Born March 1966
Apprentice Jockey 1982 -1984
Professional Jump Jockey 1984 - 1997
Assitant Trainer 1997 – 2000
Racehorse Trainer 2000 – Current
Mark was born and bred in East Sussex, Marks love of horses and horse racing first started when he was a young teenager.
At 16 years of age Mark signed on as an apprentice jockey working for this father Roger Hoad, a successful National Hunt jockey who himself had ridden over 50 winners before becoming a successful training.
In 1982 just a few weeks after finished school, Mark was booked to ride his first ever ride over fences. He spent the night before with his head in the form book, analysing the likely tactics of his rivals. Mark then told his father how he planned to ride the race.
His father commented “all right, if you are so confident, do it your way.”
So he did, and landed his first ever career win on 8/1 shot Bash Street Kid, at Lingfield park, providing the owners with a £1800 first prize
On January 1st 1988 Mark notched up with 15 career win on Celliar a 33/1 shot in the Freddy start handicap chase.
Mark successfully went on to over 100 winners over a period of 15 years, in this period Mark rode for many different trainers including Toby Balding, Mark won 2 winners in a week Price Moon / Fjording keeping toby’s strike rate at 100%.
Mark started working for this father as an assistant trainer in 1997, where he finally took over the license in 2000. Mark Hoad racing was born
Within the first 3 week of being a professional racehorse trainer, on the 6th December 2000 Mark trained his first ever winner “Gaelic Foray” in a 7f selling stakes at Lingfield Park. “Gaelic Foray” went on to win again a week later.
Successfully Mark had now had 2 winners in the space of 3 weeks earning £3675 in winning prize money.
As a trainer he has a knack of improving horses from large yards due to the individual attention they receive and the idyllic location and training facilities.
“Charlottes Town” (winner of the Derby 1966) and “Shaun Spadah” (winner of Grand National 1921), both were trained from this yard!
Deciding who you want to train your racehorse is very important and a big decision, if not bigger than purchasing your racehorse. It is important that you feel comfortable with the knowledge that your trainer is giving the best possible care and attention on and off the track. With Mark he is a very much a hands on trainer, even today you will see him riding out every morning Mark likes to get to know each and every horse in his care.
Marks best national hunt trained horse:- “the staggery boy” which was purchased for 5k won over 29k pin prize money
Marks best Flat trained horses:-
“Mafeking (UAE) - 2004” Purchased for 6k winning 5 races and £62k prize money
“C'Mon You Irons (IRE) - 2005” Winning 5 races, 3 In a row totalling over £21k in prize money
“Mafi – winning 3 races and £10k prize money.