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Welcome to Kingsclere Stables
We've trained the winners of over 1280 races, including 33 at Group 1 level Explore

Champion Trainer

Among his long list of accomplishments, head trainer Roger James has received the Champion NZ Trainer of the Year award.


Training Record

Trainers of the winners of more than 1280 races, including 33 Group 1 races and 159 stakes races throughout Australasia.



Kingsclere Stables is situated on the front doorstep of New Zealand’s premier thoroughbred training facility.

We’re passionate about training top-class racehorses

Founded by leading New Zealand trainer Roger James in 1987, Kingsclere Stables has maintained a successful record of training elite racehorses for nearly four decades. Roger currently trains in partnership with talented young horseman Robert Wellwood and the duo have produced numerous stakes winners since their training partnership commenced at the beginning of the 2018/19 racing season.


Our process

On-Farm Inspections

We've been buying successful racehorses for several decades and have a proven record of success. Each year, we attend on-farm parades to work our way through the Karaka catalogue to ensure no stone is left unturned.

Yearling Sales

The Kingsclere Stables team are available to attend all major Yearling and Ready to Run Sales. Countless hours are spent finding the perfect individual, and the team's focus is firmly on identifying the next stable star.


Before a horse can enter Kingsclere Stables to commence their training preparation, it will need to be broken-in. This process generally takes around six weeks and is where the horse learns to be ridden.

Stable Preparation

Once a horse has been broken-in, he will come into the stable for an educational preparation. During this process, the horse will be introduced to the demands of trackwork, and he will also learn to get settled into a distinct routine.


To keep a horse in peak physical and mental condition, they must spend time in the paddock (spelling). Roger and Sally own and operate a premier spelling facility where client horses are welcome to frequent.


Jumpouts are an educational tool used to teach a horse how to dispatch quickly from the starting gates. This process also teaches a horse to load in an orderly fashion while in the company of other young horses


Trials are non-betting races used for a variety of reasons, including; gaining experience, confidence, fitness, or for having a 'hit out' between runs. Most horses will trial at some point in their preparation, but some may head straight to the races.

The Races

Once fit and ready, a horse will head to the races. Roger and Robert establish a carefully mapped out racing program to suit each horse. Programs are built around giving every horse the best possible chance of winning.

A stable that prides itself on integrity

Our services


Horse Trainers

Kingsclere trainers Roger James and Robert Wellwood pride themselves on having one of the best and most consistent winning strike rates in the country.



Within Kingscleres’ stable complex, there are 34 boxes in a secure, enclosed barn, six open-air boxes, a ten horse walker and an office complex.



Maintaining excellent communication with our owners is paramount. When your horse is in work at Kingsclere, you will receive photos, videos and reports.


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