About Castle Piece Stables
Castle Piece was purchased in 2009 by Sam & Ali. The facilities have been upgraded considerably since they moved there and now provide an excellent training establishment.
Our aim is to provide a top quality service, recognising the importance of both the horses and owners needs, whilst still being able to provide a personal touch.
Each racehorse is given the individual attention best suited to their temperament and physical ability, resulting in each horse fulfilling its potential, this is best achieved in the happy and relaxed environment we provide.
With the aim to produce healthy, happy and fit horses, the wealth of experience both Ali and Sam have is spread over a large sphere.
Ali Stronge, racehorse trainer
Ali began her involvement with horses back at her family home in Gloucestershire. The family farm was the base from which she competed in the showing ring, hunted with the Ledbury and represented her country in Three Day Eventing.
She also gained valuable experience prepping NH store horses for Tweenhills Stud and being part of Rathmore Stud at sales both in the UK and Ireland.
After moving to Eastbury, she ran what was initially a pre-training yard with Sam here at Castle Piece, with clients such as Paul Nicholls, Nicky Henderson, Charlie Longsdon, Favourites Racing etc just some of the big names in racing that sent horses to us to be prepared for the track.
Since being granted her full licence in the summer of 2013, Ali has made rapid progress, For the Jumps we ended the 2013/14 season with 11 winners and winning strike rate of 15%
For the flat 2014 season with 7 winners and a 22% winning strike over all which included a 38% winning strike rate on the turf!
Thus showing that she has the ability to train over all codes.
Sam began in horses at an early age; a fun, easy-going person, he was born into horses, with his parents being involved in every aspect of equestrianism. His mother was showjumping at a top level and representing her country and his father was a National Hunt jockey and then racehorse trainer.
Sam showjumped until switching to racing and began his career at David Nicholson’s academy at 14 years of age with a solid grounding from one of the last schoolmasters of our era. He began his race riding career as an amateur at 16 in the Point-to-Point field riding for Richard Barber and represented his country in the Fegentri Series on the flat. Quickly into his stride, he had the opportunity to move to champion trainer Paul Nicholls and joined the growing team as stable amateur, becoming one of the leading amateurs before turning professional and becoming the stable conditional and riding out his claim at the age of 18.
Unable to keep his weight low enough to race ride led to a short career and Sam retired from race riding at the age of 23. During his riding career Sam rode around 150 winners for many top trainers and owners.
Sam’s retirement lead him to becoming a jockeys’ agent. Having race ridden at the highest level he has a very good understanding of what it takes to be a successful jockey. He has built up a formidable team and has several of the leading jockeys in the country on his books, achieving success at the very top level including the Cheltenham Gold Cup, King George, Betfair Chase and numerous Cheltenham Festival winners.