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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.

Spirit of Rowdown - R'n N'sry

2018   Bay   Gelding

by Charm Spirit (Ire)  ex  Columella (GB)  ( Kyllachy (GB) )

Owner:  2020 Rowdown Nursery

Charm Spirit was twice a Group 1 winner over one mile winning the Prix Moulin at Longchamp and the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot. He has made a great start to his stallion career siring winners of over a hundred races, several of them black type performers. Columella won twice as a 2 year old over 5 and 7 furlongs and she has already produced two 2 year old winners. He is bred to be and looks every inch a 2 year old. At 3,000 gns he looks well bought. He was not particularly well presented at the Sales and has already started to improve massively whilst being broken in. He is Plus 10 qualified and is one of three horses in the Rowdown 2020 Nursery, overarching details, including costings, are here.

If youfollow this link you can see him on the move at the end of November. And here he is working between Arlecchino's Leap and the Bay Warrior on the morning of 7th April.

His three runs in Maiden company, at five and six furlongs, prepared him for Nursery handcaps and he ran in the first of these, over seven furlong at Kempton in the second week of August, and he finished a running on fourth; he progressed from that run to be second, again over seven furlongs, at Lingfield at the end of August; he is a quietly progressive horse who should continue to improve.

After a slight setback at the stalls at Kempton and a run on heavy ground at Leicester, something that did not really suit, he found the Chelmsford version of the polytrack much more to his liking to win a competitive eight furlong Nursery, battling back under Charlie Bennett, in the second week of November. He then followed up, coming from a long way back, to win an extended eight furlong Nursery at Wolverhampton in the third week of November.

We were delighted to see him complete a spiffing hatrick in Nurseries, winning quite decisively at Wolverhampton just before Christmas,the video of which you can see here.

He then made a brave bid for a four timer over Wolverhampton's extended nine furlongs, leading inside the final furlong before just being run out of it close home; there is fair chance he would have held on with a better draw. After a short break he returned to Wolverhampton at the end of March and powered home under a fine ride from Charlie Bennett, who has struck up a fine relationship with him.

Spirit of Rowdown - R'n N'sry's racing form, courtesy Racing Post

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Spirit of Rowdown Winning the Play Ladbrokes Football Handicap, eight and a half furlongs, Wolverhampton 27th March 2021 under Charlie Bennett

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