Philip Hide racing has been based at Cissbury for the past three years. His father, Tony Hide, was a racehorse trainer in Newmarket and Phil was riding from an early age. Immediately after passing his driving test he swapped sixth form college for the Sussex Downs and started working for Josh Gifford. He was soon a Conditional attached to the yard and rode his first winner at Fontwell Park on Missing Man in the 1990/1991 season, over 400 more were to follow. The highest profile amongst these was Brief Gale in the 1995 Royal Sun Alliance chase at the Cheltenham festival. Other leg-ups included top flight performers Bradbury Star, Deep Sensation, Mr Percy and Boardroom Shuffle to name just a few.
Philip has always been very ambitious and when the opportunity arose to train in the Findon area that he knows so well, he jumped at it. He had his first runner out of Cissbury Stables in early December 2012 and his first winner soon followed when Stir Trader won a seven furlong handicap at Lingfield. The majority of the stables are currently filled with flat horses but the aim is to train jumpers too. There is currently room for 18 horses in the American Style barn with room to expand. Using a meticulous approach Philip ensures each racehorse is treated as an individual. Keen to apply science to his setup as well good old fashioned horsemanship, the mix should ensure that Cissbury Stables becomes a force to be reckoned with over the coming years.
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