David Simcock has learnt from some of racing’s very best. He began his career as pupil assistant to Ian Balding, then moved to Lambourn to work for the legendary Major Dick Hern before a spell as assistant trainer to Luca Cumani. He set up on his own with wife Jennie in 2004 with just ten horses.
Since then he has not looked back and he scaled the heights in 2010 and 2011 with Dream Ahead, who registered five Group 1 victories.
As a two-year-old he won the Prix Morny at Deauville and the Shadwell Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket, winning the latter by a stunning nine lengths.
As a three-year-old, in 2011, he landed two QIPCO British Champions Series sprints, the Darley July Cup at Newmarket and the Betfred Sprint Cup at Haydock Park, plus the Qatar Prix de La Foret at Longchamp on his final career start.
Dream Ahead was named as joint leading juvenile of 2010 in the World Thoroughbred Rankings alongside Henry Cecil’s Frankel and was crowned Europe’s champion sprinter in 2011. He also saddled I’m A Dreamer to land the Grade 1 Beverly D. Stakes in the USA in 2012.
In 2014 Simcock pulled off a remarkable Group 1 double at Woodbine, winning the Northern Dancer Turf Stakes with Sheikhzayedroad and the Woodbine Mile with Trade Storm.
He also won the QIPCO British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes with Madame Chiang, owned and bred by Kirsten Rausing.
Lightning Spear (Queen Anne) and Curbyourenthusiasm (Yorkshire Cup) were both placed for him in this year’s Series before Sheikhzayedroad landed the 250th Doncaster Cup and Long Distance Cup on Champions Day.