Yen Hall Farm is the heart of Sarah Humphrey's successful training operation. Sarah is a dedicated, hard working racehorse trainer who has held a dual purpose public licence since March 2008 having previously held a permit, trained point to pointers and evented. Sarah's plan is to remain a relatively small, hands-on trainer with no more than a couple of dozen horses so that she really can give each of the horses individual attention.
Being based with her husband and family at Yen Hall Farm, a working arable and sheep farm of 250 acres in South Cambridgeshire, about eight miles from Newmarket, is ideal as it creates a relaxed environment for the horses, with plenty of paddocks but with great facilities at home and the superb training grounds in Newmarket just a 20 minute box drive away.
For a small yard, Sarah has had a remarkable amount of success and, for example, during the 2011-2012 season, Sarah won more than £100,000 in prize money for her owners and had 24 wins from just 98 runs, giving her one of the very best strike rates of all the trainers in the country. In addition, Sarah had seven 2nds, sixteen 3rds and nine 4ths, so that her horses were in the "winners' enclosure" a remarkable 56 times from the 98 runs, an amazing tally, giving the owners lots of fun and satisfaction.
Winners during the 2012-2013 season included:
- Chain of Events - owned by Peter Edwards, who won on the flat at Sandown on 31 May and then again on 15 June
- Brass Monkey who won a bumper at Southwell on 15 May
- Presenting Paddy who won his novice hurdle at Fontwell on 21 June, on only his second appearance on a racecourse
- Tornade D'Estruval who won a 2 mile handicap chase at Uttoxeter, her first run since joining the yard, having been bought by Alan and Jane Bowen at the Doncaster May Sales
- Reve de Nuit who, having been placed in his first two starts since joining the yard, won convincingly over hurdles at Huntingdon on 27 August.
One of our latest recruits, Vasco d'Ycy won the classy juvenile hurdle at Newbury on the second day of the Hennessy meeting on 30 November. We have some lovely horses, nicely tuned up and raring to go on suitable ground. All in all, we are very excited about the prospects for the coming months!