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Fresh start: Henry and Niamh Spiller

Henry Spiller enjoyed instant success with his first runner from his new base at Sackville House Stables on Tuesday night and is hoping for plenty more winners from the 27-box facility situated at the foot of the famous Warren Hill training grounds since his move last Sunday.

Sprinter Kamra did the business on just his second start for Spiller and alongside his wife Niamh, marketing manager for Tattersalls Ireland, the pair moved into the historic yard which dates from the 1700s and includes a Grade II Listed house.

In only his third full season in training, Spiller is enjoying his best year having surpassed last season’s prize-money and numerical winners and is now grasping this new opportunity to build on this success.

Formerly an assistant with Godolphin, Spiller had trained out of Willie Musson’s old yard at Saville House on Exeter Road for the past two years and before that started out at Saffron House on the Hamilton Road.

In November, Saville House will become a new home for Spiller’s current neighbour Tom Clover who is to make way at his current base at Wroughton House Stables for Simon Pearce who is to take the rest of that yard back when he succeeds his mother Lydia.

Commenting the purchase, Spiller said; “We’re delighted to have secured Sackville House and Stables. The entire yard has been completely refurbished to the highest standards and provides five star facilities along with the dream training location at the foot of Warren Hill.

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“The property was built in 1760 and boasts some fantastic history and we look forward to building on that history and following in the footsteps of some great trainers who resided here.”

He added: “We have a great team working with us, most of the people riding out have all rode winners and we have some great horse men and women. There is a good working atmosphere in the yard and this helps maintain quality staff especially when there is such high demand.”

Sackville House Stables was previously owned by businessman Dave Curran who installed Robyn Brisland in the yard until late last year –prior to that it was owned by the Gilligan family.


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