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Whatever happened to Steve Norton? The trainer based near Barnsley, South Yorkshire was a favourite of mine but just disappeared from the racing pages sometime ago. I'd love to know if he is OK. Hope you can help.

Answer: As far as I can ascertain Steve Norton retired from training at the end of the 1995 season.

His best year was 1992 when he trained 27 winners from 187 runners amassing total prize money of £153,412.

However in 1995 he only trained 8 winners from 128 runners with total prize money of £53,389.

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Jan 19, 2016
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Not kind to horses
by: Anonymous

I remember him in the 1970s and 80s. He used to train at his stables in Silkstone Common and then moved to Cawthorne Park. I used to spend time at the stables riding out and helping in spare time. He was a poultry farmer who changed to horse racing in the 60s or 70s. He wasn't a good horseman and was often cruel to the horses. I disliked the man and am sure that he wouldn't have trained as many horses if the owners knew how he treated them.

Feb 26, 2014
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Steve Norton
by: Tanya from Boston

My husband and I were caught in a 10 hour layover in Ft. Lauderdale last Friday. We decided to go to the Holllywood Boardwalk. Ran into a really nice guy at the beach who reminded me of my grandfather... Steve Norton. He told us all about his horse training days. He still lives in W. Yorkshire but loves Florida. He's trying to buy a condo in Hollywood where he would spend 6 months out of the year, as well as downsize to a condo near W. Yorkshire. He was so interesting that I thought I'd look him up. That's how I found your post. He looks healthy, happy and very tan.

Feb 06, 2013
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Steve Norton
by: Liam McManus

he's fine. hanging out in dive bars in Hollywood, South Florida.










































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Steve Norton, Barnsley

Grand National 1978 in which S Norton had 2 runners

Grand National 1978 in which S Norton had 2 runners

Notes on the career of Steve Norton, racehorse trainer?

Answer: S G Norton trained at High Hoyland, Yorks (near Barnsley) from 1988 to 1995

1993 was his best year with 45 winners from 322 runners when he received £204,895 in total prize money

He trained horses for all codes of racing flat, all weather, chase and hurdles but failed to reach any great heights in any of them, contenting himself with just making a living from something he enjoyed. It has been said he liked a drink and this may well have held him back.

It is possible he was already training in 1978 but records from sources such as Racing Post only go back to 1988.

There is a record in Seventiesnationals
recording 2 runners of his in the 1978 Grand National - Hidden Value who finished 16th and Silkstone who finished 39th. Hidden Value was ridden by Tommy Stack who picked up the ride after the withdrawal and subsequent retirement of his intended mount, Red Rum.

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Aug 21, 2017
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Steve a very good judge
by: Anonymous

Hi my brother worked for Steve for many years and Steve was a very good judge in both buying and training with some top class horses not many if any have trained the first two in the Cambridgeshire along with group winners

Nov 23, 2016
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Laser Lady
by: RB

Steve Norton trained a good filly Laser Lady which must have been late 70's

Nov 23, 2016
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My first job in racing in 1984
by: William clayton

He was a great guy to work for and had good staff

Jul 26, 2016
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Who says Steve Norton was not successful?..
by: Debbie Sanderson

Steve Norton trained on a dual purpose licemce over the years.

His success arrived in the form of Full Extent as SGN was one of the braver trainers who went to purchase in Keeneland and this colt was purchased there. He went on to win the Gymcrack.

He also trained the group winning filly Goodbye Shelley; the listed winner Mr Meeka; the Irish Derby placed Sprice Baby and Cambridgeshire winners Leysh and Mowray Boy to name but a few.

He was a very good judge of a horse and ran a very successful yard until the late 80s.

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