Whilst Mick's name is attached to any success associated with West Ilsley Stables, the staff are responsible for the real hard graft. From the depths of bitter winter to the frenetic high summer, they are the ones at the sharp end who provide and care for the horses and provide The Boss with feedback on every intimate detail.
There are over sixty staff in all with the vast majority living on site, meaning that the horses are always the focus of attention.
Such a situation also means that there is a very close knit community at West Ilsley. This can lead to arguments aplenty, but with such a mix of personalities and nationalities - the hallmark of the racing industry today, the team ethic always shines through.
The staff have their own profiles below. Click on the photos and their souls are laid bare in the staff questionnaire. Rest assured, the opening descriptions are entirely accurate.