Ed de Giles, Herefordshire’s top Flat racehorse trainer, started his racing career as assistant trainer to Nick Gaselee in Lambourn. He then moved into ownership whilst working for an investment bank in the City, buying his own horses, which included Group 1 winner Markab. Ed obtained his dual-purpose license to train Flat and National Hunt racehorses in December 2010 and is now in his eighth flat season, having already exceeded £1m in prize money. The yard, Lilly Hall Farm, is set in stunning Herefordshire countryside where the team boasts an impressive strike rate.

Ed is renowned for significantly improving horses and continues to turn a good profit for their owners, both with prize money and in value enhancement. Kingsgate Choice, who started with Ed off a mark of 80, hit a high of 109 and was described by Timeform as “a credit to his upwardly mobile trainer”. The mare Frosty Berry rose by an impressive 42lbs, gaining Black Type in the process when winning the Further Flight at Nottingham and Lucy the Painter went up by 32lbs, winning four consecutive races and gaining the all-important Black Type.

Ed and Claire made a significant step forward in 2015 when they opened their new, state of the art equine swimming pool, additional stabling and high-speed equine treadmill. These new facilities perfectly complement Ed’s superb private training grounds, which includes three private all-weather gallops, top schooling facilities and 75 acres of spectacular post and rail turn out paddocks.

Ed is a natural horseman and businessman who has a great team behind him and a very exciting season ahead.