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Jack Barber

Jack Barber started his Point- to- Point riding career with a winner on Thisthatandtother at Barbury Castle in January 2009 and rode a further 55 Point- to- Point winners, 6 Hunter Chase victories and a Hurdle race before deciding to become a Point- to- Point trainer in June 2013. In 2013 he started his Point- to- Point training career with 14 horses and secured 14 winners in the 2014 season. He then had 51 winners in both the 2014/15 and 2015/16 seasons – including his first Hunter Chase winner Benedictus.He then followed this with a further 50 successes in 2016/17 and a second Hunter Chase win with Ask the Weatherman.  Jack was champion National Point to Point Champion Trainer for 3 years in a row and he quickly established a reputation for preparing young horses. 

In 2017 Jack took out a License to become a National Hunt trainer and landed his first winner, Smart Boy, with only his second runner under rules. He ended the 2017/8 season with 8 winners from 46 runners with a 50% strike rate for horses finishing in the first 4.

Jack continues to enhance his profile as a young trainer going places and having already shown that he has inherited his grandfather’s eye for a horse.


Anthony Honeyball

Anthony Honeyball began his involvement with horses back at his family home on the Quantocks. Anthony both worked and rode as an amateur for Richard Barber and progressed as a conditional jockey for Paul Nicholls riding 45 winners under rules, before he began his training career in 2006. Anthony trained horses from his parents’ Quantock farm in Somerset to start with. He then rented a yard from Richard Barber, and in 2012 moved just a few miles up the road to Potwell Farm where he his training operation has continued to expand and progress, whilst still having the advantage of the famous Seaborough gallop. 


AJ Honeyball 2019/20 season summary

“Unfortunately our season has come to an abrupt and premature end, but what a season we’ve had. We train 40 horses at Potwell Farm, and from this relatively small team we have sent out 36 winners from 126 runners with an impressive 28.57% strike rate – that’s the 2nd highest in Great Britain,  ahead of Nicky Henderson in 3rd on 25.88%. We picked up £412,750 in prize money leaving us 24th in the Trainer’s table. Our winners have included a number of high profile prizes -

REGAL ENCORE - £100,000 Listed Dave Dawes Silver Cup Handicap Chase Listed (winning this for the second time)

JEPECK  - £100,000 Veteran’s series final at Sandown / Unibet Veterans’ Handicap Chase

SAM BROWN winning the prestigious Grade 2 Patrick Coyne Memorial Altcar Novices’ Chase.

COQUELICOT finishing off a fantastic start to her career, winning her last 3 races from 5 starts, completing the hat trick, and gaining black typealong the way in the prestigious series final at Kempton (rescheduled from the usual Sandown), of the Listed European Breeders Fund mares open National Hunt Flat Race.

Along with the big winners we have taken a great deal of pleasure & pride watching all our horses cross the line in front. Yet again our youngstock have covered themselves in glory.  Notable bumper winners include MIDNIGHT CALLISTO, BELLE DE MANECH, WINDSWEPT GIRL, KILCONNY BRIDGE, KID COMMANDO, MONT SEGUR,  MARILYN MONROE & YOU CAUGHT MY EYE all winning one apiece.

We had a strong team of Hurdle winners. 2 were for the newly formed POTWELL RACING SYNDICATE - the exciting KILCONNY BRIDGE following on from her bumper success with 3 more wins over hurdles;  and WAGNER winning at Fontwell after his earlier 3rd place. Other notable winners over hurdles were KID COMMANDO, DEJA VUE, DUHALLOW GESTURE, GUSTAVIAN, LILY THE PINK, SOULSAVER,  along with JEPECK who won 2 novice hurdles as well as his Veterans Chase final – certainly showing his versatility at the age of 10 !!

Three of our major wins came from our chasers and they accrued a large pot of the winning prize money, REGAL ENCORE and JEPECK mentioned above added valuable place prizes to their wins,  plus MIDNIGHT TUNE who was winner of three, SAM BROWN the winner of two,  along with ENNISTOWN, LE COEUR NET, SOJOURN and DON LAMI each collecting one win apiece.

We had ear marked horses to fly the flag for us at Cheltenham KID COMMANDO, SAM BROWN and MIDNIGHT TUNE but for one reason or another we aimed them instead for the Aintree meeting to accompany our intended GRAND NATIONAL runner REGAL ENCORE. Sensibly but disappointingly the meeting was abandoned due to the outbreak of the coronavirus.

Fortunately for one of our team members the Cheltenham Festival survived, giving our conditional REX DINGLE  his first success at the festival when winning the MARTIN PIPE CONDITONAL JOCKEYS RACE for trainer Paul Webber.

REX DINGLE has been with us for a few seasons now and continues to grasp every opportunity he is given. BEN GODFREY has also joined the team, and has stepped up to the mark riding 3 winners for us and proving his 7lb claim to be very valuable. Both are full time members of the team which proves vital to them knowing the horses so well. 

AIDAN COLEMAN remains a jockey we turn to when available, along with RICHIE MCLERNON .

We have an amazing team of staff who do all the hard work behind the scenes. Some days it is the best job in the world but when it’s cold, wet, dark and things are not running as smoothly as they sometimes might it can seem less appealing. 

We would also like to thank our loyal OWNERS who support us through thick and thin.

I am proud to say that a number of our winners have been sourced and purchased by Rachael and I from the point to point field. We are always trying to spot new talent and value for money for our clients and I am very pleased with our new purchases WAGNER, KID COMMANDO, KILCONNY BRIDGE, MARILYN MONROE and DON LAMI are all winning pointers that have won for us this season.

National Hunt Flat:   11 wins - 29 runs - 38%
Hurdles:   13 wins - 57 runs - 23%
Chase:   12 wins - 40 runs - 30%
£412,750 prize money -  24th in the Trainer’s table

144 winners
697 runners
168 placed
£1,536,984 prize money