Welcome to Philip Hide racing. Philip has been involved with racehorses since an early age, his father Tony Hide was a racehorse trainer in Newmarket. He was soon riding racehorses and despite showing some promise in the academic arena, his mind lay elsewhere. 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.

          During his years working for Josh Gifford, Philip also gained experience working and riding abroad during the Summer, going on working holidays to both France and the United States. Philip learnt a lot during these times, both from Jean Dasque in France and Jonathan Sheppard in the United States. His education in France was not limited to the racecourse and  he soon developed an appreciation for both cheese and wine. After many happy years working for Josh Gifford, Philip became attached to the Gary Moore yard in Brighton and latterly Horsham. He enjoyed many winners there before retiring from race riding due to injury related reasons in 2010. Philip then concentrated on his role as Assistant Trainer at the Gary Moore yard.

          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. 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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