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History of Coombelands

Coombelands Racing Stables has a long and distinguished historical association with the Harwood family.  Amanda Perrett’s father Guy Harwood trained here successfully for over four decades, sending out the winners of 1600 races including 30 Group One victories between 1966 and 1995.He created a state-of-the-art training establishment which attracted some of Europe’s finest thoroughbreds and some of the world’s leading owners who enjoyed success at the highest level.

Assatis, Cacoethes, Kalaglow, Recitation Sadeem, To-Agori-Mou,..the list of Group winners trained by Guy Harwood is almost endless. He enjoyed particular success at his local course Goodwood with 116 victories including 32 at the Glorious meeting.  

The Goodwood Cup, the Nassau, Richmond and Vintage Stakes were all won on two occasions by Harwood-trained horses and he won the showcase race, the Group One Sussex Stakes twice, with Rousillon in 1985 and Warning in 1988.However, it is Dancing Brave, for whom Guy will best be remembered.  

Winner of the 2000 Guineas, the Eclipse and the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes, he went on to win the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe under Pat Eddery in breathtaking fashion, a performance which earned him the highest-ever International Classification of 141.  The record still stands today..