Already preparing for another exciting Flat season next year is Kennet Valley Thoroughbreds (KVT), headed by Sam Hoskins and Piers Winkworth, having enjoyed a good 2014 both on and off the racecourse.
Late last year they took over from former chairman, Nick Robinson, who was a pioneer of the professional racehorse syndication market, and said: ” From a communication point of view, we have been keen to keep everyone as well-informed as possible including videos and photos which are now so easy to take and send on.
“On the track, eight of our ten horses have run, winning seven races between them whilst from a prize money point of view, it was our best for more than a decade. The highlight of the season has, of course, been Tullius who has won more than £200,000 of prize money, taking his career total to £335,000 and improving his rating to 117.
“We have welcomed more than two dozen new partners, including some parents of Finton House pre-prep school in London. We intend to build on this development somewhat but are ever mindful to maintain the intimate nature and team spirit that is the essence of KVT.
“With the KVT horses, we have increased the squad from six to ten and it looks likely that we will be running ten horses in our colours next season. All of our older horses collected prize money and four of the five won races and, with the exception of Tullius (pictured below courtesy John Simpson), all will be offered for sale this autumn.
Four new yearlings have been acquired, three colts and a filly, which are destined for KVT existing trainers, Andrew Balding, Ralph Beckett, Richard Hannon and Charles Hills, all of whom featured in the industry top twenty at the time of purchase.
These yearlings went on show to potential partners are Newbury racecourse last Saturday before racing, with shares to be sold on a first come first served basis. KVT will be targeting races for these which offer bonuses in cerrtain maiden, conditions and handicap races next summer.
Current older horses with trainers are: Tullius and Bishop’s Leap ( Andrew Balding), Finton Friend and Magical memory ( Charles Hills), Maxwell ( Ralph Beckett), Spring Seraph ( Olly Stevens).
The new unnamed two-year-olds which were impressive in their parade at Newbury, are: bay filly Dark Angel/Timbre ( Richard Hannon), bay colt Le Havre/Como ( Charles Hills), chestnut colt Makfi/High Lite ( Ralph Beckett) bay colt Rock of Gibraltar/Issy Lou ( Andrew Balding).
For more information about Kennet Valley Thoroughbreds see www.kvtracing.com or contact Sam at firstname.lastname@example.org 0203 5421620