Stable Talk The team at Stan Moore's Berkeley House Stables is working hard to keep challenging at the top level. Here he tells Liam Headd how. Pictures by Steve Ambrose

Berkeley House trainer Stan Moore has enjoyed plenty of success in horseracing, both as a jockey and as a trainer.

One of Moore’s biggest achievements in the saddle was in 1979 when he won the Gallinule Stakes on Ardross, who also won the Ascot Gold Cup in 1981 and 1982.

And when he decided to step into the training life in 1990, Moore expressed his gratitude to the late Toby Balding, who helped him when he began in Andover.

Moore said: “We started off in a converted dairy farm and I was lucky at the time because it was next to Toby Balding’s yard and he let us use his gallops.

“I rode for Toby for a few years, so we were good pals and he was a big help to me when I started off as a trainer.”

Moore moved to Uplands for three years before eventually buying Berkeley House Stables in 2008.

And moving to Lambourn was always going to be an option to the trainer and his team, given the facilities that are available.

He said: “Being in East Garston was good because it was out in the country and we had access to Paul Cole’s gallops which were very good.

“But now the Jockey Club have taken over Lambourn, they have improved the facilities so much and it’s as good as anywhere in the world to train horses.

“They’re also in the process of building new yards, which will be a big help to the younger generation coming in.”

In 2007, Moore was named the top European trainer at the International Racing Carnival in Dubai, as well as winning the totescoop6 Two-Year-Old Trophy at Redcar with Dubai Dynamo.

“It was an excellent year,” admitted Moore. “We ran 20 races at the carnival and only one horse was out of the money.”

A year later, the trainer repeated his success in the totescoop6 race with Total Gallery, the same horse that provided Moore with his first Group 1 winner.

“I nearly had two Group 1 winners in a week because Total Gallery’s half-sister, Lady Darshaan, was beaten by a head in the Meon Mile at Ascot.

“It was the nearly week, but winning a Group 1 race is what every trainer aims to do,” said Moore.

“It was a great team effort in the yard because although you need the horses, you need the staff too.”

Only a small team works day-to-day at Berkeley House, but Moore is grateful for their hard work.

“It’s like every business,” he said. “You’ll have your core that stay with you, but you also have staff that will come and go."

Moore’s wife, Sara, plays a big role in the yard too and he said: “She does a lot of the feeding and she works very hard and mucks into it all.”

It’s been a quiet year for Moore and his team, but the trainer remains confident of success in the future.

He said: “It would probably be the quietest year we have had for a while, but the whole yard was almost full of two-year-olds.

“We have about four or five that we’ll keep till next year whereas the rest will move on and we’ll buy a new batch of yearlings this year.”

Moore has raced horses across the world and he finds it challenging when targeting different races.

He said: “Travelling can be tough because if it’s hot then you have to go a day earlier to allow the horses to get used to it.

“You have to travel through the night and a lot goes into it all when you want things to go right because if a horse turns up in bad form, you won’t achieve anything.

“But I think a lot of trainers may agree that this year has been very strange with temperatures and that can affect the horses.”


Photos by Steve Ambrose