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Welcome to Mark Usher Racing!

I have been training racehorses since 1983 and I am now based in Rowdown Stables, Upper Lambourn, a modern, purpose built, Yard with 30 Boxes with easy access to the superb Lambourn Gallops. We moved into Rowdown on the 1st January 2016 and you can see something of the excellent facilites we have here. My team and I work hard to do the best for our horses and to achieve success and enjoyment for our owners; I pride myself on high standards and attention to detail.

Visitors to the yard are always welcome! You can keep uptodate with the latest news from Rowdown by clicking this link and you can see our immediately upcoming Entries and running plans by clicking here and then selecting 'Entries'.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Mark Usher

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Have a look at how to be involved at Rowdown here; a variety of options for affordable racehorse ownership are available from as little as £50 per month. Mark and Mike are always happy to talk about individual horses and ownership & partnership opportunities.

Rowdown Nursery Partnership


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Owner:  2024 Rowdown Nursery Partnership

The rationale behind the Nursery Partnership is to introduce new bloodstock into the Yard at a competitive price and the 2024 iteration is the fifth Nursery we have run here at Rowdown; the previous four partnerships were successful and the twelve previous horses we have purchased and run through it won fourteen races (including the smart sprinting filly Liberty Bay who won at Kempton and later won on the July Course and was placed at Goodwood and Ascot & the Multiple Nursery Winner Monks Mead) and a number have been multiple placed.

For 2024 we have made a change in the structure of the Partnership; the rationale for this is that two horses from the 2023 Partnership, Monks Mead and Pearl of Rowdown, have shown sufficient promise and ability to warrant training them as three year olds in 2024. To complement them we have purchased the two yearlings you can see below; both of them are by successful stallions and are out of viable Mares. I am pleased with both of them.

Twenty shares in the Nursery are available and each Share costs £4225; this covers all of the purchase costs and expenses to the 31st October 2024; by December 2024 all three yearlings will be sold either within or outside the Yard and a dividend paid out according to the total price they have achieved and the prizemoney they earn during 2024. Typically the last four Nurseries have produced an approximate dividend of 33%. Although the 2024 syndicate could return more or less than this it does show that the Nursery concept is a really cost effective way of being involved as an Owner; in 2022 the three Nursery two year olds ran 24 times; that is 24 Racecourse Badges!

All four horses are working nicely and progressing each week and I would be delighted to show them to you on the move on virtually any day Monday through to Saturday.

Pearl of Rowdown

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Foaled 27th March 2021 I was immediately struck by her. She is a lovely athletic individual with a great walk. Her dam Concentration has already produced 5 winners, who have won 21 races. They are all tough hardy sorts which have achieved decent BHA handicap ratings. Pearl Secret was a decent sprinter and certainly can sire winners. She cost 4500 Guineas and you can see her being ridden away by Jacintha Hynes in November 2022 by following this link.

She has run times over five and six furlongs in Maiden and Novice Company and is now eligible to run in Handicaps; off an opening, initial mark of 47. She has been retained by the Nursery Partnership to run as a three year old and we are confident that she is capable of showing form in excess of that which she achieved in Maidens.

Monks Mead

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An athletic individual out of a mare who was a winner herself and has produced 2 winners rated in the 80’s his sire, Outstrip, developing into a top class stallion, siring a Melbourne cup winner.

Monks Mead made quite a slow start to his career on the track and didn't make all that much impact in three quite ordinary Maidens; but he showed the benefit of that experience by winning his first start in a Nursery, over seven furlongs at Lingfield at the end of July, winning decisively despite showing greeness alone in front until the opposition came at him in the last furlong; he then ran with credit in three Nurseries over sic, seven and eight furlongs, finishing second twice and being beaten no more than two lengths in the third.

He got back into the Winner's Enclosure and rounded off a really satisfactory first season by winning an eight furlong Nursery at Chelmsford at the beginning of November under an excellent ride from Robert Havlin, who has a fine record for us.

The Nursery Partnership has retained him for his second season as a three year old and he will, the Yard is confidence, will continue to give a good account of himself in handicap in 2024; he is capable of further improvement from his current mark of 60.

You can see full details of all three yearlings in the 2023 Nursery by following this link.

Marrakesh Dawn

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By the Coolmore raced winner of the 2018 Richmond Stakes, Land Force, who also finished third in the Norfolk Stakes out of a winning Mare, Miss Morocco, who was bred by Lady Bamford, Mark bought this attractive Bay Filly privately for 3000 Guineas in October 2023.

Unnamed Bay Colt by Ardad out of Anew

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By the Flying Childers and Windsor Castle Stakes winner Ardad out of an unraced Oasis Dream Juddmonte Mare, Anew, Mark bought this attractive, well made colt for 3000 guineas at Tattersalls in October 2023.

Price: £ 4225 to cover all the costs to 31st October 2024


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