Dominic Ffrench Davis



Dominic Ffrench Davis

High View

Folly Road, Lambourn, Berkshire RG17 8QE​
Tel 01488 72342

Dominic grew up in Ireland, the son of a County Meath Vet. His great-grandfather trained in the Phoenix Park and he quickly developed a love of all things horse himself. Pony club, hunting, hunter trials and point-to-pointing among his interests.

On leaving school, when taking yearlings to Newmarket sales he landed a job with Paul Cole and spent six successful years with him as pupil and then assistant. He was an up and coming trainer with a superb team of staff to learn from. While there he broke in several very good horses including Generous, Knights Baroness and Ibn Bey.

From there he joined David Elsworth and was to spend nearly five years with him. Several good seasons there followed with the likes of In The Groove, Dead Certain, Seattle Rhyme and jumpers Desert Orchid, Oh So Risky and Barnbrook Again among the many good horses he was involved with.

Starting out on his own in 1994 with a small string, he has enjoyed plenty of success under both codes. A real superstar has thus far eluded him but has had many multiple winners with the likes of Brandywell Boy, Blessed Place,Justcallmehandsome, Admirable Duque and Hawaii Storm all reaching a double figure tally of wins. Black-type performers Coffee Time, Sir Ninja, and Crafty Fancy amongst his notably shrewd purchases.


Lunch or 4-course dinner for eight with Dominic Ffrench Davis

Kindly donated by Dominic & Avery Ffrench Davis.

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Call My Bluff (Ire)

2017 bay gelding by Make Believe (GB) ex Ocean Bluff (Ire) (Dalakhani (Ire))

The Ffrench Connection

Hopefully we can pick up where we left off last season. He looks like he’s wintered well and I hope he can be competitive in staying handicaps when there’s juice in the ground.

Egypsyan Krackelly

2019 colt by Sixties Icon

We like him and we haven’t done a huge amount with him yet but I could see him winning as a two-year-old.

James Park Woods (Ire)

2016 bay gelding by Australia (GB) ex Happy Holly (Ire) (Holy Roman Emperor (Ire))

Philip Banfield & Dominic Ffrench Davis

Always worked well at home last season and has a little wind-op which I’m hoping will have improved him.

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