Mark Usher



Mark Usher

Rowdown Stables

Upper Lambourn, Berkshire RG17 8QP
Tel 01488 72598

I have been training racehorses since 1983 and I am now based in Rowdown Stables, Upper Lambourn, a modern purpose-built yard with 30 boxes with easy access to the superb Lambourn gallops.

We moved into Rowdown on the 1st January 2016 and you can see something of the excellent facilites we have here. My team and I work hard to do the best for our horses and to achieve success and enjoyment for our owners and I pride myself on high standards and attention to detail.

Visitors to the yard are always welcome!




2019 bay colt by Adaay (Ire) ex Sans Reward (Ire) (Barathea (Ire))

Andy & Lizzie Cova

A promising two-year-old type by the dual Group Two winning Kodiac stallion, Adaay. Out of a winning Barathea Mare from the high-class Ballymacoll Stud family of Hellenic and Islington and who was placed in the Group Two Park Hill Stakes (de facto the Fillies St Leger).

Bird To Love (GB)

2014 bay mare by Delegator (GB) ex Bird Over (GB) (Bold Over (GB))

The Mark Usher Racing Club

Closely related to our successful staying handicap mare, Bird for Life, and by the same sire Delegator, Bird To Love is a consistent performer and should do well again this season.

Liberty Bay (GB)

2018 bay filly by Ifraaj (GB) ex Light Fantastic (GB) (Kyllachy (GB))

Rowdown Racing Partnership

She’s a fast filly to follow. She had one or two issues with the scary stalls, which resulted in her being withdrawn from a race at Sandown in July, but she made a satisfactory start to her career on the track in a six furlong Maiden Auction at Wolverhampton at the beginning of September; she then found the improvement that we hoped she would in six-furlong Novice at Kempton at the end of September. A second at Wolverhampton over five, a fourth and a third in two Kempton Nursery’s over six followed before she deservedly got off the mark over six in another Kempton Nursery at the end of November.

Perthshire (Ire)

2018 bay gelding by Gleneagles (Ire) ex Destalink (GB) (Rail Link (GB))

Rowdown Racing Partnership

Perthshire is a promising prospect. His sire Gleneagles was an absolutely top-class racehorse winning both the English and Irish 2,000 Guineas as well at the St. James’ Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot. This gelding’s dam Destalink is from a wonderful Juddmonte family.

Picota (GB)

2019 bay colt by Havana Gold (Ire) ex Break Time (GB) (Dansili (GB))

GAF Racing & Partner

A promising two-year-old type colt by the Prix Jean Prat winner, Havana Gold, out of an unraced daughter of Dansili whose dam won the Prix Maurice de Gheest at Deauville.

Timeforaspin (GB)

2014 bay gelding by Librettist (USA) ex Timeforagin (GB) (Pasternak (GB))

The Unraceables

We put him on the track in a competitive Handicap Hurdle at Kempton in the middle of January where he ran well until just getting tired after the third last; we refitted a hood for his next start, at Newbury on the 20th of January, and he showed the improvement we hoped he would by finishing an excellent fifth, having led from the start to over the second last; he should be highly competitive in similar races over this season.

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For over 30 years, The Lambourn Open Day has been the chief provider of funds for the welfare of our superb and hard working stable staff.

All the profits go towards helping them and their families. The bulk of the money goes to our Registered Charity, The Lambourn Valley Housing Trust. Please see below. The rest, about 10%, goes to helping various facilities for them, such as the Lambourn School, their Sports Club etc, as well as to the Thames Valley Air Ambulance.