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Character Chris Gordon Words: Sue Hughes T HE SPORT OF KINGS does not have to cost a princely sum. There are no guarantees with horses, however combine superb livestock with the right trainer and jockey, add good conditions and a pinch of luck, and the odds rise. Chris Gordon, 51, owns and runs Morestead Stables on the South Downs overlooking Winchester, with his wife, Jenny and their son Freddie, 13, who swapped football for racing and won his fi rst junior race at Cheltenham earlier this year. This is a family which lives and breathes racing. “As soon as we saw this yard and the surrounding area – a great place to raise a young family – we knew this was the one for us and we are now fortunate enough to now own the property. We came here 12 years ago with just four horses and they all showed promise,” said Chris. Their fi rst day’s racing achieved a winner and got their name ‘out there’ as trainers; many in the close-knit racing fraternity knew them as jockeys from riding 200 winners between them. Their new operation hit the ground running when Quarrymount, the stable’s ABOVE: Chris Gordon Chris and Jen moved to Winchester in 2007; they had been training horses privately for an owner in Sussex, their talent was obvious and they received funding to set up as an independent trainers. The chance to rent an established thoroughbred training base with the scope to initially allow also for training point- to-pointers came up in 2007 when Brendan Powell vacated Morestead Farm Stables. 20 Resident second runner, won a handicap hurdle at Fontwell. Not long afterwards King Edmund gained the fi rst of nine wins at Ludlow. “It’s a tough business and the recession hit us in 2007 just after we had started because luxury items are some of the fi rst things to go, however look outside now and my yard is full, 50 horses, cared for by a team of 14, including part-time staff .” Freddie, who Chris taught to ride a year and a half ago, spent www.residentmagazine.co.uk