| Thomas Geoffrey Dascombe (born 30 April 1973) is a leading racehorse trainer currently operating from Manor House Stables, Cheshire, United Kingdom. His most notable achievements to date are training Classic Blade and Firth Of Fifth to win the G2 July Stakes and G2 Superlative Stakes respectively, on consecutive days in 2008 at Newmarket.
Tom finished 21st in the GB Trainers' Championship in 2009 by number of winners.
Born in Bristol, to Bill and Sue Dascombe, Tom first got his passion for horses watching the ITV Seven with his Grandfather and Dad. Tom began riding ponies at three years old.
Tom's first job in racing was for Henry Candy in Lambourn, but Tom's sights were set on the top. "The other kids at school thought I was mad," he remembered. "As an armchair punter, I thought I knew everything, so I applied to join Martin Pipe - start at the top and work your way down."
Of his five years there, Tom said: "The one thing I learned - although I didn't appreciate it until I'd worked for others - is that his horses were never asked to do more than they were capable."
Having left Pipe's in 1995, Tom arrived in Lambourn as a freelance, riding out for five different trainers. "I got the message when, between them, they provided me with three rides in 18 months, so I started riding out for Ralph Beckett and, as he grew, I became his assistant."
After a year, Tom took three months off to go to America to think about his future and while helping break 80 yearlings in Florida, he realised that two-year-olds would be central to his future. His own training was completed by a stint with the top South African trainer, Mike de Kock.
In 2005, Tom founded ONEWAY Racing in Lambourn, starting out with just a handful of horses. By 31 October 2009 he had sent out 130 flat winners in Great Britain from 818 runners, a strike rate of 16%.
Manor House Stables
Of the move, Tom commented "After four years training and running my own business in Lambourn I am delighted to have been given the opportunity of taking charge at Manor House Stables. At first, I was reluctant to give up my own business but as soon as I saw the facilities at Manor House Stables and felt the enthusiasm radiating from Michael Owen and Andrew Black when they described plans for future development I had no hesitation in accepting the appointment as a partner in their business and to move my training operation to Malpas."