Chestnut Tree Stables

Chestnut Tree Stables was originally called Marriott Stables when built by The Jockey Club along the then undeveloped Hamilton Road in 1968. Champion trainer Henry Cecil was its first occupant and trained back to back Guineas winners in Wollow and Bolkonski, before he moved to his then father in law, Sir Noel Murless' Warren Place.

Lord Huntingdon, the Queen's former trainer, was another distinguished owner of the yard, and its last owner before Rae was Robert Williams.

Rae bought the yard in 1998, when it was not in good condition. Now all the boxes have been re-ventilated, re-insulated and fitted with heat lamps.

Eight staff can live on the yard in good standard accommodation.

There is an indoor ride; an all-weather trotting ring; an equine treadmill; nineteen turnout paddocks; and six sand pits for horses to roll in.

View photo and a plan of the stables here.


IIP-logoWe are enormously proud of the people who work at Chestnut Tree Stables, their care of the horses, and their dedication. In 2002 the yard was the first in the UK to receive the national accreditation Investors in People, a unique achievement in the industry.

This award is formal, public, acknowledgement of the training and development which takes place in the yard on a day to day basis, and the freedom Rae gives staff to achieve their ambitions through further training. Here are some of the key members of our team.





Rae Guest



Andrew Bubb

Travelling Head Lad


Rachel Flynn

Trainer's Wife

nicholasmckeeNicholas McKee

Assistant Trainer


John Wilsoncroft

Head Lad