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Blog 8

NE1 Racing Club

Date –Friday 27thSeptember 19

Location – Newcastle Racecourse

So it was Thai Green curry on the menu on a chilly night at Gosforth Park in the O+T enclosure, tasty tucker as per usual and hi 5 to the ladies on portion control, very generous! Good to warm the cockles and set our club members up for what was soon to be a memorable night for us all, including some brand new members which was fantastic! Shout out to Patsy, Shaun and Dave on their first visit with the club, in for a live one! 

We found a table in the corner of O + T and started the rumblings of how we all thought the race would or could pan out, and over our shoulder on the screen was an old rival of Rolo ( Jim Goldies Insurplus ) whizzed home at 22-1 to get our night off to an interesting start, Rolo has been involved in close races with that horse in previous races. Form franked for our race ahead and funny how horses run well at certain tracks…its as if they know don’t you think? 

We all headed round to the pre parade ring to get a snapshot of the horses and our challengers to be, and I must say the condition of some of these animals was excellent, just goes to show how much effort to look after the horses by all stable staff and the pride of their work, cant be over done really! Having chatted and whispered about dangers I managed a quick word with a jockey returning in to the weighing room (This passes the pre parade) and he said it was riding fast due to the sudden downpour an hour earlier, this would compress the track and almost stick it together. His words were that horses where struggling to come from off the pace, very interesting. 

So having seen our lad lap around a few times we filtered around to the rails bookmakers and looked at some, lets say enterprising prices. 10-1 / 12-1 …and one brave/smart bookie was offering 16-1 for our horse. Members aligned and took turns to take up the rich pickings from the bookmaker who will remain anonymous, some people may or may not have returned for second helpings. 

The parade ring was packed, racing clubs, syndicates and partnerships all excellent to see in the current climate of racing, and for a northern track it was good to know the demand for the sport we love is certainly there! 

Harrison Shaw came over to us and gave a short pinpoint brief on what happened at Musselburgh 2 runs back, and seemed pretty confident to go one better as the saying goes. 

Everyone has their lucky spots to watch the race unfold, mine is right down by the screen on the rail, I have cheered him home to win twice before so made sense to revisit. I took Patsy and Shaun along with Trevor to the lucky position and everyone else got there best view sorted, and off they went. Rolo broke well and got a good position on the stands rail, one back from a horse that would attempt to make the running. They went a good gallop and 2f out the leader came back peddled and a gap appeared and Rolo took it first time of asking. Harrison gradually wound him up to be in top gear and was in front at the furlong pole, with him having winning form over a mile and the true test at Newcastle over 7f it was meant to be for NE1 members tonight. The winning distance was ¾ of a length returning SP of 11/1. (Apologies to anyone within 50 yards of us at the finish line, we were over the moon with his run).

Winning protocol of heading straight to the winners enclosure for a debrief from Harrison, and an interview with Peter from Andrew Thornton on sky sports racing, to be also quizzed on the origin of Rolos racing name (LUKOUTOLDMAKEZBAK)! He explained it very well! 

After champagne and celebrations with members, and re run of the race at least 10 times we retired to O + T and reflected on what just happened. His figures at Newcastle are now 14 runs, placed 5 times and won 3 times ( in 2019 he has been 3rd, 2nd1stat the track). 

Furthermore our nice prospect Poco Contante will be running her 2ndrace on 9thOctober in a Fillies races over a mile at Newcastle for 2yr olds only. Members have all been kept up to date with her progress and we are very excited by her development. 

Relating back to Peters interview with Andrew Thornton, he was asked about our plan for the club and it was said we are hoping for 20 members in year one, having currently been on 17 we have space for only 3 more members in 2019 and no surprise after this win we have had a good few positive enquiries, so if you are wanting a piece of this action for only £350 all in, contact us on Twitter or email info@ne1racingclub.comto get stuck in with us. It really is the most cost effective club going, with really genuine members and a good strong club ethos.

All the best, 

Anthony. 

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Blog 7…Return of the Mak

THE JOIN OVER 8,000 MEMBERS APPRENTICE HANDICAP STAKES (CLASS 6)  at Ripon on Tuesday August 6th will not stay in the memory for most people for too long , but for us at NE1Racing Club it will always hold fond memories as it provided our very first winner since we started earlier in the year.

We have two horses in ownership  for members in the club and it was Lukoutoldmakezebak  (Rolo)who managed to get his head in front at Ripon on his third outing under the ownership of the racing club. He has been really unlucky this year to have bumped into several very very well handicapped horses in narrow defeat, The pattern has been that they beat us narrowly of a very low mark then go on to run up a sequence. 

With horses you are learning all of the time and after his short head defeat at Hamilton it  is now apparent that Rolo really relishes a bit of cut in the ground. Jockey Jamie Gormley said he loved the ground that day when it was particularly soft. We had been forced to run him over 1m 1f simply because we have not been able to get into 1m races because of our low handicap mark. Which then becomes a self fulfilling downward spiral as the handicapper will drop him further . It is so important in my book that the race programmers look at the programme for horses based in the north rated 45-55 as the lack of provision is glaringly obvious. Recent races at Redcar/ Newcastle  have attracted entries in excess of 60. These races on the programme have not been identified as races which can divide which is the biggest gaffe of all. It also should tell the authorities that ok prize money can always be better, but it is not stopping owners from entering.It is the lack of suitable races at the lower end. It dismayed me to hear a pundit on Luck on Sunday recently bemoaning the number of low grade races that were being run. The discussion was around the volume of racing. I agree there is probably too much racing especially through the summer months, but as John Dance highlighted months ago, the % of horses currently in training which are rated below 55 is staggeringly high. Without these horses and owners the industry as we recognize it now would not function. Jim McGrath clearly didn’t see it that way!

Our trip to Ripon started unpromisingly as our SatNav took us through some lovely villages within touching distance of the course just for the craic. On arrival we were greeted warmly by staff and found our way to the Owners and Trainers facility . It had been many years since we had last been to Ripon and it is clear that the most improved small racecourse plaque at the base of the stairs was not out of place. It is a lovely facility which provides owners with comfort and a clear view of the parade ring. In the parade ring before our race we chatted to James and Sally Bethell who were there  with Jessinamillion. Rolo was with James at Middleham prior to moving back up north and if there is a nicer person in racing I am yet to meet him.

The beautiful parade ring is large enough to get lost in and after passing the time of day with Brian Ellison we looked up and could see our jockey Aled Beech about twenty metres away at the top end  surrounded by trainer and members of the racing club.In as calm a fashion as we could we scurried across to make our introductions . In my mind I knew that jockey Aled had ridden two winners recently at Yarmouth and Newmarket using front running tactics and having seen the clips I felt today would be the day that a similar strategy  would work for us. Trainer David had already given Aled the tactics which were completely different, to hold horse up and let him come through 3 furlongs out . Apprentice races sometimes are run at a breakneck pace and he said we wanted no part in that. Aled got on we made our way on to course and took up our position. Normally at this point I wander off and watch the race in a quiet spot. On this occasion we all stood together and having put my little wager on the night before  at 25/1 I did not have to worry about getting bets on.

3 furlongs out just for moment I thought we were in trouble  but Aled rode the race to perfection and brought him home up the centre seeing off the challenge from the ultra game Betty Grable. In real time the feeling of watching your horse stride out to win a race is second to none. I wanted to capture the moment so we got a photo taken  before we headed to the winners enclosure.

coming to challenge!
Rolo bursting clear

The next ten minutes or so were a bit of a blur. Aled and David interviewed on Sky, presentation from Terry  on behalf of ROA who were sponsoring the entire card as the ROA Industry Ownership Day. Then champagne and nibbles and the chance to watch a re run in the company of our members and everyone connected with the yard. The genuine delight of the occasion was a moment I will never forget and nor too will our members.

cheers

The rest of the evening flew over too quickly but I would recommend owners with a healthy appetite use their meal voucher at the canteen opposite  the O/T as the voucher can be redeemed there and you will not be disappointed . The salad offer upstairs in O/T did look superb by the way, just not my bag.

Drinks on us!

Not every day’s racing can end up the way that this one did, but when they happen they are worth remembering. Aled Beech is a sensible intelligent level headed jockey who I would recommend . He travelled all the way from Newmarket  just for the one ride and as I have always believed, hard work will pay off in the long run.

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Do not pass go, do not collect £200…NE1 Blog 6 is here.

There’s a starman…..

We at NE1Racing have been discussing what we feel is a worrying trend
certainly in flat racing, but after the debacle of the Irish Grand National earlier this week , it seems the problem is spreading across both codes…

Multiple entries and 40%of the field of the Irish Grand National were owned by Gigginstown House Stud. This follows on from last year’ Epsom Derby when 33.3% of the field were owned by the Derrick Smith team. So what is wrong with that? I hear you ask. Well it’s a monopoly isn’t it.? Well it’s good for racing is the stock answer because of the huge investment made by a tiny number of very wealthy businessmen. Ok so this small number of people put a lot into the game but they are taking it out again quick time, If this trend continues how long will it be before we have an Epson Derby contested by horses all owned by the same owner , running in the same colours with different caps. In my view at that point the game will be up, don’t you agree?
Here’s a thought. Limit owner entry into Group/Graded races to 3 runners per race. I know it conspires against the free market principle but in my view something radical needs to be done to prevent the relentlessly blind sprint to the abyss. Simplistic perhaps but someone else come up with a better idea, just putting it out there?
One of the points of great interest for us is observing which jockeys/ trainers have started the season on the front foot as people speculate as to which horses will be classic contenders/ champion jockeys etc. Huge shame to see Too Darn Hot missing out on the early Classic but hopefully he will have a chance to shine as his campaign runs it’s course, although it did seem like theorist kept secret for a while. On the jockey front how about two lively outsiders for the jockeys championship.Joe Fanning currently priced at 80/1 has started the season on fire with 52 winners already in 2019. He finished 7th last year.

Even more left field is the mercurial Franny Norton who finished equal tenth last year but who we think is riding better than ever in 2019. Price on application forFranny. It may be that Silvestre gets hamstrung by his retainer with King Power in terms of dictating when and where he is expected to go. Same may apply to Oisin to which is why the title could be won by a person who will pop up for rides here there and everywhere during the summer months. So whilst there may be doubts in some quarters about who will ride the most winners, I think Silvestre and Oisin will break their ducks in the Classics this year. Good luck to them. One young man who deserves a shout out, is the young Jason Watson, surely one to look out for the future, what style and balance he has at a young age.


It is good to see some normality return to racing now that the prize money fiasco has be abated albeit temporarily.However that didn’t help us on our recent trip to Southwell when we pocketed the princely sum of £163.81 for finishing 4th ,which would have just about covered half of the travel cost of getting the horse there. The horse hated the kickback anyhow so we wont be back regardless.Still don’t know why some courses offer place money of £400 to eight and others only £300. Someone tell me what the criteria is for that?
What has been good to note is that some courses are really getting their teeth into successfully bringing new visitors in to see racing on race days. I have seen personally in the last couple of months packed crowds at two arc courses as the executives have thought outside the box to coax / encourage new visitors. The free entry at Southwell must have made them a fortune on the night. What lessons could and should be learnt from that? Last year during May we visited Nottingham for their Ladies Day. I sincerely hope that security is stepped up this year as last year it was flimsy at best. There were what looked like sixth formers on the doors to hypothetically restrict access between the various areas(O/T) and corporate. Didn’t stops swathes of merry punters taking residence wherever they felt like dropping into. The stag who ran onto the course to complete the last furlong dressed in only a severely tested thong slicing his modesty in half, and horses head should not really have been possible should it. We are planning to go again this year (I know) but hope the security is stepped up and lessons learned.
NE1 Racing is now three months old (wooo) and we are pleased with the feedback we have received to say the least. In our first year we have a target figure of members which would like to achieve and we are delighted at how we are progressing. What is even more pleasing is that some recognisable figures in the industry have acknowledged and given kind words to what we are trying to do , and will do. So, If you have ever been involved with racehorse ownership please consider joining us, and if you haven’t its the perfect starting point for sure. The fee of only £350 is incredibly modest for the level of involvement you will enjoy and it is a one off payment for a year’s membership. We guarantee fun and enjoyment along the way, so what are you waiting for?

The NE1 team

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Blog 5

Roll up Roll up!

Well what can be said about this horse Tiger Roll, multiple Cheltenham champ and on the double at Aintree over the toughest test ? Hats off to everyone involved and Gordon Elliott for the time spent on preparing  this amazing horse. As per most yards, I feel its key to point out the number of people who will have played their part in the successes yesterday; stable staff that don’t get the champagne moments as much , here’s to all of them, their work is very much acknowledged by owners and fellow horse racing fans. Michael O‘Leary well and truly had people away pre race giving the horse no chance, if only Ryanair flight times were as predictable as Tiger Roll over the big obstacles! 

Straight in with a nice little update regarding our Fab Filly, Poco! We mentioned in our  the last blog that  our future superstar was off to Chris Dennis to be broken in, and what we have heard so far is music to NE1 racing clubs ears! I contacted Chris for a brief catch up last week on her progress and how she was taking to her new job, and I got good reports and more than a hint of optimism (Calm down lads)! She has been backed and ridden away, and hasn’t flinched according to what she’s been asked to do, and called “nice” more than once during the call.  We have been invited to come and get some footage to share with members via our private group. Chris’s Wife joked she would get his best kit out for the filming, I am sure it will be great viewing. Chris has a role within the BHA and was at Aintree over the last 4 days, so a man that knows his nags!

So , the plan is once Poco has familiarised with her early work, she will be back to David Thompson’s yard, to assess the situation and get relevant feedback on how she has been , and what the early indicators are , timeframes etc , then the plotting can begin with our members. 

UPDATEWe are scheduling a yard visit in the next week or so , and everyone will be contacted and invited to come along and enjoy this fantastic Spring weather and meet the team too, good times ahead for sure. Come along if you can!

To our other interest that runs in NE1 colours is Peter’s horse Lukoutoldmakezbak, who made the trip to Southwell last week and , well to be blunt about it, hated every minute of it. Unfamiliar surface and being on the receiving end of horrific kickback throughout, Jamie Gormley returned to provide good honest feedback looking similar to a Pritt Stick dunked in a sand pit, he was covered. Nothing ventured we suppose, and it will be on to the next available race for him and roll the dice once again, a win isn’t far away, it cant be , can it?

On a side note, Southwell had a record crowd the night Lukoutoldmakezbak ran ( Rolo to us) due to free entry initiatives ,and what an atmosphere , packed grandstands and no doubt the course made a few quid, only a good thing when you consider racings financial positions currently right?

Doncaster kicked things off at the Lincoln meeting last week too, with a seriously smart Auxerre headlining and winning under James Doyle, Matt Chapman even tipped it( Yes you read that right) to win completing a full sweep of the ITV tipsters , spearheaded by the excellent Kevin Blake, 4 I think? I personally think ITV coverage is pretty decent and look forward to more meetings and detailed reporting, the only think that bugs me is the Camera man/ reporters who buzz about at the starting gates with the microphones, you wouldn’t see that in other sports a minute before the game starts? 

I just wanted to end this blog edition on why NE1 Racing club would be potentially be a perfect introduction for any likeminded racing enthusiasts to join us; 

  • Fun days out at the races in owners and Trainers excusive areas
  • Meet the jockeys and get close up with connections
  • Owners experience at a fraction of the cost
  • Genuine people who want the best for our horses and members
  • Regular updates as soon as there is anything to report
  • One time cost of £350, perfect for a birthday gift or special present , no sting in the tail with entry fees, vet bills, upkeep, its clean and simple. 
  • Local runners where you can see your horse run, this is so important to us. 
  • Meet good friends  with similar interests,, we want to know you  will be right for us , and we are right for you!. 

If you are at all interested, its as easy as dropping us a text on 07930331158 with a brief message and your name, and we will get in touch with you and talk through any questions etc you may have, transparency is key in this sport. Thanks for reading. 

Anthony

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Blog 4 NE1 racing club

Blog 4 

Sunday 24thmarch

Woke up this morning still revisiting the question I had posed myself the last few days, and it has led me to some interesting findings regarding Champion Jockeys vs winning classics…. Since 1993 there have been 45 different jockeys who have won an English Classic. Not one “Northern based” jockey has won a Classic during that time. Paul Hanagan  won the Epsom Oaks on Taghrooda in 2014 for John Gosden  but not whilst based in north primarily. 

Top jockeys yet to win a Classic are Silvestre de Sousa, Oisin Murphy, Jim Crowley, James Doyle  and Daniel Tudhope. The top five in last years PJA Championships  are still Classic Virgins, to coin a phrase.

I expect Oisin Murphy and James Doyle to ride a Classic winner in the near future based on their profile . De Sousa is still very underrated in my book despite his jockey championships but he seems to be often overlooked for some of the Marquee rides. 

Personally it is a bit like when Sir Tony McCoy had gone years without ever winning the Grand National, Anthony actually went to Aintree that year , and that was the sole logic, probably the best jump jockey ever, to not win this race, surely cannot retire without hitting the bulls eye, sure enough “Don’t push it obliged at 16-1 that day”. De Sousa is the stand out jockey over past five years who has the temperament to succeed at the highest level.  A phrase I came across the other day was “Prolific beats perfect” and I guess it rings true, stylistically SDS isn’t the best jockey to watch , Moore/Doyle/Tudhope/Murphy and arguably the young Jason Watson is a more slick pilot, but SDS is Prolific in every sense, gets where water cant to ride a winner and does it in volume, huge credit that surely puts him in the box seat to retain his crown, who knows maybe the classic comes this year too. 

Danny Tudhope is a superb jockey that if based in the south would surely be picking up more live Classic rides. The fact he isn’t is a really limiting factor at this top level. Crowley is a consummate professional who deserves success at this level but perhaps this is now unlikely.

The one caveat I would throw into the mix is the emergence of  twice Derby winning jockey Joseph O Brien  as a challenger for the Classics. His armoury is mighty and it would not surprise me if he brings home the top Epsom prize before too long. His success is likely to see Irish jockeys getting their share of the spoils ahead of their English counterparts particularly in Derby and 2000gns.

The Cheltenham Festival has been, gone and the flat season is well and truly in the crosshair, all of those fresh 2yr olds in the starting gates rattling to get on with it will be upon us soon enough. It was good to see vintage performances from Altior and Tiger Roll   but for me Bryony Frost showcasing her expertise on the amazingly gutsy Frodon (how many times have we heard this)  was the memory to take away, so gutsy. The farcical ban of the jockey who rode his horse out for third place beggars belief, talk about stewarding from an ivory tower, your horse, your betting slip, your connections you want the best place at Cheltenham, end of. 

We enter Rolo (Lukoutoldmakezebak) in the NE1Racing Club colours at Newcastle next Friday evening 29thMarch. He ran a strong race last time out and thanks to Robbie Walsh who rode a steady race on him to finish second behind a tasty looking Jim Goldie visitor who has franked that form in a better race since. Eagle eyed watchers would note that we flagged up the very quick time recorded by Jai Hanuman  in beating us on our first run a couple of weeks ago. He has won twice since the last time carring 13lb more than when he beat us, the handicapper will be seething. Rolo is knocking on the door for sure and it must be a matter of time for him, all things being equal. Hopefully Jamie Gormley will be able to renew his acquaintance with  him. 

Our exciting 2yo filly has gone on her spring holidays to be broken in now, she is with the reliable Chris Dennis in Darlington so she is in very safe hands. Hopefully she will take to things well and begin her work on her return delivering the club with exciting times, as we predict. Club members are going to be introduced to her soon, and that’s when the buzz in the club will start to roll , brighter weather, turf season on the doorstep, this is what we love about our sport.

 Again, we are the most welcoming racing club and we would love to engage new members if you feel this is something you want to get involved in.  we are all about the inclusive feel, togetherness of a club where each member is valued on and off the course. 

One of our latest members Trevor, has just finished the “Dark Skies” Marathon at Kielder , tough course and ran in a strong time so big well done from everyone at NE1 ,that takes some seriously mental toughness and the fitness needed goes without saying, Well done Trevor! 


The NE1 racing team 

To join simply email ne1racingclub@gmail.comor text on 07930331158 for more info. Membership is a one off fee of £350 , no extra charges whatsoever. 

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Blog 3


Arriving  Last Friday at Newcastle and pulling into the O/T car park with gritted teeth ready to take on the car parking challenge to find a patch of safe terrain on which to travel, I need not have worried. It seems the blog must have some secret admirers as it had definitely been given, if not a complete re- tarmac job, and fairly decent comb-over. My optimism was short lived however as my travelling companion notified me that it was indeed Student Night at our much loved local track.

Most racecourses acknowledge that they need to reach out to try and get more people and yes probably more young people involved in going racing. With this in mind a big “well done “ to David Williamson and the team at Newcastle Racecourse on successfully staging there first ever Student Race night on Friday 1 st March. This brought together students from across the north – east for an evening of racing, entertainment and live music, which aimed to introduce racing to a new generation of potential racing fans. I was advised that an estimated 4000 additional customers had been attracted. Given the state of many by the last race, the minimum spend per person could conservatively be estimated at £20; do the maths yourself on benefit to the racecourse and of course ARC. 80K on beer and wine alone you can see why some within the industry really want younger people involved. Franny Norton gave certain members of the Sky sports racing panel a ribbing , Mr Lynch took it well and returned to the bustling beer pong sector. I feel the only thing missing was a set from the Red Hot Chilli Pipers , a Celtic tribute band to really get those feet shuffling.

To be fair the course, up to our point of speedy departure after the last race, did a magnificent job in maintaining the integrity of the racing for those regular racegoers visiting tonight. The owners lounge was calm and unaffected by the revelry elsewhere. Going to the loos down the staircase could be likened to an episode of the generation game , dodge the broken high heel, untangle left leg from abandoned handbag, we got there in the end. However all in all the staff at the course had planned things really well and deserve recognition for successfully managing the evening.

I was delighted that Rolo(Lukoutoldmakezebak) finished in 3 rd position in what was undoubtedly a very weak class 7 race on the face of it, although the time the winner won in was interesting, and has bolted in since. We were delighted that he travelled so well and at the furlong pole my heart was literally racing as I could envisage him staying on to win. He clearly ran out of gas in the final part of the race, which was not unexpected after 7 months off and lost second narrowly. 

Jamie was pleased with how he travelled and he gave him a super ride. There is a race back at Newcastle  Friday  8thMarch which we take our chance in as he appears to have come out of his race in fine fettle so here is to hope! Although Rolo is not registered to run as an NE1 Racing Club horse, members of the club will be welcome to attend meetings and enjoy all of the benefits of ownership. I was bemused that there appeared to be a lot of market support for him which did not come from me or anyone connected with the horse. It is genuinely baffling.

The older I get the less I take notice of the price of a horse.Racing post comments are getting more and more generic such as “market will be a guide “ in maidens where we all know that for shrewd yards the market will not be a guide at all. On the wider issue of prize money I respect those owners and trainers that have made a stand against courses which have chosen to reduce prize money (especially those ARC courses.) For me the difficulty is that if you are a single owner or small time operator you pay your training fees, your only chance of recouping any money is by running in races. So if you have a fit horse yet opt not to enter him (for all the right reasons) it makes the whole thing a bit pointless. If someone asked me to swerve a particular race in order for it to have no runners in it, I think I would listen and probably would do it, in order to support the principle of us working together. Boycotting maidens and novice races probably make more sense as owners/ trainers have far greater opportunities to find racing openings away from Arc courses.

John Dance interestingly noted that 45.6% of flat horses in training are operating at Class six or lower. The authorities really do need to be doing more to encourage owners to stick around at this level. Indications from the BHA would indicate that many owners have already indicated that they will not be keeping as many horses in training moving forward which ultimately is likely to lead to a downsizing of the industry, which suits who?? The ARC position on this reminds me of turkeys voting for Christmas.

I must end this blog with a huge thanks to those members already signed up to NE1 , we have some good people involved and we know  the club will continue to expand nicely.  Please come and say hello if you see us at the course, we are firm believers that racing as with any sport , is better and stronger with a core community.

Peter 

The NE1 Racing Club 

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NE1 Racing Blog 2

So its been a few weeks since our last blog and we have a few things to catch up on so lets get stuck straight in!

Horse Flu….was it good thing it halted racing for the greater good, a stitch in time etc, was it terrible for the sport ( the bookies are the only ones moaning), one thing is for sure, either way you look at it , its good to have it back am I right?! My thoughts do go to Donald McCain however , he took some serious stick on social media mind,  unfortunate it was him and I think a few trainers have had a wake up call perhaps, not sure he deserved all the abuse, but I’m certain he will bounce back with a few winners soon enough with the ammunition he has he can “overturn” this tough time.

Chelts Chelts Chelts! The famous meeting is creeping up on us , and the excitement for the sport is clear to see, whispers of who is targeting what race, tactical double entries etc, lets have the good ones race each other ,no? However one thing is for sure, we will all be visiting toilets more frequently at work that week , calls we have to take outside the office to keep tabs on our doubles and trebles, you know what I mean! Lets just hope the clowns fighting this weekend give it a swerve and stick to the beginners  karate lessons in the village hall by Juan Ponche, is it just me or is there strong correlation between a checked Primark suit, drinking overpriced prosecco and making yourself look like a pudding live on TV, still…everyone gets their 15 minutes of fame ,  or was it 15 seconds of shame?

Calm Down , calm down , the weights are out for the Aintree Grand National, and there’s 12 out of 40 from Gordon Elliott’s yard, serious fire power that man has, and Tiger Roll dotted up yesterday , I’m sure he has something in the oven for race day too?

Another aspect that’s cropped up lately regarding our sport , is the prize money Arc are putting forward (or  not putting forward)  at some of their meetings, not sustainable for single owners , meaning they potentially have to win the race in some instances to even pay training fees alone.…talk about forcing people to set up “touches” on the track! On that note who tuned in for the Barney Curley’s interview on Luck on Sunday, he was a non runner, probably already engaged , bit like the phone at that Bellewstown meeting many moons ago. * Anyone unfamiliar with that story, grab the Ipad , make a brew and read about it, brilliant tale!

Prize money only concerns the winners enclosure primarily , and David Thompson was back in there with the reliable Glan Y Gors last week, simply hosed up at Newcastle against some good opposition for the grade, taking David’s Strike rate there, since the turn of the year to 40% , eat that southern raiders. Winning prices SP of 16-1, 13/2, 11/2 all excellent prices that reflect our point that David’s Horses can often go off at attractive prices, owners of Glan must be buzzing , congrats guys you deserve it!

So no doubt you will be eager to get some updates on how our new filly “Poco” is getting on at South View Racing , and one things for sure, she’s grown , and fast! David has said its noticeable even in a month she has put some size on in the right areas, and has proved to be sharp in her early exploits in the lunge ring, good signs for sure.

Over the next few weeks she will be visiting a breaking in specialist local to David, where she will be nurtured into the early stages of learning her job , the right way! I speak from past experience the importance of this, get it wrong and you can end up with a nutcase on your hands. So this will be her first day at “school “ as you like, and she will be given the best chance to be all she can be for us, so that’s certainly something to look forward to and we will update you with some footage on this so keep your eyes peeled on our twitter page @Ne1racing.

Countdown for Macky! Peters horse Lukoutoldmakezbak , two time winner at Gosforth Park last year is due to make his seasonal bow , and he looks well on the past few trips to see him at the yard,  David seems happy with him and it will be a nice starting point for his 2019 campaign , probably at Newcastle , why go anywhere else with such a tremendous facility on the doorstep and home of his two wins…you know it makes sense!!!

This weekend saw a few surprises, one being the superstar CYRNAME slam the 170 rated WAITING PATIENTLY by a good few lengths,  everyone seemed surprised apart from the whole parish of Shepton Mallet,  congrats to Harry Cobden for getting his licence to fly Jet planes too haha what a talented young man!

On the whole, its been a busy few weeks getting the website finalised we are really happy with it, please visit if you haven’t already, signing up new members (thanks guys) and plotting the path for ‘Poco’, we can honestly say its seriously exciting times!

Spring is coming, lighter nights nearly upon us , and there just seems to be an infectious enthusiasm kicking about around NE1 racing club just now. Big thanks to everyone spreading the word about us its seriously appreciated as we are building all the time, and if you want to take that extra step, do it and give us a shout we’d love to have you involved in NE1!

Anthony

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Welcome to our first blog post!

So its been a really busy time for Anthony and myself in setting up our new racing club NE1 Racing Club. Trying to register the club with Weatherbys and the BHA is not for the faint hearted and it is a really time consuming process. I lost count the number of times when I asked for advice I was told “I don’t know’ “I am not sure’ etc. Very offputting when you are seeking specialist advice on something that is important . Considering it is their day job, they could do with a bit of an overview to try and help potential owners, not deter them by overcomplicating things.
Claiming VAT back…… don’t even go there. The BHA and Weatherbys who share the same building in Wellingborough dont seem to be able to give straight answers. I have made 12 phone calls already chasing this up and I hope finally we are making progress. On a more positive note the ROA have been very helpful as always. I would say the BHA and Weatherbys could learn a lot from them.

Our racing club , because we are starting from scratch have only one horse initially. It is a lovely filly who is just in the process of being broken in at David Thompson’s Durham yard. She moves very well but we wont know what we’ve got until she is ridden away . Obviously we are hopeful that she will have the ability take us to great places , certainly her breeding is very very encouraging. She is bred to be an early and speedy type so this is a time of great excitement for us.

So as we look forward to seeing Poco Contante progress with her education through the early Spring, we hope to attract new members to the racing club.
We hope that the club will grow, we are here for the long haul and fully intend to make our mark on the northern racing scene over the coming years.
Our policy will be to buy new horses wisely as the racing club grows.
There are some fantastic racing clubs already operational and their successes have inspired us to begin our operation from scratch. January is a tough month to try and attract investment in almost every sector of the leisure industry and we know it will be a challenge to persuade potential investors to part with their hard earned at this time of year.
We chose the name NE1 Racing Club as we are based in Newcastle and for the uninitiated NE1 a Newcastle upon Tyne postcode. It also fits our image of encouraging anyone into racing, providing of course that they can stomach the inevitable downs which ride side by side the highs.
Our trainer David Thompson has made a fabulous start to the season with Glan y Gors (twice)and Splash of Verve winning at Newcastle at very big odds in January 2019. One of the definite benefits of being with a small but astute trainer like David is that his runners seldom reflect the true chances of his runners.
Last year at Newcastle , my horse Lukoutoldmakezebak went off at 250/1 on the exchanges and 50/1 a place on occasions when he was placed . David’s winners are almost invariably double figures and represent terrific value.
Newcastle Racecourse is on the up for sure, but one area they can do to improve is the owners car park, which resembles the set from the Clangers back in the day. Fix the pot holes lads!!
It is likely that we will concentrate on the flat racing scene as to be honest we find the whole set up on race days at flat courses just that little bit more friendly than on the jumps. Controversial maybe and no offence intended but at the flat meetings we generally find people more open and willing to engage and the whole experience is more inclusive.
Our concept is for potential members to pay a yearly fee of £350. Naturally funds accrued go to support the purchase of additional club horses. All members will get a dividend at the end of their years’s membership.
Why cant a group of lads from the north east end up dining at the top tables? Life is about hope isn’t it?

Thanks for taking the time to read…
The NE1 Racing Team.