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Welcome to Mark Usher Racing!

I have been training racehorses since 1983 and I am now based in Rowdown Stables, Upper Lambourn, a modern, purpose built, Yard with 30 Boxes with easy access to the superb Lambourn Gallops. We moved into Rowdown on the 1st January 2016 and you can see something of the excellent facilites we have here. My team and I work hard to do the best for our horses and to achieve success and enjoyment for our owners; I pride myself on high standards and attention to detail.

Visitors to the yard are always welcome! You can keep uptodate with the latest news from Rowdown by clicking this link and you can see our immediately upcoming Entries and running plans by clicking here and then selecting 'Entries'.

I look forward to hearing from you.

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Have a look at how to be involved at Rowdown here; a variety of options for affordable racehorse ownership are available from as little as £50 per month. Mark and Mike are always happy to talk about individual horses and ownership & partnership opportunities.

Marshall Aid

2013   Bay   Gelding

by Lawman  ex  Dievotchkina  ( Bluebird )

Owner:  Brian Rogan

Bred in Ireland and purchased as a foal by Amanda Skiffington and as a yearling by Bill Gredley, Marshall Aid did not run at two and was brought along quietly by his first trainer, Hugo Palmer, showing improvement to finish an excellent third in his first run in a handicap at Wolverhampton at the beginning of July 2016.

Mark then bought him for Brian Rogan at the Tattersalls July HIT Sale; he was bought on the same lines as Brian's grand person, Calculating (who ran a 100 times for Saxon House, winning 10 races and being placed a further 33 times, a quite splendid record), with the eventual aim of being a successful hurdler; he has the size, physical scope and racecourse performance profile to operate successfully in the NH World.

He has run in staying Handicaps on both the turf and the AW surfaces since arriving in the Yard in the Summer 2016 showing a consistent level of form finishing second four times and third five. After a break over the Autumn of 2017 he took three runs to find his feet on the racecourse before winning an extended 13 furlong Handicap at Chelmsford in the second week of January 2018 decisively by five lengths; you can see a video of this performance here.

He came close to winning a very similar race at Chelmsford a week later just finding the revised terms of the Handicap a head too much for him. He then ran consistently throughout the rest of the Winter and Spring of 2018 being placed six times from seven starts without quite getting his head in front. After an extended Summer break he returned to the track at Wolverhampton during the week before Christmas 2018 running well until finding a lack of race sharpness against him as they turned in; he should have an equally successful Winter and Spring of 2019 and If you follow this link you can see him working with Dylan's Sea Song & Born to Please on the 12th of January 2019 as part of his preparations towards this.

Mark and Brian Rogan have always thought of him as a potential NH horse he has the potential to make up into an excellent NH prospect.


Marshall Aid's racing form, courtesy Racing Post

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