Trainer George Baker’s new base at Robins Farm

Trainer George  Baker is looking forward to sending out winners from his impressive new premises at Robins Farm Racing Stables near the Sussex/Surrey border at Chiddingfold.

He opened the gates to the public for an Open Day last week when visitors were able to see the excellent facilities and also had a chance to meet his team and some of the horses.

George Baker and his wife Candida outside Robins Farm Racing Stables       Photo George Baker Racing

George has taken over the racing stables where Olly Stevens trained until he quit two years ago.  The premises were previously owned by Sheikh Fahad Al Thani, for whom Olly trained and sent out Extortionist to win at Royal Ascot during his first season at the premises in 2013.

“Not only are the premises easily accessed from London, but they are within easy reach of the French racing, being so close to the coast, should owners wish to have runners there too,” said George.

Having rented at two previous premises, George and Candida have welcomed the opportunity to invest into Robins Farm Racing Stables this time.

The facilities at Robins Farm are outstanding, with racehorses stabled in three barns with spacious and warm boxes.  The barns are all light and airy with windows and views out on to the yard and plenty of ventilation. Rubber matting under the bedding gives extra warmth in winter and there are automated water systems throughout.

Impressive gallops at Robins Farm

Gallops provide plenty of variety. Two all-weather gallops are supplemented by a round three-furlong gallop for a warm-up. This leads to a useful six furlong uphill stretch, For additional variety there is a seven-furlong gallop through a valley, with a testing climb at the end.

In addition to the gallops, Robins Farm Racing Stables has always had outstanding turnout facilities, with 14 individual paddocks.

George said:” We believe in turning our horses out as much as possible and these ‘turn out’ paddocks will be filled with our horses whenever the weather allows. This is a massive opportunity for us.

 “We’ve been lucky enough to train in two of the most reputable facilities with Whitsbury and Manton, but the chance to own our own yard was too good to miss.”

Dawn Approach filly on show
Photo: Jeannie Knight

For prospective owners, eight impressive yearlings for sale were paraded in front of visitors at the Open Day, with three ready to race also on view- Crazy Horse, Dazibao and one by Sunday Break.

Impressive colt by Sunday Break out of Miss Alabama on show at the open day
Photo: Jeannie Knight

In addition , other horses could be seen in their boxes within the barns. These included grey gelding Fifty Shades of Grey, son of sire Verglas, and he was bought at Tattersalls Breeze  Up sales for £27,300.

He was the first of a trio of greys bought and trained by George Baker, named after the trilogy by author Erica James.

Fifty Shades of Grey, happy and alert, in his light and airy indoor stable
Photo: Jeannie Knight

Key members of the team are assistant trainers Patrick and Valerie Murphy, who spent many years as work riders in Dubai, but have been valued members of the team for a number of years.

Head girl is Gemma Spanswick, who joined them when they were training at Manton, while Andrew Cox is finance manager at Robins Farm. Experienced racing secretary, Julia Clutterbuck, remains at Robins Farm, having worked there previously with Olly and Hetta Stevens.
George said: ” Julia has been hugely instrumental in ensuring our early months here have passed smoothly, and her organisational skills are superb.”
Robins Farm currently has 55 boxes, but George is already planning an expansion, and said: “There’s planning permission for plenty more so that will be one of the first things we do.”
For more information about ownership and training contact 01428 682059

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