Mark Pitman was born with racing in his blood.
His father, Richard Pitman, was a top National Hunt jockey turned racing commentator and his mother, Jenny, is arguably the greatest female trainer in history. Jenny has a full set of Grand National titles including winning the Aintree showpiece – twice! She also won two Cheltenham Gold Cup’s, the Hennessey Gold Cup and the King George VI Gold Cup amongst many other races.
Mark worked for the legendary David Nicholson for three years before moving onto the fifteen times champion trainer Martin Pipe. He later became first jockey to his mother, Jenny, and the two of them had some top class victories including the ultimate prize of the Cheltenham Gold Cup in 1991. He was top jockey at the prestigious Aintree festival in 1990 and rode around 300 hundred winners before retiring at the age of 26.
Mark became Assistant Trainer for three years to his mother, Jenny, during which time the big race successes continued.
Mark then took out his own Trainer’s license in 1996 and having started with just five horses made an immediate impact when his first runner was a winner. The yard continued to grow and so did the winners. He trained National Hunt and Flat horses during his nine year career and trained over 220 winners including winners at the Cheltenham Festival and all the top tracks in the country.
The Jenny & Mark Pitman Racing Club was set up in June 2008 with the aim to provide people with a memorable racing experience at a nominal cost. The Club’s horses have performed with great credit throughout 2009 and the feedback we have received from Members has all been very positive. We currently have around 220 members and this means we can give a personal service to our members which is very important to us. We have recently launched the Gold Club and this enables people to have more of a commitment and become an owner in a syndicate managed by Jenny & Mark.
Mark attends all the major bloodstock sales and has successfully been buying racehorses for over 20 years for many of the countries’ top racehorse owners. His ability to select top class horses, even when they are foals has stood many an owner in good stead.