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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.

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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. 


The 2017/18 season was Anthony’s best season to date with 34 winners (as at 25/4/18) with an impressive 43% of runners finishing in the frame. Horses including Ms Parfois, Acey Milan, Regal Encore and Duhallow Gesture have provided Anthony with some memorable days .

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STABLE PROFILE

  
Joss Parker  Travelling Head Man at Anthony Honeyball Racing  


Earliest racing memory? Attending the Grand National with my Father when I was very small in 1992 when Party Politics won.  

Favourite horse and why? Many Clouds, he was such a trier and never gave up. His last race was typical of him – he gave everything. 

Best days Racing? Best experience Cheltenham at the end of last season, the weather was amazing and our runner, Pure Vision, ran a really good solid race. Or our first winners for Rex Dingle when he started to ride for the yard.
Favourite racecourse and why? Ascot, the facilities there are just amazing. The grandstand is always a treat to see and the track is always in tip top condition.  

Someone you admire in racing? Sounds a bit predictable but It has to be the Boss, Anthony. His attention to detail is unreal and no stone is left unturned. Best thing about racing? Getting to work with some brilliant horses and a really friendly decent group of people that are always happy to help. Also getting to travel and seeing all the race courses across the country
What are you most looking forward to this coming season? I’m really looking forward to seeing how the nice group of young horses we have at the yard get on when they start running. Also going to the bigger meetings with the more experienced runners.  

Things you would like to improve about racing? Free food for all racing staff at race meets.  
Best bit of advice you have been given?  Always keep a spare tongue tie in your pocket! This proved to be very good advice at Cheltenham!
If you weren’t involved in racing, what would you like to do? Definitely working with horses either eventing or driving for a transport company.