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Jonathan Portman is a hands on horseman with worldwide experience and has been training flat and jumping racehorses since 1998.

Formerly  as an amateur rider he rode winners of flat in France and jump races in England. He was also closely involved in the training of point to pointers and Arabians, riding them with great success.

Prior to training, Jonathan was assistant to Breeders Cup winning trainer Jonathan Pease in Chantilly, France and to Derby winning trainer Luca Cumani in Newmarket. He also worked in Australia and the USA.

The first 14 years of Jonathan’s training career, assisted by his wife Sophie, were spent in the rented yard of Peter Cundell near Newbury. During that time he trained several winners over fences, including, King Of Sparta, Annie Byers and Ned Ludd. On the flat prolific two year old winners such as Cheap Street, Spanish Bounty, Baycat did their turn along with other useful older horses in handicaps. Most of these winners were purchased by the trainer on very low budgets.

In a quest to improve his results and reputation Jonathan relocated to Whitcoombe House Stables in Lambourn, Berkshire having acquired the stables from Charlie Mann in the spring of 2012.