Emperor's Well was foaled in 1999, a chestnut colt by First Trump out of Catherine's Well, whose story you may well have read elsewhere on these pages. He was a half-brother to Great St Wilfrid Handicap winner William's Well and multiple winning sprinter Elvington Boy. He was bred by myself and my good friend, the late Ken Hodgson who had owned the mare and also whose colours had been carried by many winners trained here including Westcourt Magic, Hasta La Vista and Jedi Knight.
As a two and three year old he remained a maiden. He'd made his two year old debut at Musselburgh in April 2001 and showed promise in three runs which resulted in a handicap mark of 70 but he couldn't get his head in front.
Emperor's Well had to wait until the September of his four year old career to taste success, when he won the 'Dewsbury Selling Handicap' at Pontefract over a mile. And did he win that day, romping home by six lengths ahead of Eric Alston's grand old warrior Rymer's Rascal in the hands of Richard Quinn. Despite his emphatic victory there was no bid for him at the post-race auction and so we brought him back home.
He was from a family that we knew improved with age and in September 2004 at the age of five he won twice in the space of six days, both races at Beverley and both ridden by Terry Lucas. But he had to wait for almost another year before he was to win again, back at his favourite track of Beverley. Emperor's loved the stiff finish and at odds of 7/2 he was back in the winners' enclosure ridden by Serena Brotherton. Serena is my favourite jockey, she has immense strength and will always give your horse a good ride and that's just what she did at Beverley that day. She timed it perfectly, leading all the way and coming home unchallenged.
Emperor's always had plenty of family connections and on 1st August 2006 he gave Joanna Mason her first ride as an amateur rider when he raced at Beverley. The pair finished second to my other horse Gala Sunday, with Serena riding the winner.
In 2007 Emperor's Well was eight years old when he reeled off another two straight wins, Paul Mulrennan got him home in front at Ripon and then in July my granddaughter Jacqueline Coward rode him to win at Beverley.
Emperor's Well's last win came at Thirsk in July 2008, when Paul Mulrennan won the TurfTV Handicap on him over a mile. He was to become a regular ride for Jacqueline and Joanna in amateur races and despite plenty of placed runs he was unable to win again. Tumbling down the ratings, he ran his last race at Redcar in September 2010 at the age of 11. At that point the decision was made to call time on his career.
In his ten season career he gave a lot of owners and jockeys plenty of fun. He had started his career in the red and blue colours of Mr and Mrs Hodgson and he signed off wearing the pink and black 'Hoof It' silks of Chubby Chandler and Lee Westwood, with four other owners in between!
In a career spanning 93 starts Emperor's Well won seven races and was placed 20 times, earning almost £38,000 in prizemoney.