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Up Close & Personal
David Dennis is a fully licensed, dual-purpose racehorse trainer.
David began his racing career as a professional jockey, riding over 240 winners to victory during his 10 years in the saddle including:
The Grade 1 Challow Hurdle at Newbury on Brewster
Three consecutive wins in the Edward Hanmer Memorial Chase at Haydock on Kingsmark
The Lanzarote Hurdle at Kempton Park on Majlis
David grew up within a racing and farming family. He developed a passion for the sport from an early age and started race riding in point to points when he was 16. His Father, Walter Dennis, trained (as a permit holder) the 1996 Hennessy Gold Cup Winner Coome Hill. Today, David’s passion is stronger than ever and ensures that he provides individually planned training regimes for every horse in his care.
After retiring from race riding in 2011, David set up his own pre-training yard before gaining a dual licence to train in September 2013. He achieved his first winner within a month, Princess Caetani, at Chepstow on the flat.
A horseman in the truest sense of the word, David, who has now trained in excess of 170 winners, uses his wealth of knowledge, experience and understanding of the industry to achieve consistently high strike rates on the racecourse. The stats show that during a relatively short time in his training career David has trained a wide variety of winners, ranging from two year old flat horses, debut Bumpers, Novice Hurdlers and Chasers, Handicappers, and marathon staying Chasers.
David has trained a number of horses to run up sequences of wins which he takes great pride in. He has also trained horses that have kept their enthusiasm, holding their form throughout the season and, most importantly, throughout horses’ long careers. This comes from training them with great attention to the physical and mental well-being of each horse.
“Today, David’s passion is even stronger and ensures than he provides individually planned training regimes for every horse in his care.”
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