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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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