Vaughan forced to quit train­ing in Bri­tain due to ‘eco­nom­ics’

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport - By Mar­cus Army­tage

Ed Vaughan, the New­mar­ket trainer who re­cently sad­dled the big­gest win­ner of his 16-year ca­reer, has an­nounced he will quit train­ing in Bri­tain at the end of the sea­son. He has not ruled out con­tin­u­ing in racing abroad.

When Dame Mal­liot won the Princess of Wales’s Stakes at New­mar­ket’s July meet­ing last week, to give Hol­lie Doyle her first Group Two win­ner, it was also a big­gest suc­cess for Vaughan. But he cited the eco­nom­ics of train­ing in Bri­tain, ex­ac­er­bated by lock­down and the re­cent halv­ing of prize-money, as the rea­son for his de­ci­sion.

“I’ve been think­ing about it for a while,” he said. “It’s not Covid-19, though that has ac­cel­er­ated it, but when a Dame Mal­liot comes along, you think about hang­ing in there.

“It’s just the eco­nom­ics of it com­pared to other na­tions. I’ve never gone over­drawn, but it’s rent, rates, staffing, they’re all ex­penses with very lit­tle up­side.

“I love be­ing around horses and I can’t imag­ine not be­ing in close con­tact with them on a daily ba­sis. But, un­less they are re­ally good horses, train­ing here? No.

“I’ve a cou­ple of places in mind abroad but I’m go­ing to take a step back at the end of the sea­son and do things I’ve never been able to do, hav­ing gone straight from school to the Na­tional Stud and on into work. The sea­son ends on Nov 7 and I’ll prob­a­bly be bored by Nov 8.”

Be­fore he is done, Vaughan hopes to have won his first Group One with Dame Mal­liot, An­thony Op­pen­heimer’s 116-rated home­bred filly, and with the owner in­tend­ing to run Star Catcher in the York­shire Oaks, he is eye­ing up a race in Ger­many in mid-Au­gust.

Group Two suc­cess: Ed Vaughan won with Dame Mal­liot at New­mar­ket last week

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