Passionate about racing and passionate about horses. Meet the Charlie Mann Racing team.


Charlie Mann

Charlie was a very successful National Hunt Jockey for fifteen years before breaking his neck in a fall in 1989. He started his illustrious training career in 1993 and in 1995 he rode and trained the winner of the Grand Pardubice on It’s A Snip. The same year he and was voted the most eligible bachelor of the year!

For 14 years Charlie trained from Whitcoombe House Stables which is situated at the bottom of the Mandown Gallops in Lambourn. In February 2012 Charlie purchased Neardown Stables in Upper Lambourn. In July the building work started on the new all-purpose yard and by 1st October the BHA granted Charlie his license to train from Neardown.

Charlie has trained over 800 winners at every level over jumps.
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Albert Ennis

Albert has come to us from Charlie Longsdon, and Charlie has known him since he was at Jenny Pitman’s.  Albert is a great horseman and a brilliant Head Lad.  Charlie is delighted to have him as a member of our team.


Kyryl Shvetsov

Kyryl has worked at Neardown from the get-go.   He’s an incredibly hard worker and very dedicated.  Kryrl knows the form of every horse on the yard.


We are proud to offer first class facilities at our purpose built yard situated near the foot of the gallops in Upper Lambourn – including turn out paddocks and turn out pens, a covered horse walker, weigh scales, and a solarium.  It really is a five star horse hotel, and the horses can’t wait to come back to the yard after their holidays.  With access to an excellent five furlong ‘cushion track’ all weather gallop and a range of schooling fences, not to mention access to all of The Jockey Club’s Mandown Gallops, the horses have the absolute best facilities available for their training and the five star care and attention from Charlie’s loyal staff.

There is is stabling for 44 horses in this professional but friendly yard.

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“My old gallop is the most popular in Lambourn.  That’s due to the fact that Cushion Track is a consistent, high quality riding surface – it’s certainly the best i have ridden on!” – Charlie Mann, Trainer Lambourn



2012 Bay Gelding

Azamour (IRE) – Sadie Thompson (IRE)

(King’s Best (USA))


2009 Bay Gelding

Antonius Pius (USA) – Tillan Fuwain (FR)

(Unfuwain (FR))

The Steeplechasers


2011 Grey Gelding

Sagamix (FR) – Star of Wonder (FR)



2011 Bay Gelding

Soldier Of Fortune (IRE) – Zalida (IRE)




2010 Bay Gelding

Robin Des Pres (FR) – Native Deal (IRE)

(Be My Native)

The Neardowners


2011 Grey Gelding

Daylami (IRE) – Last Sunrise (IRE)


The Steeplechasers


2007 Bay Gelding

Kings Best (USA) – Sacarina (Old Vic)

Mrs F Toole



2008 Chestnut Gelding

Golan (IRE) – Coolrua (IRE)

(Commanche Run)

Mrs Jill Mayo



There are many different ways you can become involved in racehorse ownership. The main thing to remember is that owning a racehorse (or at least part of one) does not have to be expensive!  Racehorse ownership can turn a thrilling hobby into something much more special as you experience the thrill of a first class racing day out with a ‘vested interest’, not just a bet.

The ownership option most suitable for you will vary depending on your budget and the amount of involvement you would like to have.

The different types of racehorse ownership can be found HERE. For further details, the British Horseracing Association website is very helpful and has loads of information for new owners.

Here at Charlie Mann Racing we can tailor your ownership experience to suit you, be it becoming a sole owner, setting up a partnership with your friends or joining some of our existing partnerships.  Charlie has a wealth of experience and knowledge to assist with buying your horse.  Accompanying him to the sales can be an exciting start to ownership – why not hand pick your own horse with Charlie’s guidance?  We also have a selection of horses for sale at Neardown that you can see being put through their paces at first in Lambourn on the gallops.

We offer a few options for the payment of the training fees.  Some of our owners pay an upfront training fee for a set amount each year to cover all the cost involved with owning a racehorse.  This completely cuts the risk of any unforeseen and extra payments.  Other owners are invoiced monthly for the training fees which are made up of a daily charge and the occasional extra costs incurred, such as vets fees and travel expenses to the races.

Please don’t hesitate to contact Charlie on 01488 73118 or to discuss options to suit you.



There’s nothing more exciting than racehorse ownership and joining a syndicate can be a great way of getting in on the fun without worrying too much about the cost.  There are currently only a few places left in our new syndicate ‘The 25 Club’, so if you’re interested contact Charlie asap.

THE STEEPLECHASERS have enjoyed an incredible amount of success over the past season as follows:

FIXED RATEWinner of two Flat races in France, and for the 2016/17 season 1 win & 3 places over hurdles & currently rated 113.
SOME KINDA LAMALast season 2016/17 2 Wins and 3 places (all 2nds) out of 5 runs, rated 134.
MORNEY WINGWinner of ‘The Sussex National’ 2016 and placed 4 times, rated 121.


Looking for the perfect gift for a horse racing enthusiast?  How about spending a morning with Charlie or his professional assistant trainer at our Lambourn HQ.  You’ll have an early start – but the gift experience begins with a hearty farmhouse breakfast with Charlie and/or his assistant trainer.  One of Charlie’s jockeys might pop in for a chat too.  Then you’ll head out to the gallops to watch the horses being put through their morning training session.  Learn all about the training and groundwork that it takes to turn a horse into a champion – and get some tips on spotting a winner.  Charlie has trained over 400 winners and can answer all your questions.  This really is a wonderful start to the day.

What’s included:

  • A hearty breakfast with Charlie or his professional assistant trainer and a jockey
  • Watch the horses being put through their morning training session
  • Learn about the work that goes into racing and get tips on spotting a champion
  • Experience this unique opportunity for horse racing fans
  • All takes place at Neardown Stables and on the gallops


To book a  ‘Red Letter Days’ breakfast tour of Charlie Mann Racing (including a trip to watch the horses working on the gallops) click here.

If you’re toying with the idea of taking a share, you’re interested in buying a horse, joining a syndicate or just want to ask Charlie for advice on anything racing related, don’t hesitate to get in touch.  Charlie & the team look forward to hearing from you.

Charlie Mann Racing Limited
Upper Lambourn
Berkshire RG17 8QPTel: 01488 73118Fax: 01488 73223Email:

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