|Paul Cole -
is one of Britain’s most successful trainers, responsible for
winning high performance races, Classic races, Group races and
Paul was Champion Trainer in England 1991 and has won the
Champion European Trainers 4 times and holds European record for
the most prize money won with one horse, Snurge.
Royal Ascot is one of Whatcombe’s favourite meetings, having had
four winners in one week. Paul is one of the top trainers on the
list for the most winners at the meeting having won the Coventry
Stakes, Jersey Stakes, Chesham Stakes, Windsor Castle Stakes,
Norfolk Stakes, Hardwicke Stakes, Wokingham Stakes, Queen Mary
Ascot Stakes and the Queen Alexandra Stakes.
Oliver Cole -
Oliver is our Assistant Trainer here at Whatcombe. After leaving
the Royal Agricultural College in Cirencester, Oliver spent 6
months in Kentucky completing an equine course. He then went on
to complete 18 months stud experience at Coolmore in Ireland and
Australia and then to France to be assistant for Mr J. C. Rouget.
Before joining the Whatcombe team he worked in pedigree analysis
at James Underwood’s in London. He rides out regularly on his
hack, Cornelius who was a Group 2 winner for the team.
Duilio Da Silva - Head
Duilio started as our Head Lad in 2012, rejoining the company
after holding his Apprentice licence here a few years ago.
Duilio moved back to Whatcombe having decided he wanted more of
a challenge. He lives here with his wife Thais, who works for
Mrs Cole. Duilio rides out every morning and still runs his owns
motorbike business in Brazil!
Christine Lycett -
Christine joined us in August 2012. She run her own business
providing business support. Here at Whatcombe Christine deals
with the accounts. She lives in Newbury with her husband Bob and
her many animals.
Richard Warden - Travelling Lad/Driver:
Richard has been a member of staff here at Whatcombe since 1978.
Richard does all the spare
Richard looks after the yard when both Duilio and Ivan are away
as well as doing some driving for Mr & Mrs Cole when needed.
Ivan Karakash - Travelling Head Lad:
Ivan has been here at Whatcombe for eight years. He is our
head lad and is required to travel both nationally and
internationally with the horses. He lives here at Whatcombe with
his wife Olena who also works in the yard.
Philip Godden -
Phillip has been here since 2002 and looks after the day to day
running of the estate including the hedges/gallops and
grasslands. Previously Phillip was in the building trade, he has
a farming background and continues to help out on the family
farm at the weekends.