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Michael Smith trains in Northumberland, about 15 miles to the West of Newcastle.

Michael previously worked as a housing developer, but with a passion for horses, and built his training yard up from scratch.  He, as well as his wife and daughter have been involved with horses all their lives. Michael has held a training licence in his own right since 2007, having previously been involved in preparing Point to Pointers.

He is a trainer who tends to keep his number of horses to a healthy 20-30 and concentrates on increasing the quality of his string rather than the quantity.  He has a proven record of taking young horses and making a mark with them, as well as rejuvenating older horses into classy performers.  Orsippus is a case in point - having picked him up out of Mick Shannon's yard for £4,500 after he finished last in a Seller, Michael turned the horse around and has won Group races over hurdles, decent handicaps on the flat and over £100,000 in prizemoney with him.   

Michael trains both flat and National Hunt horses, but is primarily a jumps trainer, with an especially decent record with hurdlers.  The yard is very much a family enterprise, with his wife Sandra and his daughter also heavily involved with the training.

A very affable and enthusiasic trainer, Micheal's skill in taking horses who have been under-performing at other yards and turn them around, or to re-invent them is something we were very much drawn to.  He has an excellent record of transforming horses out of form into winners.  However, he also has some excellent contacts in the world of racing and has brought some very decent horses into his yard via Ireland.  

  Based:  Kirkheaton, Northumberland
  Horses in Yard 20
  Yard Type National Hunt
  Staff 5
  Years Training 7
  Jump Wins 24
  Flat Wins 14
  Total Win % 14.0%
  Stable Star Orssipus
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Yard Details      

Michael Smith runs a medium sized, predominantly National Hunt yard in purpose-built premises near Kirkheaton in Northumberland. 

He has runners all over the country, but as you would expect being based near Newcastle, specialises in the Northern based tracks. The yard is capable of housing up to 30 horses and provides excellent training facilities in extremely picturesque surroundings. The types of horses tend towards jumpers (he has had runners at Aintree and Cheltenham), but Michael has also had his fair share of success on the flat as well.

There is plenty of turnout for the horses during the day with several large grass paddocks.  The opportunities for exercise are plentiful, as Michael has constructed his own gallops to exacting specifications, as well as a range of National Hunt schooling fences. There is a covered walker, as well as lunging areas and two separate American style barns for the horses.

Michael prides himself on treating each horse as an individual and he tends to map out specific campaigns for all his horses.  this clearly works, as he has an excellent win to run ratio of well over 13% with both his flat and jumps horses over the last five years.



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