Don’t miss Plumpton’s Pompadour Raceday

POMPADOUR Raceday at Plumpton is scheduled for Monday November 19 when seven competitive races take place in a fine atmosphere. It also marks the start of the Plumpton Racecourse Cheltenham Bonus Series.

Pompadour Raceday celebrates the twinning of Plumpton Racecourse with Pompadour Racecourse in the Limousin region of France. Racing has occurred at both Plumpton and Pompadour since the 1800’s and both courses attract racing’s stars of the future and top jockeys and trainers.

This day is also where the Plumpton Racecourse Cheltenham Bonus Series starts. This offers the connections of a horse that wins one of five nominated Novices Chases in the series at Plumpton the opportunity to scoop a valuable £60,000 cash bonus, if they go on to win any steeple chase at the Cheltenham Festival in March.

Competitive racing expected at Plumpton
Photo: Jeannie Knight

Only Voy Por Ustedes has ever managed to do win this in 2006 and so will the 2018/19 season end the wait for a successor?

A Festive Fun Raceday follows on Monday December 3, with live music, the festive spirit and racing it is the perfect day to bring the team or family to Plumpton.

The quality was not lacking last year when Jester Jet was a ready winner of the Class 3 Mares’ handicap before landing a Grade 3 race at the Aintree Festival, and Frank N Fair landing the Tysers Handicap Chase  – a local favourite.

The racecourse will be buzzing for the Christmas Raceday, with some great offerings available while watching some top quality racing in the heart of Sussex.

With more than £50k of prize money on offer, trainers and horses come from afar to try and get one final win at Plumpton before the year comes to a close. Course favourite, and locally trained by Zoe Davison, Frank N Fair did just this when winning twice in December 2017. Will they be back again?

The momentum follows in the New Year with Sunday January 6 featuring the Sky Sports Racing Sussex National Raceday.

What better way to start 2019 by joining everyone at Plumpton for this Sky Sports Racing Sussex National on Sunday January 6. This is a flagship fixture with more than £80,000 prize money on offer and the big race itself being worth more than £35,000, and sure to attract an impressive turn out of runners.

Vinnie Lewis and Harry Bannister on their way to Sussex National victory  in 2018       Photo: John Simpson

This year this key race was won by Vinnie Lewis (IRE), ridden by Harry Bannister and trained by Harry Whittington, sent off as 7/2 favourite. Who will be the 2019 winner?

Contact https://tickets.plumptonracecourse.co.uk/shop/cart.pl to buy tickets for all these Racedays.

Third centre for the IJF

The Injured Jockeys Fund, which plays a significant role in supporting jockeys past and present to recover from injuries, is looking forward to the opening of a third rehabilitation and fitness centre in 2019, to add to its current two bases.
Oaksey House, Lambourn was opened in 2009, followed by the Jack Berry House at Malton five years ago. Now next year will see the opening of a third centre, the Peter O’ Sullevan House in Newmarket.
Work is underway to build the third centre on land of Snailwell Road, adjacent to the British Racing School,  Located next to the British Racing School it will provide natural links to jockeys of the future.

Jockeys benefit from support of the Injured Jockeys Fund when they are injured
Photo: Jeannie Knight

It will also be the new base of the charity, Injured Jockeys Fund. This fund does vital fundraising work to ensure there is medical support for injured jockeys of all ages who need it.
Sir Peter O’ Sullevan, renowned as a top racing commentator, was a lifelong supporter of jockeys and this new project has been facilitated thanks to a substantial bequest from his charitable trust.
Born in Newcastle in March 1918, he died in London in 2015.  His life had been spent as a renowed Irish/British horse racing commentator for the BBC, and also as a correspondent for the Press Association, Daily Express and Today.
Other notable contributors to the project are the Thompson Family Charitable Trust and the Racing Foundation- but more support will also be needed during the coming year.
Members of the public who help by donating £100 or more to the initiative will be allocated a horseshoe that will be used to create an imaginative Horse Shoe Sculpture in the grounds of Peter O’ Sullevan House. The sculpture will use around 800 racing plates worn  by horses from Newmarket.
The new house will provide state-of-the-art rehabilitation and fitness facilities, including physio treatment rooms and a hydrotherapy pool, as well as a gym, the IJF Head Office and a meeting and work space for those using the centre.
It is hoped the new facility will be open by next summer, including the Peter O’ Sullevan Atrium, containing memorabilia from his life.

Jockey Leighton Aspell Photo: Jeannie Knight

Meanwhile the valuable work by this charity continues to help injured jockeys- including Sussex-based Leighton Aspell. He fractured a vertebrae in his neck  during a fall at Hereford at the end of March and he wore a neck brace for six weeks. He revealed that use of the pool enabled him to use his lower limbs freely and said the upgraded facilities at Oaksey House were ‘magnificent’.
Sessions in the gym and new hydrothrapy pool at Oaksey House, enabled Leighton to return to the saddle with a winner, Captain Peacock, at  Bangor-on-Dee in August.
The Injured Jockeys Fund, which plays a significant role in supporting jockeys past and present to recover from injuries, is looking forward to the opening of a third rehabilitation and fitness centre in 2019, to add to its current two bases. 

HRH Princess Royal at opening of the Jack Berry House  Photo courtesy of IJF

Oaksey House, Lambourn was opened in 2009, followed by the Jack Berry House at Malton five years ago. Now next year will see the opening of a third centre,  the Peter O’ Sullevan house in Newmarket. 
             
Work is underway to build the third centre on land of Snailwell Road, adjacent to the British Racing School,  Located next to the British Racing School it will provide natural links to jockeys of the future.
It will also be the new base of the charity, Injured Jockeys Fund. This fund does vital fundraising work to ensure there is medical support for injured jockeys of all                  ages who need it.

Former jockey Andrew Thornton using IJF facilities to recover from injury. Photo courtesy of IJF

 Members of the public who help by donating £100 or more to the initiative will be allocated a horseshoe that will be used to create an imaginative Horse Shoe Sculpture in the grounds of Peter O’ Sullevan House. The sculpture will use around 800 racing plates worn  by horses from Newmarket.
The new house will provide state-of-the-art rehabilitation and fitness facilities, including physio treatment rooms and a hydrotherapy pool, as well as a gym, the IJF Head Office and a meeting and work space for those using the centre.
It is hoped the new facility will be open by next summer, including the Peter O’ Sullevan Atrium, containing memorabilia from his life.
One person who plays a vital role with the Injured Jockey Fund  is Lucy Charnock of Arundel. No two days are the same for Lucy , who works as an almoner for the Injured Jockeys Fund.

Lucy at her desk Photo: Jeannie Knight

She can spend an afternoon at Plumpton racecourse running a stall for the fund, selling everything from the fund’s Christmas cards and calendars to tea towels featuring Grand National winners and diaries.
But a typical day in her life would be to drive more than 50 miles to collect a Red Cross wheelchair which had been loaned to a beneficiary recovering from an accident, and then go to visit someone needing help, who had applied for benefit, as well as seeing a rider who wanted rehabiliation at the fund’s Oaksey House  in Lambourn.
Lucy covers the South East area for the fund, which is a lifeline for jockeys and has its roots in a scheme established in 1964 following the horrendous accidents of riders Tim Brookshaw and four months later Paddy Farrell. Both falls resulted in severe paralysis and immediately ended two careers.
With virtually no compensation available at the time to help injured jockeys, the Farrell-Brookshaw fund was created.
Support was instantaneous and following several name changes, tireless work by many for more than 40 years, the IJF has become what it is today – a fund that has helped more than 1,000 jockeys and which is still dedicated to helping injured jockeys when ever needed and to improving safety measures.
Lucy said:” I visit those who need help and have applied for benefit- with no money coming in there are mortages and costs to meet and families to feed. Each case has to be assessed and recommendations made. 
“My area stretches West of Southampton, across the coast to Kent and includes South London.”
She deals with cases that need interim help after less serious injuries through to catastrophies such as that experienced by former trainer and jockey, Chris Kinane some years ago, who was kicked in the head by horse when saddling up another at Wolverhampton races.
“They are all inspirational, because they will not be beaten and remain positive. They all have a burning desire to get back in the saddle again,” she said.
Lucy added:“I can spend a lot of time in my car- one day I had to do three hospital visits at different places! But I love my job,
“It is very fulfilling and also very humbling. I do case reports recommending what help is needed financially and jockeys are immensely grateful to have a light at the end of the tunnel,” she said.
 
For more information on the valuable work done by the IJF see:www.ijf.org
 

Moorcroft Raceday was outstanding success

Moorcroft Racehorse Welfare Centre celebrated another outstanding fundraising day at Plumpton racecourse this week, when a record number of 384 people  attended its 19th charity lunch and auction in the trackside marquee.

Chairman of trustees Tim Fox announced that all races had been sponsored early, with Hunters Estate Agents and Coral stepping in to support two remaining races.

Moorcroft chairman Tim Fox

He added: ” The silent auction has attracted 45 items this year and 12 impressive items will be put under the hammer

The auction saw racing personality Mike Cattermole put these main lots under the hammer to raise what is expected to be a significant sum, and possibly a record amount, for this very worthy cause.

Some individual items which were sold included: A private tour of Dalham Hall Stud in Newmarket with an afternoon’s racing and hospitality at Rowley Mile Racecourse at the  Craven meeting; A Brighton and Hove Albion package with a signed shirt, two tickets to watch Brighton v Manchester City at the Amex; a portrait of a favourite dog or horse by artist Judy Goodman; a Holiday for Two in Spain for five days at a hacienda, including five days of riding; A day at Goodwood Racecourse in a private box;  A night to remember at the Goring Hotel.

Auctioneer Mike Cattermole in action

Other lots were a morning on the gallops with trainer Paul Nicholls and an overnight stay at the Manor House Inn, Dicheat; a tour of Bluebell Vineyard  for 10 people followed by a three course lunch with wine; a tour of Coolmore Stud in County Tipperary, owner by John Magnier;  a private hospitality box at Newmarket Racecourse with 12 badges and car parking and finally a Day Behind the Scenes with Brough Scott MBE at ITV racing for two people.

The star prize for this year’s £10 draw was an overnight stay at Buxted Park Hotel with a  three-course dinner and breakfast for two people.

A presentation was also made by Moorcroft chairman Tim Fox to Alison Blake of Plumpton Racecourse for her expert organisation of this important raceday.

The event plays a vital part in helping to fund the retraining of ex-racehorses at this outstanding centre of Moorcroft at Slinfold, under the expertise of manager Mary Frances. The centre’s retraining programme enables horses retrained there to go on to lead happy and fulfilling lives outside racing.

A retrained ex-racehorse at Moorcroft Photo: Jeannie Knight

The raceday itself opened with the traditional pony race, which attracted  enthusiastic competitors.

Shetland pony racing on Moorcroft Day at Plumpton Photo: Jeannie Knight

Feature race of the day was the running of the Josh Gifford Memorial Trophy, marking the achievements of Findon trainer the late Josh Gifford, who died in 2012. As a jockey he rode 68 winners at Plumpton between 1960 and 1970 and went on to train 112 winners at the track.

The next Plumpton meeting is on Monday November 5. Gates Open: 11:30pm with the first race at 1.30pm and the last at 4pm.

Bentley hoping for Qipco victory

HARRY BENTLEY HOPING FOR DREAM QIPCO BRITISH CHAMPIONS DAY WIN

 Pulborough-born jockey Harry Bentley is hoping his recent good form can lead to a dream win on Britain’s richest raceday, QIPCO British Champions Day, at Ascot Racecourse this Saturday.

Bentley enjoyed a tremendous treble at Newmarket Racecourse last Friday with wins on Limato, Rock Eagle and Queen Power – the latter two both being for trainer Ralph Beckett.

Bentley has a formidable relationship with Hampshire-based Beckett – 37 of his 62 wins this year have come for the trainer. He is set to ride two of Beckett’s QIPCO British Champions Day contenders this Saturday – Mount Moriah in the QIPCO Long Distance Cup and Mitchum Swagger in the Balmoral Handicap (sponsored by QIPCO).

Jockey Harry BentleyPhoto: Jeannie Knight

He will be looking to add to his five career wins at Ascot racecourse, but most notably his first ever victory on QIPCO British Champions Day – something that would be a dream come true for the 26 year-old jockey.

Speaking about QIPCO British Champions Day, Bentley said: “After a great day at Newmarket last Friday in front of the ITV cameras, it would be amazing to repeat that at QIPCO British Champions Day on Saturday. It is a huge day of racing with some of the world’s best horses and jockeys in action, so to enjoy a win on the day really would be a dream come true.

“I’ve had a great link up with Ralph Beckett this season, and both Mount Moriah and Mitchum Swagger are horses I’ve ridden for him before – I was on Mount Moriah when he finished fourth in this race last year at 66/1. If we can all come up with the goods on Saturday, it will be something special.”

Speaking about both horses, trainer Beckett, said: “Mount Moriah had a problem after [Royal] Ascot with a splint and we had to give him some time off, but he’s been training well and we are in good shape. He ran really well last year and for a moment I thought he was going to put it up to them about two furlongs out. It was a good run as a three-year-old – he’s a year older now and hardier. He should run his race but he needs the rain.

“Mitchum Swagger was off for a long time after his good third in the Lincoln, the form of which is very strong, and he ran an OK race after a lay-off last time at Haydock. He has strong Ascot form, he was third in the Hunt Cup two years ago, and I hope we get him there.”

QIPCO British Champions Day marks the finale to the European Flat racing season where some of the finest horses and jockeys from around the world will be battling it out on the famous Ascot turf for a record-breaking £4.47million in prize money.

The day will feature an unrivalled British card comprising four Group 1s, a Group 2 and the richest mile handicap in Europe.

The only remaining tickets available are in the Queen Anne enclosure, so fans are urged to secure their tickets now to avoid disappointment. Prices start from £35 for adults and under 18s attend for free when accompanied by an adult. Tickets available via: britishchampionsday.co.uk

 

Goodwood’s final 2018 racing fixture

Goodwood Racecourse has hosted its final fixture of 2018 with the Harvest, Hops and Horseracing themed Season Finale attracting 9,430 racegoers at the weekend.

Before the NetBet.co.uk Alderbrook Stakes for professional jump jockeys, which was won by Nick Schofield aboard Jam Session, Goodwood’s Ron Atkins presented a cheque for more than £1,300 to the Injured Jockeys Fund, with money raised from the sale of ties through the season.

The most impressive performance of the afternoon undoubtedly came from Chairmanoftheboard, who won the NetBet EBF Novice Auction Stakes by eight lengths under Charlie Bishop.

Alderbrook Stakes Photo: Sam Stephenson

In a post-race interview with Racing UK, his trainer Mick Channon said he had not trained a horse as good since his 2003 Royal Ascot winner Zafeen. Jockeys Oisin Murphy and Adam Kirby both rode doubles on the day, while the biggest priced winner was The Pink’N, who sprang a 33-1 surprise in the NetBet British EBF Novice Stakes.

Despite the drizzle, guests enjoyed dancing to a fiddle trio on the East Parade Lawn, and many were fascinated to hear from Andy Hepworth about how he brews craft beers and ales, including Goodwood’s own new range.

Reflecting on the season, General Manager Alex Eade said; “It has been a fantastic year here at Goodwood and, for the most part, we were blessed with superb weather and a great atmosphere. The Qatar Goodwood Festival was one that will live long in the memory, with star performances from the likes of Battaash, Stradivarius and Lightning Spear.

“Outside of ‘Glorious’ the racing has been consistently competitive and the Season Finale was an example of that, with 75 runners compared with 57 last year. The improvements that we have made around the grandstands, including our fabulous new Champagne Bar, have all been extremely well received and we greatly look forward to making further improvements to the customer experience for 2019.”

The 2019 season at Goodwood Racecourse begins with Opening Saturday on May 4 and tickets have now gone on sale for this as well as other fixtures, including the Qatar Goodwood Festival. As a benefit to those who book before 30 November, Goodwood is offering all racegoers who book tickets for the Qatar Goodwood Festival the opportunity to receive a complimentary ticket to the first fixture of the year.

Three Friday nights tickets will be released early in 2019 when the acts are announced.

For the full list of 2019 fixtures and to purchase tickets, please visit Goodwood.com or call the Ticket Office team on 01243 755055.

Champions Day at Ascot

QUIPCO British Champions Day at Ascot racecourse on Saturday October 20 is a raceday not to be missed. Not only is it the richest ever raceday but it will bring a grand finale of the Flat season.

Champions on the day will be crowned as kings and queens of the day, with the event  attracting the best horses and jockeys from across the globe. They will be in action to compete for a record-breaking £4.35 million purse as they bid to follow in the hoof prints of former stars in this series.

Ascot Racecourse Parade Ring Photo: Jeannie Knight

Britain’s ultimate raceday also hosts unbeatable action off the track, with a glitzy opening ceremony as well as the Stobart Champion Flat Jockey coronation and a huge party after racing that features both Ella Eyre and Jax Jones.

Although tickets for the top enclosure have already sold out, space is still available in both the Winning Post and Queen Anne Enclosures. Early booking is essential to guarantee a place at Britain’s ultimate raceday.

Fontwell Park attracted good crowds

Fontwell Park’s two-day meeting on Friday and Saturday attracted good crowds- and saw jockey Richard Johnson in top form.
He took the opening three mile two furlong novice hurdle race on the first day, riding Beautiful People, trained by Richard Phillips, to a six length victory over Appache Park, trained by Olly Murphy.

Richard Johnston scored at Fontwell Park Photo: John Simpson

It was an assured performance and a second victory for the six-year-old bay mare- and there should be more to come.
For Richard Johnson, it was the first leg of a double, for he went on to win the National Hunt Flat race at the end of the meeting on board 9-4 favourite Earth Moor for trainer Philip Hobbs.
It was a closer call in the Novices Ltd Handicap Chase over two miles three furlong, for 9-4 favourite Vivas, trained by Charlie Longsdon and ridden by Jonathan Burke, won by just a neck from Royal Plaza, sent off at 14-1, trained by Katie Stephens.
Trainer Nicky Henderson and jockey Nico de Boinville teamed up with 2-1 shot Haul Away to win the two mile three furlongs handicap hurdle by just a length- after being left in the lead when 6-4 favourite Majestic Touch, trained by Philip Hobbs and ridden by Richard Johnson, faded rapidly and lost touch two from home.

Nicky Henderson’s Fontwell winner Haul Away ridden by Nico de Boinville  Photo: John Simpson

Oxfordshire trainer Lawney Hill always does well with her runners at Fontwell Park, and this raceday was no exception, for she saddled Oliver’s Hill under Aidan Coleman to take the two miles two furlong handicap chase, beating 6-4 favourite Peppay Le Pugh, trained by Dan Skelton by almost three lengths in the four-runner field.

Trainer Lawney Hill has plenty of winners at Fontwell Park Photo: Jeannie Knight

Hampshire trainer Chris Gordon swung back into winning form for the new season when he sent out an impressive juvenile .  He won the two miles three furlong novices hurdle with Commanche Red- sent off as 10-11 favourite.
This young horse won the race in fine style, coming home 16 length clear of 3-1 shot
Rebel Royal trained  by Dan Skelton.

Tom Cannon and Commanche Red Photo: John Simpson

The winner is a fine young horse with plenty of potential and one to watch for the future.,
Apprentice and conditional jockey Paige Fuller continued her impressive run of success with a victory in the two miles five furlongs Conditional Jockeys Handicap Chase with a good win, riding Between The Waters, trained by Jamie Snowden, coming home 11 lengths clear of the 13-8 favourite Pink Eyed Pedro trained by David Brace.

BHS charity race at Newbury

Join the British Horse Society for its first charity race at Newbury racecourse on Thursday November 8.

This  inaugural event at the top Berkshire racecourse will see eleven amateur jockeys taking part, including broadaster Lizzie Greenwood-Hughes, to help raise money for the BHS Charity Appeal.

They will all have to pass two fitness assessment days before the race itself to ensure they are ready to ride in the event.

Head to Newbury to see the action live and you can take advantage of some excellent entry discounts to enjoy a winning day out with friends, in the knowledge you’re also helping BHS’s vital work across access, safety, welfare and education.

Newbury Racecourse
Photo: John Simpson

Following a delicious lunch, you’ll find yourself in first-class company with legendary Grand National winner Bob Champion as guest speaker. Refreshed and regaled before the rest of the day’s racing, you’ll also have a chance to help raise vital funds for  by bidding for money-can’t-buy auction lots.

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As a BHS supporter, you can take advantage of two great rates to be there on the day:

Check out more about the jockeys’ stories and donate safely online now to their chosen BHS appeals.

Newbury Racecourse is located in Racecourse Road, Newbiry, Berkshire, RG14 7NZ.

To see what is happening with BHS in your area click on the link below.

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Plumpton’s first jump meeting of new season

PLUMPTON’S first jump meeting of the new season attracted a good crowd yesterday, which was rewarded by excellent weather, with local trainers Sheena West and Gary Moore among those sending out winners.

Quality jump racing at Plumpton

The opening hurdle race for four-year-olds upwards over two miles one furlong attracted six runners, with trainer Martin Keighley sending out the winner, Lord Condi. This chestnut gelding had the benefit of a run at Fontwell Park earlier this month when he finished in third place and should go on to win again. Runner up Ilewin Geez , trained by Charlie Mann and ridden by Harry Bannister went second in the final stages but could not catch the winner.

In the same race, local trainer Gary Moore was represented by jumping newcomer High Command ridden by Josh Moore, which is bound to benefit from the experience in which he was five lengths back in third place.

Trainer Gary Moore

Ten runners turned out for the handicap hurdle over one mile seven furlongs when trainer  Brendan Powell sent out four-year-old  Phoenix Dawn to win under an  impressive ride from son Brendan Powell Junior. The four-year-old gelding had previously only run on the Flat, and he put in a good performance here. There should be more to come.

Little Windmill impressed when winning the handicap chase over three miles one furlong in fine style for trainer Neil King. This eight-year-old gelding, which has now won three of his last four starts, was sent off at 5-2.

Trainer Neil King was in winning form
Photo: John Simpson

He amply justified that price when coming home a good seven lengths clear of runner-up More Than Luck trained by Olly Murphy.

Lewes trainer Sheena West has a good record at Plumpton, and this day was no exception, for she saddled up three-year-old bay filly, Sixties Secret to win in impressive style on her jumping debut with Mark Goldstein in the saddle.  They went clear two from home to easily beat Malangen, trained  by David Pipe and ridden by Tom Scudamore.

Lewes trainer Sheena West

Seven pound claimer Rex Dingle impressed when partnering Ennistown to win the three and a quarter mile handicap hurdle under a well-judged ride. He took the lead approaching the last, with his mount, trained by Anthony Honeyball winning by five lengths from the Chris Gordon-trained Bugsie Malone, ridden by Tom Cannon.

The final handicap hurdle run over a distance of just under two miles was won by Hermosa Vaquera, a six-year-old mare trained at Horsham  by Gary Moore and well ridden by Joshua Moore to win by three-quarters of a length from Brendan Powell’s Gannicus.

The next meeting at Plumpton is the Moorcroft Racehorse Welfare Centre Raceday on Monday October 22. 

Buy your tickets now  from  https://www.plumptonracecourse.co.uk/

 

GROG’s racehorse ownership scheme still flourishes

GOODWOOD Racehorse Owners’ Group, known as GROG,  has enjoyed a fine record of success since it was launched in the 1990’s. It originated from an initiative by the 10th Duke of Richmond to form a syndicate to bring affordable racehorse ownership to members and racegoers at Goodwood.

Since that time, 16 of the 22 horses in the scheme have carried their red and yellow racing silks to victory.

It was the 10th Duke of Richmond’s initiative in the 1990s to form a racing syndicate for members and racegoers at Goodwood.   The idea was to enable them to follow their own horse from the sale ring, in training on the gallops and then finally on to the racecourse.

More than 20 years on, the project is flourishing and is as popular as ever with groups having enjoyed an enviable record with 16 of their 22 horses having carried their red and yellow racing silks to victory.

Names such as Goodwood Mirage, Goodwood Zodiac and Goodwood Crusader spring to mind- each having either won or been placed on six to eight occasions. In doing so they have given their owners a healthy return on their investment.

Goodwood Showman, their current three-year-old, bounced back from a soft palate operation to finish a highly impressive second at Kempton last week, trained  by William Knight at Angmering Park Racing Stables.

Goodwood Showman  in impressive action on the gallops  Photo courtesy of Chichester Observer

Goodwood Sonnet, also trained by William Knight,  has run just twice in strong company and he will find his feet in nurseries later this year. GROG is a sociable syndicate offering members a full diary of social events each year.

Goodwood Sonnet enjoying a washdown   Photo courtesy of Chichester Observer

In addition members can choose to join their bespoke racing holidays which include racing and stud visits to some of the most successful racing operations around the globe. Membership is all-inclusive for two years, giving members the comfort that whether their horse turns out to be a superstar or just average, they will not be asked to provide further funds.

All training, racing and veterinary expenses are included and more often than not GROG returns a healthy sum to its members each year. GROG will offer its members the additional benefit of two trainers next year.

William Knight will continue to train for them from his Lower Coombe Stables in Angmering Park. Top trainer Ralph Beckett will be new to them this time, overseeing the new juvenile from his Kimpton Down Stables near Andover.

GROG benefits from a strong repeat membership, but also new members join each year and soon become part of the GROG family. With membership set at just £1,150 for the 26th scheme, they anticipate huge demand for places.

Please contact hrc@goodwood.com or the horseracing club membership office at Goodwood on 01243 755029 for the latest brochure.