Born and raised in the UK, Sam Pritchard-Gordon is the eldest son of Grant, the former Racing Manager of Prince Khalid Abdullah’s Juddmonte Farms. Grant managed the rise and rise of the famous green, pink and white silks. Sam’s earliest racing memories place him alongside his father and listening quietly to discussions with the great trainers of 80’s & 90’s - Cecil, Harwood, Stoute, Fabre, Frankel, Head etc. This offered Sam an unfettered insight into the careers of Dancing Brave, Danehill, Quest For Fame and Zafonic...to name but a few.
If you missed the TVN screening of Spending Time with Sam Pritchard-Gordon, you can catch watch the episode below.
Leap forward a decade and Sam joined his brother Tom to work alongside Grant in the family-run Badgers Bloodstock Consultancy. Despite a University degree, it was agreed that further hands-on experience of the Bloodstock industry would be beneficial to Sam and the business. Time spent in the employment of Juddmonte Farms exposed him to the best performed and bred thoroughbreds on the planet. The need to further broaden his horizons was embraced by his future wife Kate Dawson and they departed for Australia in 2005.
A year spent at Arrowfield Stud under John Messara’s tutelage exposed Sam to the running and management of a commercial stud. However, it was working at Gai Waterhouse’s Tulloch Lodge that firmed his resolve to eventually train. “Racing’s First Lady” instilled a work ethos and exposed Sam to an unparalleled level of owner management. Furthermore, Kate became Denise Martin’s assistant at Star Thoroughbreds. Her inherited knowledge of syndicate management and communication has had a very clear influence on PG Racing today.
Sam considered it a privilege to work alongside Lee and Anthony Freedman, while the four years spent as their Racing Manager was a very personal insight into one of the greatest training minds and operations. Needless to say, the time spent at Markdel Training complex has had a considerable influence on Sam’s thoughts on the conditioning of the thoroughbred.