I have been involved with racing ownership since 2009. My First ever experience as an owner was at Newcastle as co-owner of the enigmatic Lees Anthem when he jinked through the rails on his debut at the furlong pole when he was just coming to win his race at 66/1 !! Lees Anthem gave us some brilliant days when he was trained by Colin Teague, winning at Musselburgh and Ayr. I took on Lees Anthem as sole owner and had the privilege of working in association with the late Mel Brittain who trained Lees Anthem to win for me at Redcar. Our family were beneﬁciaries of kindness from Colin Teague who allowed us to take ownership of Angelofthenorth when she ended her racing career. My daughter had great fun re-training Angel before we put her into foal with an Arabian Gleam and produced ‘Rolo” or Lukoutoldmakezebak to give him his racing name, a name that came about from a family bbq, a certain song came on, a conversation broke out, the rest is history!
Rolo started his life near Finchale Abbey before going off to Warthill to grow up at Mel Brittain’s stud. After a short time back in Durham, we sent him to Thorngill to stay with James and Sally Bethell, as they had trained Angelofthenorth back in the day. James and his team were very patient with Rolo who had the pleasure of working up and down the magniﬁcent Middleham Moor as he grew up. A chance discussion between wife Janette and Durham Trainer David Thompson at Catterick one day led to us moving Rolo back to Durham to South View Farm in Bolam. We have great trust in David and his team and would recommend him unreservedly. Even when the handicapper was dropping the horse after half decent runs, David kept his faith. We are sure 2019 will be equally as successful as 2018.
I am certain that with the right ﬁrepower from the Club, David will continue to have horses win and placed in the coming months and years for us!