A former Jump jockey with 96 winners during his career, Tom Dascombe worked as assistant trainer to Ralph Beckett and Mike de Kock before taking out his own licence at the end of 2005.
Initially based in Lambourn, his first major victories came in 2008, when Classic Blade won the Group 2 July Stakes and Firth Of Fifth took the Group 2 Superlative Stakes at Newmarket’s July Festival.
In July 2009 Dascombe was appointed trainer at Manor House Stables in Cheshire, owned by footballer Michael Owen and Andrew Black of Betfair.
Dascombe enjoyed his first Royal Ascot victories in 2011, when Brown Panther won the King George V Handicap and Rhythm Of Light took the Sandringham Handicap.
Brown Panther subsequently progressed to run a fine race in the Ladbrokes St Leger, the sixth Long Distance contest in the QIPCO British Champions Series, at Doncaster in September 2011, when he was second to Masked Marvel.
After a disappointing year in 2012, Brown Panther returned to fine form in 2013, winning the Artemis Goodwood Cup to give Dascombe his first QIPCO British Champions Series victory.
He continued to be a great flagbearer in 2014, finishing third in the Gold Cup and Artemis Goodwood Cup before winning the Irish St Leger by six and a half lengths over Leading Light to give Dascombe his first Group 1 victory. In 2015, Brown Panther was runner-up in the Yorkshire Cup but, tragically, was fatally injured when defending his crown in the Irish St Leger.