DR RICHARD NEWLAND INTERVIEW - 12/09/2017


Dr Richard Newland is the UK's top small trainer with one of the best strike rates in the country.  The pinnacle of his horse racing career came in 2014 where Pineau De Re won the Grand National.  

Richard agreed to take time out of his busy schedule for davemooretips.com to answer a few questions for our readers.
  
Thank you very much for taking the time out to talk to me.  I really do appreciate it.

Firstly just a little bit about yourself can you give readers a quick overview of your life before horse racing and how racing came in to your life?

I was a GP before developing healthcare businesses which I still run. I had a passion for racing and liked the idea of training as a permit holder so went on all the courses and developed the facilities!


What is your favourite UK race-track and why?

We have good success and Uttoxeter and Market Rasen but I don’t really have one favourite


Are there any trainers that you are pretty close to in the Jumps game?

I find all of them generally very approachable and friendly. Philip Hobbs was very helpful, advising me when I started (he had trained horses for me). Younger trainers like Alistair Ralph and Tom Weston used to ride out for me and I know them well


You have a small yard in terms of volume but your strike rate is one of the highest in the country, what would you say is the secret to such success?

Buy the right horses, get them fit, lots of turnout and put them in the right races!


I know Sam Twiston-Davies rides out for you a lot at the moment, how much of a difference does it make to have such a high-calibre of jockey within the ranks?

It is very helpful. Sam rides out every week during the summer with us and is involved in schooling and advising on all the horses. His contribution to the yard is huge.


I know you’ve been busy with your summer horses but has training started now towards the winter and if so, how is training going with the new season in mind?

Just as busy. We have limited boxes (deliberately) and are full all the year round. We have had several in pre-training elsewhere so that we are ready to crack on with them when they arrive. We should have plenty to look forward to.


You have won some big races in your 10 year training career with the likes of the Summer Plate, Imperial Cup, Betfair Hurdle, Coral Cup and of course the Grand National with Pineau De Re.  What races would you realistic like to pick up this Winter?

I try not to think like that. Realistically jump racing gets more and more competitive with bigger owners paying vast sums of money to buy anything showing any promise. Given that we don’t like to pay over the odds for horses this limits our chances. We try our best to get the best out of all of them without getting too fixated on particular races.


Obviously I know you have a close affiliation to Value Racing Club, how important would you say racehorse ownership syndicates are to the game these days and would you recommend readers to get involved in one if they can?

I think it is important to make racing ownership and the sport as accessible to everyone as possible. Clearly ownership is expensive so sharing the experience makes sense.


Thinking ahead to the Jumps season proper, which of your horses would you say has the potential to make the grade as a possible Cheltenham contender?

Dashing Perk is an interesting prospect who will go for staying novice hurdles initially but could prove above average.


Are there any other horses in the yard you would recommend readers to follow throughout the winter?

I like the look of Audacious Plan, cleverly picked out at the sales by James Couldwell for The Value Racing Club.


Are there any horses in the yard that you have a particular fondness of because of their character etc?

I love Royale Knight. He is such a trojan and has won 9 times for us having started off a mark of 85. He has won 2 Durham Nationals and a Borders National as well as being placed in a Scottish National and 6th in a Grand National. Last season didn’t happen for him as he incurred a stress fracture but I am hopeful he could come back.


If you could pick a horse from another stable who would it be and why?

Not very original but Altior


Thanks a lot Richard and all the best for the current season.