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Name Sir Mark Prescott
Location Newmarket
Contact No. tel: 01638 662117
Address Heath House, Newmarket,
Suffolk, CB8 8DU
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Date Meeting Time Horse Age Weight Jockey
21-10-2019 Southwell 1800 Capla Cubiste 2 9 0 L Morris
The phrase ‘something of a character’ is applied to many but it befits none so well as devoted country sports enthusiast Sir Mark Prescott Bt.

His training career since he first took Heath House Stables from his early mentor Jack Waugh in 1970 has been an object lesson in the maxim that if a job is worth doing it is worth doing well. The thoroughness of the Prescott approach bore fruit in the early days with the placement of predominantly modest horses according to their abilities at ordinary tracks with journey up the up A1 to Catterick being particularly familiar to horse box drivers with a ‘Prescott cargo’.

The enduring of a relationship with long time stable jockey George Duffield came to be seen as the epitome of stability with the pair always on the same wavelength whilst maintaining suitable professional distance. There seemed a point in the arc of his training career when his ability to fashion success with horses of limited talent would become self sustaining, but from the mid 1990s onwards the increased patronage of breeding leviathans such as Cheveley Park and Lanwades Stud (in the person of Kirsten Rausing) brought the profile and step up in quality that many rightly regarded as Sir Mark’s just reward.

The success of Pivotal (later to become a ’superstar’ stallion) in the King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot and subsequent victory in the same year’s renewal of York’s Nunthorpe Stakes ushered in a period of sustain success at the top level with Alborada winning the Nassau and the Champion Stakes (twice in 1998 and 1999) with the Group One Goodwood summer showpiece also being captured by her dam’s half sister Last Second.

The victory of Hooray in the 2010 Cheveley Park attested Sir Mark’s ability to train a high class two year old and a reminder for those who had not been around for the remarkable career of tough as teak juvenile Spindrifter who won a remarkable thirteen races in 1980 thanks to Sir Mark’s intimate knowledge of the entry system and the then prevailing penalty structure. As one might expect for such a meticulous operator, placing of horses for prestige handicaps is a speciality at Heath House with 1988 Cambridgeshire Quinlan Terry being but one example, amongst many, of the art.

There was something of a hiatus for group winners at the top level amongst older horses at Group One level after the victory of Confidential Lady in the French Oaks in 2006, but the recent victories of stop class sprint filly Marsha in the 2016 Prix De L’Abbaye and in the 2017 Nunthorpe have served as conclusive proof that the ‘magic’ remains intact.

One of the surprising features of Heath House life in recent times has been the embrace of social media. This once assumed to be wholly implausible development has taken place under of William Butler who Sir Mark’s designated successor. Those who naively assumed they get a direct route to the workings of ‘the Master’s Mind’ will be inevitably disappointed upon inspection of the output, but as a public face of the operation it keeps public interest up to a suitable level.

There are clearly many more years of training behind Mark Prescott than in front of him, but his succession is in place. It is hard, however, not to reflect that after the fashion of Shakespeare in the person of Hamlet that ‘we shall not see his like again.’ IN the meantime, however, the winners continue to flow ...

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Recent Runners
Race Date Meeting Race Time Horse Posn Price
17-10-2019 Wolverhampton 1945 All Points West 8 7/2
17-10-2019 Brighton 1355 Sunset Breeze 2 2/1
16-10-2019 Southwell 1755 Escalade (IRE) 1 33/1
16-10-2019 Nottingham 1430 Lismore (IRE) 6 40/1
14-10-2019 Yarmouth 1515 Revolver (IRE) 6 100/1
14-10-2019 Yarmouth 1410 Kitos 8 12/1
12-10-2019 Newmarket 1610 Land Of Oz 27 15/2
12-10-2019 Newmarket 1420 Tell Me All 8 16/1
12-10-2019 Newmarket 1610 Timoshenko 28 12/1
12-10-2019 Wolverhampton 1900 Albanita 6 8/1
12-10-2019 Wolverhampton 1930 Belle Rousse 10 100/1
11-10-2019 Newmarket 1610 Battle of Paradise (USA) 19 9/1
10-10-2019 Kempton 1730 Theheartneverlies 9 100/1
09-10-2019 Kempton 1810 Final Rock 10 14/1
08-10-2019 Chelmsford City 1840 Volcanique (IRE) 2 9/2
08-10-2019 Brighton 1430 Capla Cubiste 3 14/1
08-10-2019 Brighton 1400 Positive Light (IRE) 10 25/1
07-10-2019 Windsor 1640 Festina 7 16/1
05-10-2019 Wolverhampton 2030 All Points West 2 3/1F
05-10-2019 Ascot 1615 Miss Celestial (IRE) 2 16/1
05-10-2019 Wolverhampton 1830 Sunset Breeze 2 17/2
04-10-2019 Ascot 1545 Altra Vita 5 25/1
04-10-2019 Southwell 1800 Animal Instinct 2 9/2
04-10-2019 Southwell 1830 Najm 3 7/1
03-10-2019 Lingfield 1515 Revolver (IRE) 10 66/1
03-10-2019 Lingfield 1620 On Route 7 2/1F
03-10-2019 Lingfield 1655 Road To Paris (IRE) 1 5/1
03-10-2019 Chelmsford City 1730 Escalade (IRE) 8 50/1
02-10-2019 Kempton 1810 Lismore (IRE) 11 200/1
02-10-2019 Kempton 1910 Grey Spirit (IRE) 3 12/1
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