About Panther

Gay, Anne, Alan meeting with Robert Winston in the paddock

Manager – Anne Cairns

Anne is the go between for owners and members of Panther and the trainers. Communication is the single, most important factor, of group owned horses. All owners need to be kept fully updated as soon as there is any news concerning their horse via text or email. Also, periodic newsletters for the whole of Panther, plus individual bulletin letters on individual horses / dogs to their owners. Also, an owner can phone direct to Anne. YOU WILL BE KEPT FULLY INFORMED.


Anne Cairns set everything away, along with her husband Alan and from having leased their first horse with trainer MAURICE AVISON, ( MUSICAL MYSTERY ), who was placed as well as winning for them in their first season of ownership ), expanded into the yard of W.A. STEPHENSON. All told, Anne has been syndicating horses for over 25 years now, the last 17 under Panther Racing.

It was from Arthur’s that further success snowballed, with horses purchased from Arthur going on to racecourse success. DEEP DECISION (by DEEP RUN) – pictured in winning action – was a great servant, who became a multiple winner for his owners and was rarely unplaced until he was retired at twelve. He has had an active retirement with friends who have taken several of our horses which have been retired. There were also the very smart GOING PUBLIC and STRONG MEASURE – both by the top N. Hunt sire STRONG GALE. Both won races and could have gone on to achieve major honours but problems curtailed their careers. EVERY SINGLE HORSE WE PURCHASED FROM ARTHUR WON RACES FOR US.

As just about all the horses had been for National Hunt, Anne then took on some flat horses. Having known ALAN SWINBANK for many years, she took a horse with BILL HAIGH who held the licence at Thorndale farm while Alan was taking his trainer’s courses in order to get the licence. Once Alan had his licence, the number of horses ( running under the Leading Star banner ) increased and so did the winners with DARK CHARACTER winning his bumpers in emphatic style. Unfortunately injury curtailed his career. However, flat horses BLAIR and SENSIMELIA won 5 races and 3 races, while others also landed the spoils. Several horses were sold on and when injury curtailed Sensimelia’s career, she was sold to be a brood mare and her first offspring went into training with Alan.

As we had known CHRIS GRANT from when he rode as stable jockey to Arthur Stephenson, the opportunity arose to have a horse in training with him shortly after he had started training. Since that first horse, we have had many more and plenty of success.

Then followed horses with GAY KELLEWAY who trains in Newmarket and we had many runners and visits to the winners enclosure. Panther had the opportunity to team up with TINA JACKSON in 2011 who trains near Whitby in North Yorkshire and Boris The Blade was leased from The Thatchmire stud. Since then, we have purchased horses with trainer JAMES EWART.  Last season we took a horse with REBECCA MENZIES who joined the training ranks at only 24 years of age. It was an excellent first season and we were with Becky in the winners enclosure with PISTOL BASC who was Becky’s first winner and UNCLE BRIT Becky’s first flat winner. Both horses have now been retired from racing sound to good homes and we are awaiting another horse at the yard. Meanwhile the opportunity arose to have horses with 2 more young trainers starting out – LUCY EGERTON and SAM ENGLAND (formerly Drake until marrying jockey Jonny England ). Bothhorses won their races and this brings us pretty much up to date, although it should also be pointed out that there have been plenty of other trainers with whom Panther have been associated successfully over the years. In fact there have been a total of 29 horse trainers with whom Anne has managed and syndicated horses with and many of the trainers have been or are household names spread throughout England, Ireland and Scotland. 

Recently, we have taken a more active interest in greyhound racing and one dog seemed to follow another as they joined Panther with trainers YVONNE BELL, JIM DALY & JAYNE MEEK. This aspect of Panther is continuing to grow. Exciting times !



Join Panther today to be part of the future. The next winner is waiting for you !