George Scott

It was always going to be a career in racing for George. The love of a horse runs in the blood – as does an affinity with Newmarket, the globally recognised home of horseracing.

Through the 1920s and 1930s, his great grandfather trained a string of around 40 horses each year. It was the era of steam trains and horses were loaded at Newmarket Station before being transported to racecourses up and down the country.

Both of George’s grandfathers were involved in the sport, too. One was a starter before serving in the army, the other owned point-to-point horses. Was it ever in doubt, then, that George would develop a burning passion for racehorses?

In George’s words, he “always rode” – and that led him to a point-to-point racing in which he enjoyed a cluster of winners in the saddle. At the same time, he was gaining valuable experience working for Paul Nicholls where he regularly rode Breedsbreeze ahead of his 2008 Grade 1 Tolworth Hurdle triumph.

It was a brilliant era to be around Nicholls’ all-conquering stable – they had the first three that year in the Gold Cup. The excitement and success of those times fuelled the teenage George’s desire to one day train in his own name.

He sought experiences to help him on the path to fulfilling that objective. There was a sales season to hone his eye with Blandford Bloodstock and also for Angus Gold, the racing manager for Shadwell Stud.

George’s enthusiasm for hands-on involvement saw him served as pupil-assistant to Mark Tompkins and assistant to Michael Bell. Those were times George will never forget. Not least because of his day-to-day involvement with Wigmore Hall, a two-time Grade 1 winner. George rode him out daily.

It was in 2012 that George went to work for Eddie Kenneally in America, wanting to broaden his knowledge. He enjoyed increased responsibility during that year-long stint, as well as learning a different style of training.

A move to California and the stables of Simon Callaghan proved to be short-lived as a call came from Lady Cecil ensuring George returned to England to serve for two years as assistant at the famous Warren Place Stables.

It proved to be a tremendously rewarding period, especially with Noble Mission delivering three Group 1 victories, including a never-to-be-forgotten triumph in the Champion Stakes on British Champions’ Day.

Good times and great times are dotted through George’s comparatively brief career to date. Now he plans to continue competing at a similarly high level but in his own name. It is a challenge that George Scott is eager to embrace in 2016 and beyond.