Horses have always been a big part of life at Lambden and Sandy is the third generation to train from the stable’s. His Grandfather Moffat bred MacMoffat and successfully trained and rode many horses in point to points and on the course. His father David also rode successfully in point to points and trained many winners on the course including Half Awake who won the first running of the Greenalls Whiteley Gold Cup at Haydock in 1969 and trained Border Rag who was 2nd at the Cheltenham festival.
Before training horses Sandy had a successful rugby career winning the Scottish Championship with Kelso, playing for the South of Scotland on numerous occasions including games against the All Blacks and Australia, and representing Scotland B. He rode in a few point to points but rugby and racing did not mix. Sandy has always farmed at Lambden, but once his rugby days came to an end horses became an even bigger part of his life. Having successfully trained some homebred point to pointers and having had a few winners under Permit, Sandy took out a full license in 2012. His first big win was in 2013 when Netminder won the Wetherbys £60,000 Novice Chase at Ayr on Scottish Grand National Day.
With a 17% strike rate over the past three years, Sandy boasts one of the best strike rates in Scotland. He puts his success down to individual attention, hard work and the invaluable support from the Sandy Thomson Racing team.