Set in 300 acres of cheshire countryside, Peel Hall offers a quiet and relaxed environment for the horses to live and be trained in. All the horses are turned out everyday and we use a wide range of facilities and gallops in order to get the horses fit and cater for their individual needs.
Being centrally located, traveling North or South to go racing is no problem with the M56 only 5 miles away and racecourses Chester, Bangor-on-Dee, Haydock and Aintree all on the doorstep.
Will was granted his full trainer’s license prior to Christmas of 2011 to fulfilling a lifelong ambition to train racehorses professionally.
It had been a long term project which finally came to fruition when he sent out his first two runners, Alpha Victor and Kykate at Sedgefield on the 5th January 2012, with both horses winning to complete a 260/1 double and giving Will a dream start to his career as a trainer. See Results: Alpha Victor, Kykate.
Will was brought up around horses as his mother Julia was and still is a successful point-to-point trainer. His father Richard held a permit on which he trained a handful of national hunt horses to run over the years. Will’s first ride in a point-to-point took place at Wetherby racecourse where he finished 4th on Albert Blake. His university years saw more time riding out for various different yards than in the class room.
Following university, Will assisted with the training of point-to-pointers at Peel Hall whilst continuing to ride as an amateur jockey, developing an interest in the breeding and bloodstock side of the business. Having got plenty of experience around various different yards and getting stuck into the numerous different sales, Will took the role of First Assistant Trainer for Donald McCain.
Will spent a year working alongside Donald gathering invaluable experience and learning so much about racing from Donald and his legendary father Ginger. It was a great year as William helped Donald have one of his most successful seasons to date with a Cheltenham festival winner in Whiteoak followed by the Grand National favourite Cloudy Lane finishing a creditable 6th, along with Idle Talk back in 14th.
Following his time with Donald, Will returned to Peel Hall and continued training the point-to-pointers and assisting his father with any horses he ran on his permit.
He also did a greater amount of work in the bloodstock world with the help and assistance from Richard and Sally Aston of Goldford Stud, in particular buying national hunt stores and producing a few for breeze up sales. During this period he completed all the relevant trainer’s modules and course work whilst also building a team of horses and staff around him and improving training facilities at Peel so that he could then apply for a trainer’s license when he felt that the time was right to do so.
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