Oliver Signy is a young National Hunt trainer, based at The Croft Stables in Upper Lambourn. He was only training for six months before the first lockdown happened and despite the challenges of the past year has been improving the yard to bring it back to its former glory.
At the moment the string is small but he is looking forward to expanding the numbers and filling up the refurbished 31 box yard when owners are welcomed back to the yard again.
Ollie, started his equestrian career Eventing, representing Great Britain at junior level and running a successful yard in Suffolk, where he grew up. He competed and produced a string of event horses up to 3 star level and created a breeding program, bringing back a foundation mare from Heath Ryan’s Australian set up. The most successful horse from this now competes at Prix St George in dressage, aiming for the Grand Prix circuit. Following a serious fall whilst competing, he studied at Cirencester Agricultural College gaining a degree in International Equine and Agricultural Business Management.
Having always followed racing and bred some point-to-point horses, Ollie jumped at the opportunity to work as Oliver Sherwood’s assistant. This coincided with the Many Clouds era, cementing the dream of being a trainer in his own right. Ollie spent two years working at Rhonehurst and learning the Lambourn gallops before spending a year in America with USA Hall of Fame trainer, Jonathan Sheppard. Jonathan moved to the states in 1961 becoming an institution for aspiring English trainers to learn their trade. On returning to Lambourn he joined Jamie Snowden at Folly House as assistant trainer for three successful seasons. Having had such a broad base in horses and been lucky enough to work at 2 successful Lambourn yards, the village was the obvious place to base his own yard.
The first season has been challenging with his first winner coming last July, behind closed doors and with everyone in facemasks – a sight which has now become the new normal. There are some exciting young horses on the yard, which are starting their novice hurdle careers this spring and he is looking forward to chalking up some more winners.
Should you be interested in being part of the journey and supporting a new National Hunt trainer we would love to hear from you!
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MY HORSES TO FOLLOW FOR 2021
Dave And Bernie (Ire)
2015 bay gelding by Papal Bull (GB) ex Iseult (Ire) (Presenting (GB))
Oliver Signy Racing Club
A feisty six-year-old with bags of attitude, he won his first race for us at Ludlow, but was disinterested at Taunton where all but 2 hurdles were removed for low sun. He’s had a quiet few months with a bruised foot but is back to his usual, disruptive self at home, hopefully his run at Fakenham has freshened him up ready to kick on. He will school over fences, as he’s ran in point-to-points in Ireland and make a plan to get out on the spring ground.
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French Paradoxe (Fr)
2015 bay gelding by Day Flight (GB) ex Sculture (Fr) (Shaanmer (Ire))
Mick Fitzgerald Racing Club
A big six-year-old chaser in the making, he’s a talented horse who has produced some mixed performances, winning at Newbury before Christmas but struggling to keep consistency with jumping on the track. He is continuing to grow into himself and do his homework, ready for another effort but chasing next season is where he is likely to come into his own.
No Word Of A Lie (GB)
2016 bay gelding by Milan (GB) ex Agnese (GB) (Abou Zouz (USA))
Dunkley, Gumienny, Mackenzie & Signy
A lovely, rangy five-year-old, he’s a well related half-brother to Lieutenant Colonel. He has ran in three bumpers, finishing second by a head in a gruelling bumper on heavy ground at Exeter and following it up with another second placing at Uttoxeter on good to soft. In time, the plan will be to run over fences, he has schooled well at home and is proving to be a very versatile type. He will aim for a novice hurdle at the start of the coming season and see where we go from there.
2016 bay gelding by Rajsaman (Fr) ex Tunis (Fr) (Dubai Destination (USA))
Mrs Sarah McLean
Another sizable five-year-old, he’s by up-and-coming French sire Rajsamman. He is currently the flag bearer for the yard with a win at Hexham and second at Kelso in bumpers, he didn’t handle the ground at Bangor so had a mini break over Christmas to freshen up whilst the ground was bad. He is now back on great form, placing second in his first attempt over novice hurdles at Sedgefield and going one better to win at Fontwell last time out. He is a really exciting chase prospect for the yard and has learned a lot from his outings this season.