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Alan King

Born in 1966, Alan is a farmer’s son who has nurtured a passion for racing from an early age. As a teenager he went to work at David Nicholson’s Condicote yard, where he soon became Assistant, a position Alan would keep until the ‘Duke’s’ retirement 15 years later.

It was in December 1999 that he took out his own licence at Jackdaws Castle, where he trained 31 winners in six months. These included Anzum, who won the Grade 1 Long Walk Hurdle at Ascot and Relkeel, winner of the Grade 2 Bonusprint Hurdle at Cheltenham.

On 1 June 2000 Alan moved to Barbury Castle, which has since been improved and expanded in the quest for more winners. He has also made Barbury Castle into a home for his young family. Alan met his wife, Rachel, when they both worked for the ‘Duke’ and they were married in Antigua in 1997. They have a son Henry and a daughter Georgia.


You can contact or visit us in our office from Monday to Friday from 8:00-18:00. Saturday 08:00-12.00.

Barbury Castle Stables
Wroughton, Swindon, Wiltshire SN4 0QZ
+44 (0)1793 815009




The ‘Barbury’ yard is separated into 5 barns, with each barn providing the horses with a blend of excellent ventilation and shelter from the elements. Each barn undergoes regular disinfection to ensure the horses have a clean and comfortable environment to obtain optimum results. The spa is a key component in the aid of a horse’s recovery, a mixture of chlorine and Epsom salts in water varying between 1-3 degrees centigrade, with a ‘Jacuzzi’ like effect on the horses legs. It provides any individual with niggling issues a perfect opportunity to recuperate after the rigours of a mornings exercise.


Tom has always been cut out for a career as a professional Jockey. He started riding ponies from the age of three, with both his mother and grandmother riding in point to points and his mother working in racing. Tom graduated from competitive pony racing, show jumping and eventing as a teenager, and began pointing successfully from the age of sixteen. He has been the Champion National Novice Point to Point rider, Champion South East Point to Point rider and runner up in the Amateur title in 2010/2011 season and a close third in the conditional title.

Tom worked his way up the ranks quickly riding out his claim in just under two seasons. His most successful season arrived when he impressively notched up 52 winners back in the 2014/15 National Hunt Season, notably managing to win 5 times on Lightenterainment for Chris Gordon. Tom was appointed as second jockey at Barbury Castle just before the 2016/17 season, where he made his mark quickly riding his first winner for us on Tyrell at Warwick in December 2016. He ended the season riding 8 winners from around 50 rides for us. He has proved a great addition to us and hopefully the success continues.

As we cannot accommodate all our horses at Barbury we have 43 boxes situated at Sharpridge, a stones throw away from us. With its own indoor arena, 6 horse walker and American style barn, with excellent ventilation, no horse is left wanting for comfort.

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