Plantation Farm, owned by Kate and Richard Bandey, is a modern training establishment set on the edge of the beautiful Hampshire downs near the village of Kingsclere.
Richard has a Combined Trainer’s License, which was granted by the British Horseracing Authority in September 2018, allowing him to train National Hunt and Flat racehorses.
His first success under rules was his fourth runner, HARD STATION, who won a Handicap Chase at Market Rasen on 22nd November 2018.
Previously he has had training successes on the point-to-point field and in Hunter Chases, including a memorable 4-timer at Larkhill Racecourse in April 2017 and back-to-back winners of the Redmills Intermediate Final at Cheltenham Hunter Chase evening in 2017 and 2018. His wife Kate has now taken over training the point-to-pointers.
Richard is very hands-on in the horse’s day-to-day management; he is the first to feed in the morning, rides out every day and is the last to leave at night. Kate is an equine vet and supervises the health and welfare of the horses in our care. They are backed up by knowledgeable staff who have many years of experience working with horses. Time is spent to get to know every horse in our care and to give them the individual attention that they deserve.
Our racing yard has been designed with the horse’s best welfare and comfort in mind. Horses are naturally sociable animals and our stables have open grid partitions and low open fronts, allowing them to socialize with each other as they would do in a herd environment. We have installed a mechanical ventilation system to ensure that we maintain excellent airflow throughout the barn at all times, significantly reducing the risk of airway infections.
With 2,500 acres of farmland to ride around and access to three all-weather gallops; there are plenty of opportunities to improve the fitness of the horses in our care. Our horses are trained without the stress and repetition of working on the same gallop and time is spent educating each horse as an individual. The horses are turned out regularly to keep them fresh and happy. Having an on-site vet gives owners the reassurance that horses in our care are in the best possible hands. Should any injury or illness arise you can rest assured that your horse will receive prompt veterinary attention.
We have various syndicates and ownership options available. If you are interested in joining a syndicate, would like to send Richard or Kate your horse to train or would like our assistance in purchasing a racehorse on your behalf; please give us a ring to discuss your requirements.