City 1800 Krafla (USA) 5 25/1
20-02-2020 Chelmsford City 1730 Tomshalfbrother 5 7/1
20-02-2020 Southwell 1520 Green Door (IRE) 5 4/1
19-02-2020 Newcastle 1435 Arju (USA) 6 7/2
15-02-2020 Lingfield 1510 Green Door (IRE) 2 2/1
14-02-2020 Southwell 1815 Sur Mer 3 100/30
13-02-2020 Chelmsford City 1730 Taste The Nectar (USA) 3 5/1
11-02-2020 Chelmsford City 1545 Green Door (IRE) 3 11/1
05-02-2020 Southwell 1400 Sur Mer 2 7/2
05-02-2020 Wolverhampton 1740 Krafla (USA) 6 28/1
05-02-2020 Wolverhampton 1910 Reeves 5 5/2
25-01-2020 Kempton 1630 Becker 2 3/1
25-01-2020 Lingfield 1345 Coconut Sugar (IRE) 9 100/1
25-01-2020 Lingfield 1530 Leg It Lenny (IRE) 10 6/1
22-01-2020 Kempton 1800 Arju (USA) 2 20/1
22-01-2020 Kempton 1730 Lottie Marie 1 7/2
22-01-2020 Lingfield 1555 Green Door (IRE) 1 4/1
18-01-2020 Lingfield 1410 Taste The Nectar (USA) 4 10/1
18-01-2020 Chelmsford City 1715 Krafla (USA) 4 50/1
17-01-2020 Lingfield 1405 Savalas (IRE) 5 4/1
15-01-2020 Southwell 1720 Sur Mer 2 9/1
12-01-2020 Southwell 1240 Leg It Lenny (IRE) 2 13/2
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