A New Chapter in Oliver Sherwood’s Career: From Trainer to Assistant
In a surprising move, veteran horse racing trainer Oliver Sherwood has announced that he will be stepping down from his training duties within the next few weeks. Instead, he will take up the position of assistant to Harry Derham.
Sherwood is no stranger to success on the track. He began his career in 1984 and went on to train many notable horses throughout his nearly four-decade-long tenure, including Large Action (a dual Grade One-winning hurdler), Arctic Call (winner of the 1990 Hennessy), and Many Clouds (the 2015 Grand National champion).
A Career Full of Ups and Downs
Sherwood’s departure comes after several difficult years for him both personally and professionally. In addition to dealing with health issues following multiple rounds of chemotherapy, he has also struggled with dwindling numbers in his yard.
The recent death of close friend Richard Aston was also a significant blow for Sherwood. These events prompted him to reassess his priorities; together with wife Tarnya they decided it was time for a change.
Looking Towards The Future
“There’s no way I can get out of the game,” said Sherwood regarding horses.”It’s something which has been bothering me for the last four or five months knowing I didn’t have enough horses so you’ve just got be realistic.”
“When you are involved in racing it is 365 days a year, 24 hours a day,” Sherwood added. “There’s more to life than training racehorses.”
Sherwood plans to relinquish his licence next month but hopes to take many of his current horses with him to Derham, who enjoyed a fine start last term in his first season with a license.
A Career Full Of Memories
Reflecting on his career, Sherwood spoke about the many successes he was able to achieve and the amazing people he had worked alongside throughout the years.
“I was very lucky,” said Sherwood. “I had some incredible success which showed I learned a fair bit from those two and I’ve been lucky enough to have some really nice horses and some great people working with me.”
Despite stepping down as trainer, however, Sherwood will not be leaving horse racing entirely. He still wants to be involved and plans on remaining around horses for as long as possible.