We’re passionate about training racehorses
Founded by leading New Zealand trainer Roger James in 1987, Kingsclere Stables have maintained a successful record of training elite racehorses for nearly four decades.
Boasting an impressive Roll of Honour which features over 1100 winners, 28 Group One winners and 135 stakes winners, Kingsclere is among the leading racing stables in Australasia.
Celebrated for being the ‘Derby King’, head trainer Roger James goes down in history for training the highest number of Group 1 New Zealand Derby winners. Roger achieved this feat through the success of multiple Group One winner’s Silent Achiever, Hades, Zonda, Roysyn and Tidal Light.
Among his long list of accomplishments, Roger has received the Champion New Zealand Trainer of the Year award and has become one of New Zealand’s most iconic trainers.
Training partner Robert Wellwood joined the team in 2017 after completing a Bachelor of Business Analysis (majoring in Finance) at The University of Waikato.
Initially appointed into the role of Racing Manager, Robert brought with him years of valuable experience working for some of the country’s most respected stables and studs.
Robert’s lifetime dream of becoming a trainer came to fruition at the beginning of the 2018/19 season when the James/Wellwood training partnership was established. Utilising his business degree, Robert was highly instrumental in developing systems to take the stables’ owner communication to new heights. Owners with horses in the stable can now enjoy industry leading updates using a variety of mediums.
Roger and Robert enjoyed a highly successful first term together and rounded off the season with one of the best strike rates in the country. Together they saddled 30 winners, including stakes winners Concert Hall, Hypnos and Elate. Progressive mare Rondinella was also extremely competitive, picking up three Group One placings in the Tancred Stakes, Sydney Cup and New Zealand Stakes.