The Secret Circle Racing Club operates costs a fixed £50 per month per share, with dual memberships available for £80 per month.The roster of active horses will always be at least three in number.
The horses on the club roster at present are:
BEAUFORT BOY (7 y.o. gelding)
FRANK N FAIR (8 y.o. mare)
THE GAME IS A FOOT (9 y.o. gelding)
THE GOLDEN HOUR (6 y.o. mare)
Visit the Horses page to see their full details.
5/9/17: The latest update is that Bold Max has been retired. He is off to a career as a riding horse, because if you promote a horse as a big slobbery eejit who cannot control his tongue, everyone wants to love him. With a human being, you end up on some sort of register... The horses are getting stuck into their winter prep. At the moment the intentions are for them to be ready to run in late October, but if the ground is as dry as it was in autumn last year, we will be patient. One definite intention is for Brother Bennett to start out in the flat jockeys' handicap hurdle at Lingfield that kicked off his season in 2016
12/6/17: So, Bold Max did not get the improved result that was hoped for at Brighton. Thinking back to his mist-bound effort before and good runs at night meetings on the all-weather, maybe everything was all too... visible.
24/5/17: A foggy and fighting spin at Brighton for Bold Max. He got himself in a very threatening position whilst in thickest part of the sea fret, seemed certain of a place, but then faded from third to seventh late in the race. First impressions were that the rise to the line was proving to be a significant difference compared with nice level all-weather tracks. However, this was a first run for nine weeks, and Sam Hitchcott's feedback was that Max is definitely worth another go over a mile on turf.
14/5/17: We have had a quiet spell as far as runners are concerned, due to the state of the ground. That was broken at Plumpton today, and it was great to see so many members turn out. The first runner was The Game Is A Foot, who finished fourth in the staying hurdle. The race was very slowly run, which played to the advantage of a couple of rivals and he was outpaced when the speed picked up suddenly and sharply. However, he stayed on again in the home straight, and enjoyed the spin after being allowed some breathing space - not what he had got in the last couple. Frank N Fair disappointingly pulled up, but she was not comfy with a much more hectic pace, jumping safely but consquently a bit slower than was needed to stay in contention. That will do her for now, and a summer break is due, but there are a couple of possible races for The Game Is A Foot at Fontwell in June. We will enter and run if it appears that they will not be big fields.
2/4/17: A slightly belated catch up on the end of last week, where we had three runners. The first appearance, and best result, was by Bold Max, who ran his usual game race to be third in a 7f race at Chelmsford. He was touch unlucky to bump into a winner that suddenly flourished, but staying near the front at this distance seemed to suit. Fontwell on Friday was less successful. Bohernagore we tried to get settled near the front instead of blazing off ahead, and he did not appreciate the help attempting to be offered. The Game Is A Foot just got rushed along on the quick ground and was always working to stay in touch. A slow jump four out cooked his goose.
28/3/17: The tale of a couple of horses at Plumpton. Frank N Fair was in a chase there because it looked likely to cut up after a low initial entry. That was correct, as there were only two other runners, but due to the higher grade, she was still a bit out of the handicap. To start with they went as slow as you will ever see in a race on quick ground and turned it into a sprint from the railway station, which the others (one of whom was rated 143 not so long ago) found more suitable. However, she ran well overall, just not being able to exploit the other two hitting a fence each at the bottom of the back straight. Brother Bennett hated the fast ground, and especially hated it going up and down hill at Plumpton. Plus his race, chosen for the same reason as Frank N Fair, held up in numbers - unexpectedly.
25/3/17: Art History was the latest runner, and some progress came at last. Bereft of physical problems and silliness in the stalls, he ran a corker at Kempton, and gave it a serious shot of a win before fading into fifth late on. Absolutely a step in the right direction.
13/3/17: A day that will live in infamy. Well, something less serious than that, but events unfolded as follows: Plumpton, 1437 approx - Frank N Fair travelling well off of a fast pace, Will starts to make his move, only to be hampered and knocked out of the saddle at the fourth last. Stratford, 1441 approx - Brother Bennett misjudges the big open ditch and unseats Frankie. The horse found a leg and stayed up, but abandoned Frankie to his fate, and what followed was two agonising seconds in which there was a chance of Frankie clinging on to continue the race. And so a winnable race goes begging.
9/3/17: One bulletin that slipped through the net was Art History's doomed come back at Lingfield. Keeping his feet free of corns has been a full time job, so when he is finally fit to race, he rears up in the stalls and concedes all chance at the start. Hurrrummmmphhhhh.
6/3/17: Two runners at Lingfield today and a useful day. Firstly we had The Golden Hour out for her third run and qualifying for a handicap mark. She ran quite nicely, recovering after a bit of a struggle getting up the hill. Unfortunately the two horses with the best recent form finished immediately ahead of her, but we have to rely on the handicapper taking the sensible view that neither of them ran to their best. At the end of the day, Brother Bennett was back in action. He jumped well on ground that was not a perfect fit and picked up third place. No complaints there.
28/2/17: Another good run from Bold Max to end February, a strong finishing third at Lingfield over a mile, after getting a nice clear run up the inside rail. That distance had been too much for him in the past, but he looked today as if it is just about right now. Obviously, on recent experience, races without a dozen or runners would be nice, although the race opened up nicely for Max today, so no frustration on that score.
22/2/17: A busy couple of days, with four runners in all. To be brutally honest, we were hoping to get a bit more out of it, but luck was not with us. Three horses went to Wetherby. Bohernagore got the balling rolling, but it went all Muddy Waters and the rollin' was accompanied by tumblin' halfway through the race. As he had got the clear lead needed, the race had started so promisingly. Then came Frank N Fair in a mares only chase. She finished fourth and nabbed some prize money but was barely a length away from third and doubling it, so another instance where it is impossible to avoid wondering what may have been. After that The Game Is A Foot was out with no penalty for his Plumpton win, which was a nice position to be in. Unfortunately, with seventeen runners, it was harder to find a nice position in the race itself, and he just could not get himself out of the crowd. A day later Bold Max was out at Lingfield, upped by necessity into a 0-60 race. He ran quite well, finishing sixth, beaten less than three lengths, but again the problem was getting out of the crowd in a fourteen runner affair.
13/2/17: The day at Plumpton got off to a pleasing start, as The Golden Hour returned from twnety months off to put in a very solid run in the mares only novices' hurdle. Totally as expected, she showed signs of rustiness, but after the placed horses kicked on, she held her position in the pack, and Will Featherstone's view was that a less sharp track and more than two miles would eventually suit her. Nice. At the end of the day, things got even better as we got aWINNER from The Game Is A Foot. Ever since Gary Moore kindly directed him our way, he has been running well, and this was they time and place when it all went right. Running in a shorter race than usual, he hung in contention off of the strong early pace, and then picked off the leader just after the final hurdle, where proven stamina came into play. A very cool ride from Frankie Penfold. Pictures in the galley above.
9/2/17: Bold Max returned to action with a very nice third place at Lingfield - it was pleasing to get a good run at a place other than Chelmsford or Wolverhampton. In some respects it was an odd day, as the prospect of getting slobbered on by our known tongue flapper intimidated two opponents to stay put in the stalls, and one who did start gave Max as wide berth as was possible. Dare we hope that in future he gains finishing positions by the power of his tongue alone?
8/1/17: Bohernagore got a bit of a disappointing result going back to Fontwell. Frankie reported that with the ground being much deeper this time, the horse struggled with his jumping, and whilst he led, he could not dominate as much as before. That said, he was still within a couple of lengths of the leader coming off of the final turn, but from there his effort petered out. What he needs is some cut in the ground in order to put some of the opponents under pressure, but not too much.
By popular demand we will be organising another day out at Royal Ascot again. This year it will be on the Wednesday 21st June, tickets will again be for the Queen Anne enclosure. The ticket price for members of the racing club will be £109, non-members will be charged at £130. As we think that this will be a sell-out please get your applications for places in to Rosemarie as soon as possible to ensure we can provide a space for you. It will be a full day again – departing by coach from Shovelstrode at around 8.30. Drinks and snacks on arrival at the course, followed by a buffet lunch before racing begins and you will have plenty of time to get across the course to see the Royals arrive. After racing there will be a high tea back at the coach prior to departure.
So to ensure that you are not disappointed if you could transfer the funds for your ticket reservation into the Racing Club account – quoting ASCOT and your Name this will guarantee your tickets. Bank details are:-
The Secret Circle Racing Club: Weatherbys Bank sort code 60 93 03, Account No. 00477165
Please reply to Rosemarie Gray at email@example.com with how many tickets you require.
11/12/16: Three more runners in quick succession - the killer Bs. We hoped that Bold Max was a bit more tuned up for a big run on his comeback at Chelmsford, but he missed the break and ended up offering the usual return run. A couple of days later Brother Bennett made his chase debut at Lingfield and jumped well, finishing a fighting fourth. A very satsifactory start and he was a bit less keen to charge off madly than he has been hurdling. Beaufort Boy went there for the novice hurdle because the handicapper wanted to see another spin before rating him. He should now be able to go into a more suitable grade of race. A few new photos were added in the gallery above.
7/12/16: WINNER! A timely effort from Bohernagore on a good day at Fontwell. All the info about the run is on the News page, so suffice to say this was the performance that we knew Bohernagore was capable of - it has just taken time to fine tune the best way to get it out of him. It should also be noted that both of Frankie Penford's winners have been at Fontwell in the Secret Circle colours.
SECRET CIRCLE CHRISTMAS PRESENT SPECIAL
6 Months Racing Club membership for only £299
There are some Secret Circle trips in the offing – also open to non-Secret Circle members.
Pardubice: We left it a bit too late to organise this for the 2016 Velka Pardubicka, but the 2017 renewal is the target.
Other possible destinations, if there is interest:
Olympia Christmas Horse Show
A visit to Gary Witherford for a horse whispering demonstration
Dieppe races in 2017 (or other French courses)
Any other suggestions are welcome and if enough people sign up, we can do it
28/11/16: We took a bit of punt by pitching Frank N Fair into class 3 company when the mares only handicap hurdle at Plumpton was short of entries. Unfortunately most of those entered did actually run, and she was ten pounds out of the handicap on the day. Frankie Penford's claim was a helpful counter, but she just found horses at that level a bit too much to cope with. However, some handy prize money was picked up for finishing fourth.
23/11/16: Three runners this week, two syndicates and one club horse. Start with the best result! Despite being last of five, Brother Bennett was only beaten ten lengths. A bit frustratingly he ran too much like his comeback run at Lingfield - free early on, tired as a result later, then a mistake and hung right after it. We will try some different tack next time. Beaufort Boy made a comeback after two years off, and the testing ground at Lingfield was too much for him. The exercise will have brought him on plenty. The other runner was Winni Allfours in the bumper. She had not been showing much at home, and did not rise to the occasion for her debut appearance.
15/11/16: A burst of activity over the last couple of days. Taking them in chronological order: Bohernagore, coming back from his summer break, was really revved up and tried to pull absurdly hard. Initially Will was able to steady him, but the leader was also far to keen and Bo was not going to accept taking things steadily when other horses did not have to. Having spent most of the race in second, he ran out of steam and was unplaced. Hopefully he will use common sense rather more now that the excitement has passed. The Game Is A Foot was debuting in Secret Circle colours after seventeen months off and ran a cracker. He forced his way into second place on the run-in, but two opponents came with belated runs and relegated him to fourth late on. A very encouraging return and hopefully Bohernagore could see from the stables how patience can be a virtue. A day later Frank N Fair got a disappointing result at Fakenham. With half a lap remaining one of her three remaining opponents was hard ridden and the favourite (who was in form and receiving weight) made a bad blunder. Being in the first two seemed very probable, but she weakened into fourth quite soon after.
The syndicated horses are available for purchase in shares (or whole) at various prices, depending in the horses. Monthly fees are as per the normal training fees, pro rata to the percentage of the horse owned
The syndicated horses are:
ART HISTORY (8 y.o. gelding)
BROTHER BENNETT (6 y.o. gelding)
DYLANSEOGHAN (8 y.o. gelding)
unnamed Peintre Celebre 2.y.o filly
Visit the Horses page to see their full details.
Brother Bennett : 7 year old grey gelding
Sire: Martaline, Dam : La Gaminerie, Dam's Sire : Cadoudal
A handful of shares have become available in this promising chaser. They are available in either 10% shares at £1,600 down payment, plus £200 per month all in, ot 5% shares of £860 plus £120 per month, all in. In both cases there will be no monthly payment until August. Contact Tony Waters on 07462 860 408 for complete details.
Dylanseoghan : 8 yr old bay gelding
Sire: Pierre (GB), Dam: Sabbatical (IRE), Dam's Sire: Jurado (USA)
Strong Chasing Type, winning Pointer, has run just 7 times under rules to date. Prefers a bit of cut in the ground and is on a nice chase handicap mark 94, will continue his chasing career this Autumn/Winter. 3m plus seems to be his trip ..
Secret Circle 5% Ownership Shares available at £450 down followed by monthly payments of £110 all in.
Contact Tony Waters 07462 860408
Larger shares available please contact Tony for prices.
The Secret Circle operates both with purchase syndicates in which the members own a share of the horse that they have chosen to purchase and as a racing club, in which a roster of horses owned by the club are representing club members paying a monthly subscription.
The horses will be based with Zoe Davison, at Shovelstrode Stables, near East Grinstead, Sussex
The club aims to provide:
- At least three club horses on the roster at any given time, ideally mixing flat and jumps
- Monthly club stable mornings - first Saturday of every month
- Regular text bullletins
- Horse progress updates, via a monthly training report
- Race planning and entry information bulletins
- Annual club lunch on a local racecourse
- Owners badges and parade ring access
- Shares of prize money won
- Club members car badges
Anyone wishing to get involved with ownership within The Secret Circle can contact
Tony on 07462 860408 for club info
Zoe on 07812 007554 (alternatively Andy on 07970 839357) to discuss the horses or arrange a visit to Shovelstrode Stud Racing Stables, Shovelstrode Lane, Ashurstwood, East Grinstead, Sussex, RH19 3PN.
Or visit the Contact Us page to email