José Santos

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José Santos

Sherwood Stables

Jose Santos

Sherwood Stables, Folly Road, Lambourn, Hungerford, Berkshire RG17 8QE

07789 906694

José started his career in horse racing when he was 12 years old, riding sprinters in 400-500 metre races in the countryside of Brazil. Aged 15, he moved to Curitiba and started work in the Jockey Club of Parana, where a year later he took my jockey’s apprentice license.

José started his career in horse racing when he was 12 years old, riding sprinters in 400-500 metre races in the countryside of Brazil. Aged 15, he moved to Curitiba and started work in the Jockey Club of Parana, where a year later he took my jockey’s apprentice license.

José rode about 50 winners in three-and-a-half but had to give up riding because he was too heavy so moved on to be an assistant trainer.

In 1988 José moved on to Sao Paulo and he took my racehorse trainers’ license – which was unique as he was still under 20 years old! He had 18 horses in his yard and trained nearly 250 winners up until the end of 2003. At the start of 2004 he decided to leave Brazil to look for a better life in other country. He sent his CV to America and the UK and, gladly Marcus Tregoning gave him a work permit as a work rider for him.

Six months later José arrived in England and started riding out for Marcus. After about 18 months Ihe moved on to Ralph Beckett’s in Whitsbury, where he stayed for five years before joining George Baker, where he held the position of Head Lad. At George Baker’s José met Mr Robert Cooper, who had two horses in training and we struck up a friendship. Robert offered him to look after his horses and helped him to attain his trainer’s licence.

In October 2012 José and Robert started working together and he looked after his horses in different yards, firstly at Alison Batchelor’s in Petworth and then with Sean Curran in Lambourn. In June 2014 he took out his own license and now work hard to growing and achieving all his expectations to be a successful racehorse trainer in UK. He is assisted by his brother, Mario and jockey Renato Souza.

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