As a baby, Richard was sitting on a racehorse even before he could walk. From a family steeped in racing, his uncle Nelson, his father Charlie, his brother Rae and his brother-in-law, Sir Henry Cecil, have all trained at the highest level. Richard's future was preordained from birth.

Richard Guest training in the stalls

At twelve, Richard decided that a better education for life could be obtained outside school rather than within it. He allied himself with the best. Lester Piggott used to take him racing and Sir Michael Stoute put the finishing touches to what Charlie had started so many years earlier and made him into a jockey. So highly were his skills valued, even as a teenager, that Stoute entrusted him with the legendary Shergar as his work jockey. In this illustrious company, Richard honed his skills as a jockey and continued the long process of picking the brains of genius trainers to equip himself with the skills needed to train horses himself.

Late in his teenage years, Richard found that his larger frame could no longer manage the impossible day-to-day wasting for the flat and joined Gold Cup and dual Grand National winning trainer, Toby Balding, at his Hampshire yard as a jump jockey in a glittering career, including riding Beech Road to Champion Hurdle success at the 1989 Cheltenham Festival.

After seven years under the wing of master horseman, Harvey Smith, Richard arrived at Brancepeth in Co Durham, where he set about first as assistant and then in his own right as trainer, transforming an unsuccessful yard into one of the top jumping yards in the north of England, sending out winners of big races like the Cathcart at the Cheltenham Festival, the gruelling Eider Chase at Newcastle and the pinnacle of jump racing, the Grand National in 2001, a race in which Richard was not only responsible for training the horse, but rode Red Marauder himself.

The old horse is still Richard's best friend, and he has been known to remark that, hard as it would be to lose his much cherished wife, Alison, it would be easier to bear than the loss of his companion, Red. Visitors to Ingmanthorpe Stables will see the old warrior taking pride of place in a paddock next to the stables.

Now some five hundred winners later, Richard has brought his considerable training skills to the Ingmanthorpe Stables, conveniently located half a mile from the A1(M) at Wetherby. His focus is largely on flat horses these days, with a strong belief that, one day, there will be another Shergar, and he will be trained by Richard at Ingmanthorpe Stables.

Asked to summarise his approach to training, Richard commented, ' I want to get the most out of horses for their owners, whilst, at the same time, giving owners loads of fun. Racing is part of the entertainment industry, and people who invest their hard-earned money deserve both success and enjoyment from the sport'.