NE1 Racing Club; one year in…
It’s been just over a year since we began the racing club and now a moment to take stock on what has been a roller coaster ride for us all at NE1, and a fun one at that.
At the outset our aim was to simply try and successfully complete year one by attracting sufficient interest to make our enterprise sustainable. Our first target was to attract ten members , then we set our target to get to twenty members in year one and we surpassed that nicely in December.
We purchased a lovely 2yr old fast company filly to start the club,. She is a beautiful mover who glides across the ground and anyone who has seen her in the flesh has spoken nicely of her.
Her two runs so far in September ( Thirsk) and October ( Newcastle) showed pretty clearly that she needed time off to eat up and grow overthe winter and from regular visits she has done just that, so we are on track.
In her two Novices she was up against some smart horses from powerhouse yards, form already stacking up substantially. She knew her job, broke well and her finishing position does not reflect her potential we are certain of that, sometimes to get the best out of something it just takes one thing…time.
In June we decided to run Lukoutoldmakezebak (Rolo) in the racing club colours , a decision which was to prove a wise one. Rolo had a great summer winning two races at Ripon and Newcastle and he also has finished 2nd and 3 rd on a number of occasions too. He is a really genuine horse although he is idiosyncratic and needs races to be run to suit him in order for him to get his head in front.
It has been immensely satisfying that some of our racing club members havebeen in the winners enclosure on their first trip to the races as an owner. This is obviously difficult to maintain but we are always trying to make our trips to the races as fun and inclusive as possible.
Our next club outing will be hopefully a visit to Newcastle on the all weather, before we all head up to Musselburgh with a lot of club members for a double header from NE1 all being well, where both of our horses will take their chance on the Easter weekend.
A day at the races is a fantastic way to spend your leisure time and make new and lasting friendships. Last spring saw the industrial action taken within the industry to try and ensure prize money across all courses (particularly appearance money) is kept at reasonable levels. At NE1 Racing we are most grateful for any appearance money paid for horses who finish out of the frame . This capital injection has helped us in year one to remain viable. We don’t have the capacity at the moment to pay top dollar for yearlings or 2yo ‘s who have lofty pedigrees we have to be smart about every step of our growth, and we will be. We are operating in the margins, seeking value in all we do. There are loads of fantastic examples of racing clubs / syndicates who offer amazing value and professionalism to their members and we tip our hat to them all. We are just a group of ordinary racehorse fans who by working together can benefit each other in their pursuit of excitement. If you have supported us in our opening year we genuinely want to say thank you for helping us progress and grow at the rate we have.
Here are some of our highs and lows from year 1 at NE1
- Biggest excitement Rolo winning at Ripon in August at 25/1 early price!
- Biggest disappointment Not having more money on him ^^^^^
Best racecourse visited in 2019
a) for viewing Newcastle ( winning under the lights of the worlds only floodlit straight mile AW)
b) for Owners and trainers –Thirsk
c) on course hospitality – Musselburgh ……They served Venison in the bistro!
- Most annoying rival Jai Hanuman who beat us in a class 7 race at Gosforth Park rated 48 and was rated 70+ 3 months later stacking up a cheeky 4 time win streak. Naughty!
- Biggest improver we faced – We beat a horse called “Home before dusk” at Carlisle off a rating of 46 and that horse is now rated 92 just 7 months later.
- Favourite Racing Media Mick Fitz and Andrew Thornton
- Chance encounter at races Legendary Cricket Star David “Bumble” Lloyd .