Andy's team at Ashgill Stables

Every racehorse trainer needs good staff to make their yard successful and Andy is no exception. He is ably assisted by a dedicated team which includes his wife Jackie who runs the office and helps out in the yard.

Team Member Biography
Andy Crook
Racehorse Trainer
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Biog: Been in racing over forty years, working his way up through the ranks from Stable Lad to Head Lad to Jockey to, in 2002, a Racehorse Trainer in his own right. His first season saw him reap eighteen winners and a prize money haul in excess of £100,000. The highlight of Andy's second season was Rylaux's victory in the Scottish Grand National.

Best Day's Racing: Ryalux winning the Scottish Grand National & Matmata De Tendron, aged 13, winning for 10th time.

Favourite horse in yard: Four Bucks

Ashgill Racing Horse to Follow: Early Boy

'outside' Horse to Follow: May Girl

Racing Hero: Lester Piggott

Sporting Hero: Kevin Sinfield (Leeds Rhinos rugby)

Jackie Crook
Racing Administrator (plus most other jobs in the yard!)
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Biog: From a racing family (Uncle & Grandad) and rode when she was younger. Manages the admin side of the business and the general day-to-day running of the yard.
Mother to "three wonderful children"

Best Day's Racing: Ryalux winning the Scottish Grand National & Strathaird's win for Maureen

Favourite horse in yard: Cyrano Star

Ashgill Racing Horse to Follow: Cyrano Star

'outside' Horse to Follow: Cabal

Racing Hero: Lester Piggott

Sporting Hero: Ellie Simmonds (Paralympian Swimmer)

Amy Crook
Assistant Trainer
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Biog: Had ponies since she was 4yo and began riding racehorses when she was 14yo. Is Assistant Trainer to her Dad and does most of the travelling to racetracks with the horses.
Amy is Queen of Best Turned Out awards and wins them regularly, including twice at the same meeting when Andy had two runners!

Best Day's Racing: Lots! Stolen Light's first chase win (first time my fav horse had won); Mattys 10th win at 13yo on his first run of the season. Bocamix's racedays took us both to some of the top National Hunts meetings.

Favourite horse in yard: Crakehall Lad, Disturb & Signify (can't split them!)

Ashgill Racing Horse to Follow: Disturb & Signify

'outside' Horse to Follow: Altior

Racing Hero: Sir Henry Cecil

Sporting Hero: Jessica Ennis-Hill (Athletics)

Neil Farley
Stable Jockey, Flat racing
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Biog: From a racing family - his grandad was 'Cock of the North'. From a young age, Neil used to work at Pat Haslam's during school holidays. He has held his license since he was 16yo and has ridden for many of the top Northern trainers, including Richard fahey nad Mark Johnston. Neil has been placed in Group races and rode out his claim earlier this season
He rides out regularly for Andy.

Best Day's Racing: Winning the Scottish Sprint Cup (Heritage Handicap) on Red Baron.

Favourite horse in yard: Racemaker

Ashgill Racing Horse to Follow: Racemaker

'outside' Horse to Follow: tbc

Racing Hero: Pat Eddery

Sporting Hero: David Beckham (Football)

Alexandra-Tracey Everett
Work Rider
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Started riding ponies at 7yo and show jumped on the GB BSJA pony team for 4 years before going into racing aged 16. Alex has worked in racing for 5 years, mostly with Flat horses and yearlings.

Best Day's Racing: Always loved to take Angel Face racing even though she was no good, she always won 'Best Turned Out'! Alex got the horse when it was retired.

Favourite horse in yard: Cyrano Star

Ashgill Racing Horse to Follow: Cyrano Star

'outside' Horse to Follow: September

Racing Hero: Kieren Fallon

Sporting Hero: Nick Skelton (Showjumping)

Craig Gallagher
Work Rider
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Spent 5 years as a Conditional Jockey and had a few rides for us. Craig rode 26 winners from 165 rides and once broke a collar bone.

Best Day's Racing: Riding a winner at Aintree, Mahlerdramatic.

Favourite horse in yard: Early Boy

Ashgill Racing Horse to Follow: Disturb

'outside' Horse to Follow: Orewa

Racing Hero: Richard Johnson

Sporting Hero: none

Andy Crook's Training Facilities

Ashgill Stables is part of the historic Tupgill Estate, at Coverham on the outskirts of Middleham. The quiet surroundings are ideal for the horses to relax and enjoy themselves. Estate owner Colin Armstrong has invested time and expense over recent years renovating the estate and part of this work has been to develop Ashgill Stables into a modern, purpose-built 25-box yard. Andy's success as a racehorse trainer led to the construction of seven more boxes.

After starting training in his own right, Andy began at Oakwood Stables in Middleham town centre before moving his team to Ashgill Stables in July 2002. The yard is ideally placed for both Middleham's Low Moor gallop and the High Moor gallop too and the facilities available to Andy in and around Ashgill Stables enable him to have his horses at peak fitness for their racecourse appearances. In July 2011 Andy installed a horse walker in the yard and it which quickly became an invaluable asset to the racehorses in his care.

photo of Ashgill Stables photo of the paddock at Ashgill Stables photo of Middleham's Low Moor gallop photo of Middleham's High Moor gallop
photo of 3 horses photo of boxes 10 - 17 at Ashgill Stables
photo of some of the Ashgill inmates, boxes 1-9 photo of the horse walker at Ashgill Stables

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