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