Maximising the Talent of Racehorses
Brought up on a traditional South Devon farm, Martin was riding from an early age. In his teens he hunted with the South Devon and Dart Vale. Following a break for further education, he returned to Devon and in his early twenties rode in local point-to-points. After success in this sphere Martin took out a permit to train, winning with his first runner at Exeter.
The following years saw his yard thrive with many good winners, maximising the talent of horses whose past form could at times be considered less favourable than others.
Having completed the very first Racehorse Trainers course at Newmarket, Martin soon relocated to his new yard at Knaves Ash, near Newton Abbot. Since then winners have come from both the flat and over jumps. Apex (five in a row), Ryedale Ovation, BallyConn, Tzora, Detroit Red, Red Twist, Bold Perk, Safe Catch and many others were improved for the move to his training establishment. Almost all of these multiple winners were bought at the sales inexpensively and repaid the investment handsomely.
With healthy, good quality horses, excellent staff and first class facilities, Martin Hill Racing is on an upward curve. Care and attention to details in all aspects of the training regime are bearing rich fruit with recent winners of good quality races.
Join our team by sending us your horse or form a syndicate of friends and embark on the journey of a lifetime in racehorse ownership.
Martin Hill does a great job with a small string of dual purpose horses. He is well capable of finding the right race and pays a great deal of attention to detail, ensuring that owners have an enjoyable cost-effective experience of racehorse ownership. The team are friendly and good communicators. The recent successes and Martin's infectious enthusiasm (as was there for all to see in his ATR interview after Tzora's victory) bode well for the future of this stable.
Corporate Services Partner at Simpkins Edwards LLP
I have known Martin Hill for many years, but only been able to use his services as a racehorse trainer since 2009. The yard is terrificly friendly and extremely helpful in finding the right horse for you or if you're bringing one of your own horses to the yard, they will find the right races, that are winnable for your charge. Their care of the horses is second to none, every horse's individual needs are taken care of with extreme professionalism. The whole team work happily together, to make your whole racing experience everything you expect.
Owner and Stud Manager, Kittymore Stud & Livery
Thank you for your e mail, and a big Congratulations on your win with Tzora on the 25th at Newton Abbot. Stunning looking horse! Thank you for the attached picture of Tzora, we are placing it on our events page on our web site for everyone to see!
We all had a fantastic day out and were honoured to be able to support Ladies Race Day again this year, providing the Fashion Show entertainment in the marquee. We were lucky enough to also place a bet on Tzora, so we won a few pounds too!!! All added to the fun of the day.
I wish you well with Tzora in the future, and hope that you accomplish many more wins.
Martin and Rachel, it is 4 years today that I
made the mistake joined your happy band. During that time I have had nothing but pleasure, enjoyment and absorbing entertainment for which I am very grateful. Your hospitality has been fantastic and I have received a number of opportunities to indulge in the wonderful world of horses and horse racing afforded to so very few. Here’s to year 5!!
"It was a cracking training performance from Martin Hill at Exeter Racecourse yesterday when he had Kim Tian Road spot-on to win the British Stallions Studs Supporting British Racing EBG Mares nation Hunt Novices’ Hurdle after an absence of 755 days. The seven year old had been off the track since January 2011, but Hadden Frost was always travelling comfortably and pushed the mare out to score a two length success." - Lucy Johnson, the Western Morning News, March 6 2013
"Not that deeply stocked for a 0-140, with only the top three in the weights rated within 17lb of the maximum permitted, but this was still a fine performance from Tzora to defy a 15lb rise for last month’s C&D victory. Declining to have anything to do with the three-way fight for the early lead paid dividends, and Hadden Frost still had any amount left under him when his partner leaped to the front at the last. A rise to another career high mark is likely but connections may yet put his speed to use with a return to the flat." - The Racing Post, June 26th 2013
"Alice Mills recorded a win on her comeback ride at Newton Abbot last night after being badly hurt at Cheltenham’s hunter chase meeting in May. Mills was on board the Martin Hill-trained Detroit Red who made easy work of the St Austell Brewery lady Amateur Rider’s Handicap Hurdle Race to win by seven lengths, giving Martin Hill a double on the day. Earlier Hill had saddled Tzora to win the Beau Boutique handicap Hurdle after being given a peach of a ride by Hadden Frost who took up the running on the eight year old approaching the last and pulled away by two lengths." - Lucy Johnson, the Western Morning News, June 26 2013