Dascombe Relocating to Uplands in Lambourn


Tom Dascombe | Racingfotos.com

Trainer Tom Dascombe, who will leave Michael Owen's Manor House Stables after Owens announced the split last December, will move to Uplands in Lambourn starting in April. His final runner out of Manor House Stables will be Misty Grey (Ire) (Dark Angel {Ire}), who is running at Wolverhampton in the Listed Lady Wulfruna S. on Mar. 12.

“Misty Grey will be my last runner from Manor House and I will be returning to Lambourn from Apr. 1 after signing an agreement at Uplands,” said Dascombe, who trained 2014 G1 Irish St. Leger hero Brown Panther (GB) (Shirocco {Ger}) for Owens. “I'm 100% better as of yesterday. It has been incredibly difficult finding somewhere, looking all over the place, looking at yards. I must be honest, not just in this country.

“But I always had it in my mind that I wanted to go back to Lambourn and I'm really thrilled for the Jockey Club Estates, because it is impossible finding a yard in Lambourn.

“But I have been patient and it coincides with my last runner from the yard and I've really not wanted to say anything until now. I'm delighted that the last day of the job, I've actually got something to say. That's a positive.

“I must thank my new landlords at Uplands, Amber Varcoe and Dominic Hoult, for their support and a mutual desire to see this great yard among the winners and I am very much looking forward to a new chapter in my career.

“But I enjoyed my 12 years at Manor House Stables. We shared Classic success and plenty of winners, and it would be nice to think Misty Grey can end this chapter of my career on a high.

“I'm hugely grateful to Michael Owen and Andrew Black [the ex-footballer's business partner] for affording me the opportunity to develop the stable effectively from scratch to a thriving operation and we are proud of what we have achieved.

“We've shared memories that will be impossible to erase and I'll forever take great pride in training Michael's homebred Brown Panther to Classic and Royal Ascot victory. We have shared some great times and now I'm looking forward to having a few more at Uplands.”

Dascombe added, “At the time, it did come as a shock, but Michael and Andrew Black wanted to go in a different direction and that is their prerogative. I will always be truly grateful for the chance and for the good times we shared.

“I am just excited to get started again in Lambourn. How many horses will we have? The simple is answer is I have no idea.

“I wanted to sign on a yard with 106 stables, but have ended up signing on with a yard that has 20 available stables. Day one, I will have just empty stables. Day two, I want to have a few more than that. But, I'm thrilled that I am back in Lambourn and looking forward to the future.”

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