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Welcome to Castle Hill Stables, the new addition to Middleham’s thriving racing community. Along with it starts a new trainer, Ben Haslam, the 25 year old son of Patrick Haslam. Patrick retired earlier in the year from 37 years of training and has handed the reins over to his son Ben.
Middleham has been in Ben's blood having lived and worked in the village for over 18 years. He moved to Middleham at the age of 6 where his father trained very successfully during this period. In between his education Ben would ride out, and with a brief spell in the saddle as an amateur, he rode 5 winners from 25 rides. This sparked a huge interest in Ben and in 2004, having achieved well academically and with work experience in South Africa during his gap year with top trainer Joey Ramsden, Ben achieved a place on Sheikh Mohammed's Darley Flying Start scholarship. Based at the Curragh in Ireland, Kentucky in America, Sydney in Australia and Godolphin in Dubai, Ben was taught by the best in all fields of the thoroughbred industry. Back in England Ben spent time with Sir Michael Stoute in Newmarket before finishing his course in 2006, where he returned to Middleham and worked as an assistant trainer to his father, Patrick, for 3 years.
This is Bens first year as a racehorse trainer and he goes into the new season with a string of 30-35 racehorses comprising of 20 two year olds, purchased from the yearling and breeze-up sales, and 15 older horses that fulfill a dual purpose role for the new yard. Along with excellent facilities for the horses the ‘american style’ barn allows the staff to work far more effectively with the horses.