“Although there can be only one name on a trainer’s licence, it is very much a partnership.”
Amanda Perrett started training horses at Coombelands Racing Stables in Sussex in 1996. She took over the reins from her father, esteemed racehorse trainer Guy Harwood, who retired after training over 1,600 winners, 30 of which were Group 1 winners including the great Dancing Brave. Winner of the 2000 Guineas, The Eclipse Stakes 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 an International Classification of 141, the highest rating ever given to a horse at that time.
With her father Guy Harwood being such a successful trainer, Amanda was brought up around racehorses. Amanda was a successful amateur jockey winning 90 races and became the first lady to ride in the Champion Hurdle at the 1990 Cheltenham Festival. She won the three-day event at Punchestown Racecourse in Ireland and has represented her country in Italy as a successful three-day event rider.
Assisted by her husband, Mark Perrett, Amanda currently trains 60 racehorses. Together they have trained over 650 winners including 18 Group winners in Europe and had runners in Hong Kong, Dubai, America and Australia.
Mark Perrett, son of jockey Philip Perrett and the grandson of racehorse trainer Major Champneys, was a successful National Hunt Jockey who rode over 900 winners including enjoying success with seven winners at the Cheltenham Festival and both the Scottish and Welsh Grand Nationals. Latterly he rode successfully as a flat jockey winning on one of his Cheltenham Festival winners Balasani at Royal Ascot. Mark has been at Coombelands Stables since he was 17 and is an experienced trainer and jockey.
Working with Amanda and Mark at Coombelands Racing Stables are a team of experienced staff who are dedicated to providing the highest standards of care. With a wealth of racehorse knowledge and experience as well as a passion for training racehorses in the UK, Europe and the rest of the world, Amanda has what it takes to win at the highest level.