Tim Easterby comes from a family steeped in racing tradition. His father Peter was the champion jump trainer on three occasions and handled such famous names as Sea Pigeon, Night Nurse, Alverton and Little Owl, while his uncle, Mick Easterby, has also enjoyed great success and will soon be 90.
On his father’s retirement, Tim took over the licence at Habton Grange in February 1996 and has maintained the stable’s high level of success. He has trained about 1700 winners on the Flat alone.
In 2002, he sent out Bollin Eric to win the final Classic of the season, the St Leger at Doncaster, while he has enjoyed Group 1 success with sprinters Pipalong, Somnus and Fayr Jag.
He has also enjoyed success over Jumps with his best horse in that sphere being Barton, a winner at both the Cheltenham and Aintree Festivals.
Crack sprinter Hamish McGonagall was Easterby’s main protagonist in the early years of the QIPCO British Champions Series until a new star emerged in the 2015 Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes. Mattmu ran with great credit to finish third in the Group 1 contest behind Mecca’s Angel and Acapulco.
In 2021, the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes did finally come Easterby’s way courtesy of Winter Power and Silvestre De Sousa. A strong renewal of the race, his filly was always well positioned and provided Yorkshire with a home win in the Friday showpiece.