CHARLIE Brooks will join the growing horseracing community in Herefordshire after his training partner Tom Lacey announced plans to relocate his stables to Woolhope.
The former trainer – and husband to former News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks – will remain heavily engaged in the business, despite recently handing in his license, said his partner Mr Lacey.
“We buy the hoses together, we sell them together,” he said.
“He will still be actively involved.”
In June, both Mr Brooks and his wife were cleared of all charges as part of the phone-hacking trial at the Old Bailey in London.
And now, along with his training partner, he will be moving their Cottage Field Stables operation to Herefordshire.
The pair will be swapping the famed ‘Chipping Norton set’ in Oxfordshire – a social group that counted PM David Cameron and Jeremy Clarkson amongst its members – for an elite group of racehorse trainers who call the county home.
A former jockey himself, Mr Lacey said he already knows the likes of Tom Symonds and Grand National winner Venetia Williams – with Monbeg Dude trainer Michael Scudamore also based in the county.
His new yard in Woolhope will feature 32 stables and extensive training facilities.
And Mr Lacey plans to move the 13 horses currently in his care from Chipping Norton on September 14.
He said: “We couldn’t afford to stay in the Cotswolds – The prices are crazy.
“Charlie will stay down there – it’s his family’s home, he’s Oxfordshire born and bred.”
The pair has carved out a successful reputation at Cottage Field for bringing on young horses and selling them on.
“It’s been a great year,” said Mr Lacey, who was once told by his headmaster to leave school and get a job, which he did, working his way up through the ranks of the racing world.
In his own schooldays Mr Brooks attended Eton with David Cameron, before pursuing a career as an amateur jockey and then trainer, coaching Suny Bay to consecutive runner-up spots in the National in 1997 and 98.
He married then Sun editor Rebekah Brooks in 2009, before renewing his trainers license in 2011 to work with Mr Lacey, with the team sending out five winners.