Richard has won several awards for his extensive charity work:

2021 Community Award Winner in memory of Rory MacDonald

Godolphin Stud & Stable Staff Awards

2014 Voluntary Award

Animal Health Trust Awards

2011 Pride Of Racing Award

Racing Welfare

Cheltenham Festival winning trainer


Born close to Epsom racecourse, Richard knew from the age of five years old that he wanted to be a racehorse trainer. Riding ponies and show jumpers through his teenage years, he was Head Boy at St Andrews School, Leatherhead and went on to gain a distinction in stud and stable management at Witney College.

Following graduating he spent eight years as assistant to Classic winning trainer, Henry Candy before setting up on his own in 1993 with nothing but devout faith and determination and winners soon followed.

Top chasers such as Time Won’t Wait, Gnome’s Tycoon and Noble Lord proved in the early years that Phillips had the skill to train at the highest level.

In 2000, Richard was rewarded for this promising start to his career by being provided with the opportunity to take over Jackdaws Castle from David Nicholson.

Following its sale in 2001, Richard took his training organisation to Adlestrop and in his first season at the yard, trained his first Festival winner in La Landiere who won the Cathcart Chase – her seventh consecutive victory and followed her brilliant win in the Racing Post Chase the previous month.

Known for his extensive charity work and charismatic character, owners and staff at Adlestrop can be sure of a fun and professional experience.

Richard has a promising team of horses, fantastic owners and ambitious staff that will make for an exciting and fruitful season.

With welfare always at the forefront of his mind, the brilliant initiative ‘National Racehorse Week’ came about thanks to Richard’s idea for a National Racehorse Day to promote the wonderful lives our equine athletes have.

Watch a video below of an interview on Luck On Sunday which was filmed on 16th May, 2021.

“I had a share in the very first horse Richard trained – it cost very little but did win races! Now more years than I care to remember later, I still have shares with Richard.

He’s great fun to go racing with but make no mistake, he knows his stuff and is a total professional.”


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