The Team

Karen Parris - Assistant Trainer

Karen joined us in June 2012, having previously worked in a similar role for the past 15 years.

She is dedicated, tireless and never hesitates to give up her free time for the yard. There is nothing she cannot turn her skills to, which includes breaking in all the yearlings, riding work, organising the running of the yard, feeding and travelling horses and supervising their training schedule. She knows the horses intimately, how they move, stand and feed so she knows immediately whether there is something amiss.

In her spare time Karen has a very active role on her family farm and enjoys long walks with her dog Poppy.

Claire Ricks - Travelling Head Person

Claire has been an integral part of the Marco Botti team since joining in 2006. Claire worked alongside Marco and Lucie during their time at fellow Italian trainer, Luca Cumani’s, yard.

Claire is often seen taking horses to the races and representing the team.

In her spare time Claire enjoys walking her border terrier.

William Gleed (Bill) - Feed Man

Bill has been an influential part of the Marco Botti team since joining in January 2007, He has worked in racing all his life and was long listed for the Godolphin Stable staff awards in 2012, for services to racing.

Bill is in charge of the feeding at Prestige Place and is no doubt the best chef in Newmarket. He knows each horse in detail, what they eat and how they like their food.

Bill is first in each morning and last to leave of a night time. He is a real cog in the Marco Botti team. In his spare time Bill likes to spend it relaxing with his wife.

Alberto Baragiola

“Albi” joined the Marco Botti team in January 2013. He is in charge of the equine spa and treadmill, as treadmill manger he has a real feel for the horses and the way in which they are taking their training. Albi moved from Italy and has so far adapted well to the way of life in the UK and feels very much at home here.
In his spare time Albi enjoys his football and is a keen AC Milan supporter.

Hannah Turner

Hannah has been with the Marco Botti team for a season, having joined from another Newmarket trainer. Hannah is in the process of completing her NVQ level 3. Hannah can be seen representing the Marco Botti yard at the races.
In her spare time Hannah enjoy competing Marco’s ex racehorse – Ceremonial Jade in racehorse to riding horse classes.

Aimee Hockley-Righton - Secretary

Aimee is responsible for the smooth running of the Racing Office and is always at the end of the phone.

Aimee left world renowned Newmarket trainer Mr Clive Brittain for the move to Prestige Place. She also spent time as the Racing Secretary at Carlburg Stables and prior to this she spent four years at the British Racing School, recruiting the stars of the future into the racing industry.

In her spare time Aimee competes her two horses. She is married to Jockeys Agent Sash Righton and they have a daughter Sienna and son Nico.
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Mario Gussago - Travelling Staff

Mario is responsible for overseeing the runners at the races both here and Internationally.
Mario has been with the Marco Botti team for 4 years and is a great asset to the yard.

Mario is also responsible for seeing the horses onto the gallops in the morning. He is a good Italian cook and enjoys cooking in his spare time.

Lukas Vitek - 2nd Feed Man

Lukas joined the team at the start of 2016 and has been Bill's understudy in what is a very pivotal job in any racing yard. Ensuring the horses are well fed and happy.

Nicki Rutter - Accounts

Nicki joined the Marco Botti team in October 2014, having previously spent over 15 years working for top bloodstock agent Johnny Mckeever. She brings a wealth of experience into the office and is on hand to deal with any accounts queries.

Nicki is a lady of many talents and is also a practising equine chiropractor alongside her work for the Prestige Place yard. She is married to Keith and has a young son Jack.