About Tom

For Tom, being a racehorse trainer is truly a vocation; horses have been central to his life since he was a young boy.

Luck on Sunday 13th December 2020


At the Races Feature 2011


Tom started out riding with the Golden Valley Pony Club and then fell in love with the sport when given the chance to ride out at Venetia Williams's stable near the family home.  From there, via a stint with Michael and Peter Scudamore, he went to James Fanshawe at Newmarket where he spent three years.  Then, at the age of just 21, he became Assistant Trainer to Nicky Henderson at Seven Barrows for five years from 2006.


In 2011 Tom set up on his own at the family farm near Ross-on-Wye and is now in his tenth season and progressing along his chosen path.  At Dason Court horses are very much treated as individuals and winners at any level are seen as a real achievement for all concerned - owners, Tom and his staff alike.  Tom takes a truly patient attitude to training and firmly believes that horses should be allowed to develop naturally and safely in order to fulfil their potential.  Their welfare is paramount.  Tom takes a keen interest in breeding and is a member of  the National Hunt Committee of the Thoroughbred Breeders' Association.

Notable Successes 

FOXCUB – Having known the family so well when working with James Fanshawe, Tom was delighted that Celia and Michael Baker were able to purchase this pugnacious 4 year old in 2012.  He was retired to go Point to Pointing in 2016 with Emma Yardley and came a creditable second first time out. 

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MIDNIGHT BELLE - If you had seen her at our first open day you would not believe she became a seven-time winner. An immensely tough campaigner who loved a battle, she was retired fit and well and now has a colt by Telescope and returned to him this year.

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KAKI DE LA PREE -  A great story so far, was bought cheaply from 2013 Doncaster sales on spec and subsequently bought by our staunchest supporters Sir Peter and Lady Gibbings. Has lived up to expectations by becoming a high performing novice hurdler and novice chaser. He is a true black type performer and can run to a high level when he is right. 

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