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In the run up to the Cheltenham Festival a professional team of racing journalists provided the club with fascinating insight, which collectively proved to be pretty accurate! Members were given a paddock pick direct from the Parade Ring which was posted on The British Racing Club website before each race.
During the 4 days of racing and having assessed around 500 horses, they managed to pull out a handful of winners including some big priced each way selections - which was great for the members who backed them!
At Newcastle University a BRC member hosted a Cheltenham Preview evening with a panel made up of student racing fans. It was a great way to get young people involved in the sport and come together with the buzz of the Cheltenham Festival around the corner. The British Racing Club proudly sponsored the event and the evening was a resounding success, bringing together many young racing fanatics and all for a good cause.
The future is Flat – The Club’s New Racing Recruits
The British Racing Club has got in on the flat action and started to build its team in earnest and now the search is on for more flat recruits! Hope and Glory heads the team, in training with Tom Dascombe, who became the club’s first Flat trainer after purchasing her at the Tattersalls December Yearling Sale in 2016. Members were asked to come up with an appropriately British themed name for the filly and they received a whole array of ideas ranging from iconic British food and drinks to famous Historians.
Eventually, after much deliberation, Hope and Glory was chosen as the name, fitting the bill rather well. She is an April foal by the sire Dandy Man out of the dam Tashyra. She continues to be prepared for the flat season and Tom is very pleased with her progress. He described her as “a feisty little individual who enjoys her exercise and wants to please.”
Just this week Charlie Hills has joined the team of trainers with the club’s new 3 year old, Spare Parts. He is a Bay Gelding by Choisir out of Grandel (Owington), purchased as a foal in 2015. He was in training last year as a two year old but, being a little backward, did not make the racecourse. Charlie ran him at Kempton Park in February for his racecourse debut where he finished down the field but he will improve hugely from that run.
He ran again at Kempton Park last week where he had a poor draw. He will get better with experience and looks an exciting prospect once he moves in to handicaps. His sire Choisir raced predominately in Australia, but wowed British fans when he came to our shores, winning the King’s Stand (Group 2) and the Golden Jubilee (Group 1). Hugely talented and very fast, let’s hope some of that rubs off on Spare Parts!
And finally their latest recruit is a lovely bay Filly by Rip Van Winkle out of Marliana. She is a slightly backward 2 year old who will go into training with Ed Vaughan in Newmarket. Ed has trained a couple of other progeny of Marliana and it is hoped he will be able to get the best out of her. She will be given time to mature, so it is unlikely she will be seen on the racecourse until August at the earliest. Nevertheless, she is doing everything that has been asked of her with enthusiasm and athleticism! Long may that last. Her Sire Rip Van Winkle excelled in Ireland for Aidan O' Brien, racing mainly at a mile and winning over £1.2m in prize money.
The search will not stop here however, a trip to the sales is planned in April with Richard Hughes and they are still on the lookout for anymore suiters.
As a Rewards4Racing member we’d like to reward you for joining the British Racing Club, so, once you’ve signed up we’ll credit your account with £25 worth of Rewards4Racing points to spend at a race meeting of your choice!
So, for more information or to join the club, visit www.britishracingclub.co.uk