David Simcock has learnt from some of racing’s very best. He began his career as pupil assistant to Ian Balding, then moved to Lambourn to work for the legendary Major Dick Hern before a spell as assistant trainer to Luca Cumani. He set up on his own with wife Jennie in 2004 with just ten horses.
Since then he has not looked back and he scaled the heights in 2010 and 2011 with crack sprinter Dream Ahead, who registered five Group 1 victories – including in the Darley July Cup at Newmarket and the Betfred Sprint Cup at Haydock Park.
In 2014 Simcock pulled off a remarkable Group 1 double at Woodbine, winning the Northern Dancer Turf Stakes with Sheikhzayedroad and the Woodbine Mile with Trade Storm.
He also won the QIPCO British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes with Madame Chiang, owned and bred by Kirsten Rausing.
The durable Sheikhzayedroad landed the 250th Doncaster Cup and Long Distance Cup on Champions Day in 2016 and Lighting Spear was a hugely deserving winner of the Qatar Sussex Stakes in 2018.
Globetrotting Desert Encounter has been another of his recent flagbearers. He heads into 2021 having trained about 800 winners in Britain.