David Griffiths Racing
About David And The Team
At DCG Racing we are committed to your horses needs every horse is trained as an individual no horse is the same.
The team uses a laid back approach and we feel this is necessary especially with sprinters and to keep horses happy.
Martin Hall Farm is very unique with its location being so quite many horses that have been difficult to train in previous yards have settled and results show.
The team is a young enthusiastic and very knowledgeable group that has a passion for success.
A New Generation
David started his career in racing in 1990 at Ian Baldings at kingsclere this is one of the best groundings any young jockey starting out could ever have. Whilst there he rode winners for many high profile owners including the Queen , Paul Melon , George Strawbridge etc. During winter months he also rode in America and Australia.
He moved on in 1997 to Reg Holinshead where he continued his apprenticeship before becoming a free lance jockey. ridding for mainly for Paul Cole
David has ridden winners in Europe and Australia.
In 2000 David was involved in a gallops accident ultimately ending his riding career and leaving him with a fracture of the vertebra (c2).
Although no longer being able to ride as a jockey David was very focused of his future of training him self and after recovering from his injury he worked at William hill radio ,Mr David Barron and then becoming a jockey coach at the Northern Racing Collage. In this time he also met his wife to be in 2010 David begun training and this has become a very success full operation with winners in England and Ireland also winning 7 listed races, 1 G3 & 2 G2 to date and numerous high grade handicap winners
and places at big festival meetings such as York Dante Meeting, Glorious Goodwood, Chester may Meeting Epsom derby etc
including the Epsom dash on derby day
From only a small string of horses and along with the quality of races above still each year attaining double figure wins in a calendar year with a range of horses from 2yrs -12yrs
David excels with complicated horses who in order to achieve there best or get old form back when it has been lost he thinks out of the box and no stone is left unturned.
(David Griffiths right)
Sophie plays a massive role at DCG Racing not only Davids wife mother to there two children and assistant trainer she is usually seen with Take Cover many times running to the start.
Sophie career has span 15 years in the industry but from 4 years old being involved with horses Sophie is very passionate about her horses and gives 110% when it comes to there care and needs, she understands them and loves to work out how to get even the most difficult horses to relax enjoy racing
(riding take cover left)
OUR OUTSIDE TEAM
DCG Racing has a fabulous out of house team on hand with physios, vets, farriers, transport, dentist, ect. this is a massive help in any racing yard to have such a strong outside team to hand
here is a list:
HELEN WALLACE - h w equine physio
COTTAGE FORGE FARRIERS- farrier
BAKER Mc VEIGH & ABBORT LTD- vets
GARRY LYONS- equine dentist
Ray worked for DCG for 4 years before taking a year off to go to Hong Kong on returning he worked for 2 stables before returning back to the team Ray is one of the best team members there can be he takes great pride in his horses and loves to attend race meetings he has recently also started ridding out as well as been an excellent Yard man
Sean has joint the team in mid 2019
hes a very laid back and happy
he loves a quirky horse and has patience of a saint works very well within the team
and there is never a dull moment with Sean around and he always has smile on his face regardless of the weather.
hes also applied for his amateur license
the two jockeys below play a big part of the team they ride out with the team getting used to the horses to be able to have a good understanding of them at the track also riding racecourse gallops.