Clare Bailey

Clare is married to Kim. As well as looking after their son Archie, she rides out every day and plays an important part in making Thorndale Farm the special place it is.

Mat Nicholls - Assistant Trainer

Mat started working at Thorndale Farm in 2008 when he came as Head Lad/Assistant and in 2015 became Kim's full time Assistant.

Mat started out in racing working for Nigel Twiston-Davies (TFFFN) and after six years having moved up the ranks, Mat spent a further six years as Head Lad to Tom George. He then joined Carl Llewellyn for a season as his number 2 but was lured back to the Cotswolds.

Away from racing Mat is an avid Nottingham Forest supporter and if the racing is not on you can guarantee he'll be watching his team!

Archie Bailey - Pupil Assistant!

Archie when he is not at a school is in the yard on a daily basis and spends most of his time either riding out or helping (annoying) Mat.

He loves being in the yard and around the horses and is looking to make a career out of racing. ps his father hopes not.

Jack Jones - Pupil Assistant

Jack has recently graduated from Reading University where he studied Agriculture and Business Management.  Whilst at Reading he rode out for Nicky Henderson and had nine point to point rides and three wins.  Jack has joined us at Thorndale to learn all aspects of training racehorses and his long term aim is to one day train for himself.

When not working Jack enjoys a days shooting, keeping fit and going racing and point to pointing.

Leigh Pollard - Travelling Head Girl

Leigh is Travelling Head girl and turns out the horses immaculately which is shown by the huge number of Best Turned Out prizes she wins regularly. Previously worked for David Redvers at Tweenhills Stud and worked for Phil York in Surrey who trained point to pointers before starting work for us.

She has a few horses of her own including Charles who was trained by Kim and she looked after whilst in training.

Sinead Alderman - 2nd Travelling Head Girl

Sinead has joined us from Jo Davis and Nicky Henderson's. She has worked in racing for the six years and has joined us as 2nd Travelling Head Girl and will assist Leigh with all the travelling duties.

Sinead has ridden as an apprentice on the flat and came into race through the ever popular Pony Racing and also through her father having worked in racing. 

George Savill - Barn Leader

George joined us from Rod Millmans but has worked in racing for six years for the likes of John Best. He has plenty of racing experience and has settled into life here at Thorndale well.

George is an avid Arsenal fan and will be seen supporting them when he has time away from Thorndale.

Liam Higgins - Tractor Driver/Gallop Man

Liam is better known as ‘Higgs’ and comes from Ireland. He originally worked there for the famous PP Hogan and rode in point to points for him. Higgs started working for Kim in 1980 when he first started training and was based in East Ilsley.

Bar an 18 month spell with Jimmy Neville in Wales, he has been with Kim ever since. As well as riding out, he breaks in all the young horses and is in charge of looking after the wonderful gallop.

Higgs was shortlisted for the Stable and Stud Staff Awards 2007, where he was runner-up in the Special Merit/Hero category. He greatly deserves this recognition (Photo courtesy of Arnhel de Serra)

Tyler Daintith - Stable Lass

Tyler comes from Manchester and has ridden horses since an early age. She has always wanted to work in racing so having left school she enrolled in a course at the British Racing School. Having completed her course there she came to Thorndale Farm.

Her dream is to one day ride in a race but when she is not working she enjoys Clay Pigeon shooting.

Stevie Broadhouse - Stable Lass

Stevie has joined us from spending six months at Derek Shaws. Prior to Derek Shaws she completed the British Racing School course and has come to Thorndale to further her career in racing.

Stevie spent two years prior to going to the Racing School at Halesowen College where she complete a course in Animal Care and Management.

Sinead Burke - Stable Lass

Sinead was brought up in Co. Kerry, Ireland with horses. During her school holidays she rode out for local trainers, Donal O'Shea, Tommy Cooper and Jim Culloty.

When she finished school she moved to England and worked for Sir Mark Tompkins in Newmarket before working for Donald McCain.

Mikey Hamill - Conditional Jockey

Mikey has joined the team here at Thorndale Farm having previously been conditional jockey to Alexandra Dunn. 

Mikey originally from Co. Waterford started out working for Willie Mullins. He rode 12 winners point to pointing as an amateur jockey and since turning conditional has ridden 16 winners.

Rita Laosa Creed - Stable Lass

Rita is from Spain and originally worked for us in 2013 for a couple of seasons.  Having gained further experience in both National Hunt and Flat yards she has come back to work here at Thorndale.

Liam Carter - Stable Lad

Liam is from Shrewsbury and has joined us from the British Racing School.  Liam was lucky enough to have had some success pony racing and started out riding his grandfather's racehorses.

He would like to have a couple of seasons as an amateur jockey and then possibly take out his conditional license when he's got more experience.  In his spare time he enjoys shooting and fly fishing.

Aanisah Chaudry

Aanisah has ridden from a very early age and has recently completed a nine week course at the British Racing School. This is Aanisah's first job in racing but having been brought up in Cheltenham, the home of National Hunt Racing, she found a love for racehorses and racing. She especially enjoys watching novices and seeing how they progress.

Aanisah's hobbies are Art and Photography along with supporting the Tipperary Hurling team.

Zack Davidson - Stable Lad

Zack has joined us from Richard Philips where he worked for six years having completed a course at the British Racing School.  Zack started in racing through a keen interest in his grandfather's career as an amateur jockey and rode himself as an amateur a couple of season's ago.

Zack when not working enjoys competing in clay pigeon competition shooting and is soon to complete his NVQ3 in Racehorse Care and Management.

Bailey’s Blog

27-05-2017 07:06:42 in General by Admin
Plus 15 and raining when driving in. Dust laying rain. Worcester Racecourse.. As you well know I have a love hate relationship with Worcester.. More of the latter than the former. Lets start with our two runners. Billy Elliott was fourth and again showed that there is improvement and when handicapping he should win a race. My Cousin Rachel was kicked at the start and that for some reason was her...


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