Training Partnership announced between Roger and Harry Charlton

 In Beckhampton News

Roger Charlton has been in charge at Beckhampton since 1990, having taken over from Jeremy Tree and started with instant success with winning the English and French Derby that year. In his 31 years in charge, he has trained 1,415 winners at a strike rate of 17%, including 19 Group ones and 135 stakes races.

Roger is the seventh trainer to train at Beckhampton since 1835, with all seven trainers winning what amasses to forty classics, including ten 2000 Guineas and ten Derbies.  Roger feels it is time to appreciate the hard work that Harry puts into the operation, having been working in the yard since 2014 and as such he will be the eighth trainer to train from Beckhampton. The runners this week will be under the partnership.


“I came to Beckhampton in 1978 and served as assistant to Jeremy Tree before taking over in 1990 and have enjoyed training at Beckhampton immensely. In that period I have witnessed some of the great horses, future stallions and mares that have changed the world of horseracing. I am incredibly proud of what myself and the team have achieved in the last 30 years. I have had a wonderful bunch of owners throughout, many of whom are still supporting me, as well as a tremendous team at Beckhampton, a lot of whom joined when I did. I felt it was time to appreciate the hard work that Harry puts in to the operation, having been working in the yard since 2014. Within that period there has been great successes including Thistle Bird, Al Kazeem, Decorated Knight and Quadrilateral. He is an integral member of the team and at the age of 36 he deserves to be recognised in an industry that values youth. Beckhampton shall carry on as usual, it is a family business and Harry has been a great help to Clare and I.”



“It’s a great honour to be joining my father on the licence at such a prestigious place as Beckhampton, where I have grown up. It is a big community with a lot of history. Having been a member of the team for so long, the day to day running of the yard will stay much the same but I understand the privilege that comes with the new title. The many successes of my predecessors sets a standard to strive for and as always, Dad and I endeavour to do the very best for our owners. My father has had a wonderful career as a sole trainer and I know we are both looking forward to training lots of winners as we move forward. Quality over quantity will continue to be the mantra and I can’t wait to get going. “