Racehorse Trainer at shovelstrode stud stables - NEAR EAST GRINSTEAD in the heart of Sussex

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:

TANACANDO (9 y.o. gelding)

DEVIOUS DICKS DAME (6 y.o. filly)

CAGLIOSTRO (9 y.o. gelding)

Visit the Horses page to see their full details, and more pictures. Click on the Membership Form button for a pdf application.


16/12/20: We had a less productive day than hoped for at Plumpton. Firstly Devious Dicks Dame was balloted out of a race which did not seem any harder than the one she landed last month. And there were subsequently five non-runners in it. Grrrrr! Two of the veteran syndicate horses turned out too, Dylanseoghan and Brother Bennett. For some reason they were in total agreement that this was not a day for them to be recklessly wasting their energy and pulled up. Fortunately O'Rahilly confirmed that he likes a Plumpton hurdle spin and picked up fourth, teasing for while that third may come his way.

16/11/20: A WINNER! Devious Dicks Dame migrated her front running experiment into a handicap and with the benefit of a great ride from James Davies, she got home by a neck. The placed horses have both been winners in the past but our heroine really battled on well when they threatened to go past her. Now that we have, ahem, found how to focus her energy, hopefully there is more to come.

10/11/20: Another winter debut, this time at Lingfield from O'Rahilly. He had a good spin round until lack of a race proved to be his undoing going up the hill. He did stay on and nick a finishing position back on the run-in. Hopefully this will set him up well for next time.

2/11/20: A couple of Plumpton runs to report on. Devious Dick's Dame was in the mares' novice hurdle and for a change we tried making the running. The end result was down to her weakening quickly when lack of a recent run caught up with her, but she certainly seemed a bit happier carrying on this way as opposed to settling down off of the pace. Food for thought when going back into handicaps. The other runner was Brother Bennett, who was more competitive than on his seasonal return but is, as usual, taking his own sweet time to build up to peak form.

22/10/20: The first runner of the season for us was Brother Bennett. First time out is not his optimal racing scenario but having not got involved in a far too frantic early pace, he inherited third after some of those found the toll could not be paid. Unfortunately, Benny ran out of steam and lost third on the run-in, but it was a very acceptable outcome.

20/7/20: Just a quick confirmation of the racing club horses for the coming season. Devious Dicks Dame and Cagliostro remain on the roster. The new addition is Tanacando. He has not had much racing in the last couple of years but has been placed in two of his eight hurdle races so far.

16/3/20: Two runners over the weekend. The ground was just too heavy for Brother Bennett at Fontwell and we know that he does not tolerate that sort of nonsense gladly. However the race cut up a bit and he did managed fourth place. The following day Caglisotro ran very acceptably at Market Rasen. Up a little in class he could not accelerate as well as the others when the pace picked up four out but over 2m 3f he kept galloping all the way to the line and jumping very efficiently. All we need now is for some kind racecourse stage a 0-100 chase over about two and a quarter miles with the ground not almost waterlogged. Is this an unreasonable ambition?

Also now that racecourse attention will be limited, we will provide more news on owners' permissions when the details have been clarified.

13/3/20: After his solid and encouraging chase debut O'Rahilly seemed to lose some pizazz at the job in a couple of runs on heavy ground, so the plan was to go back to hurdles and get his confidence back up. That did not take long as in the first try he was third at Plumpton, beaten by only five lengths. It looks like we have the horse back that we saw in the autumn.

11/2/20: Two runs to report upon. Cagliostro's chain of abandonments caught up with him and a potential second place faded into fifth at Huntingdon. Not bad under the circumstances but he can do better. The Game Is A Foot had an off day at Plumpton and whilst we would hope to get a couple more runs into him (after a short break perhaps) it does look as if this will be his final season.

28/1/20: A winning round up as Brother Bennett found a race at Fontwell very much to his liking. The enemy set the race up perfectly for him to pounce late under a peach of a ride from Page, although his victims did include our part-owned O'Rahilly who showed that 2m 2f was not far enough. Two club horses went to Plumpton a day later. The Game Is A Foot was as committed as ever but found 3m 1f just a bit too far. Devious Dicks Dame made life quite difficult again for her rider and pulled up.

26/12/19: Two runners took to the mire on Boxing Day. The Game Is A Foot was up into class 3 level where we hoped a low weight would be a big advantage in the conditions. Instead he just found the best horses in that standard too good, but he did stay on gamely to take back fifth on the run-in. Brother Bennett had been off over seven weeks and being such a stuffy sort he needs to keep busy to stay fit. He was in the mix to three out and only lost fourth on the run-in, so that will do him just right for his next intended spin, around Plumpton in mid-January.

20/12/19: Two runners this week. O'Rahilly finished third at Plumpton in a chase, keeping on neatly after the awkward downhill run had been completed. Devious Dicks Dame had her seasonal return for the racing club at Fakenham and needed the spin. She should now get a handicap mark and we can look for some realistic races to shoot at.

11/12/19: Off to Leicester today with two runners and they both did well. It would be fair to say that The Game Is A Foot did exceedingly well, losing by a head to a horse eight years his junior. Despite his thirteenth birthday being just three weeks away it does look as if there is life in those legs yet. Earlier on the card Cagliostro confirmed his promising debut for the club, losing by only eight lengths when fourth over fences.

3/12/19: A couple of nice days for The Secret Circle. O'Rahilly made a very functional chase debut at Plumpton. He did not have the spark to take on 140+ rated opponents but his jumping was very sound. And our veteran hero The Game Is A Foot showed that there is still life in his old legs with second places over hurdles at Lingfield. Both can go onwards from these efforts.



syndicate ownership


Brother Bennett : 11 year old grey gelding

Sire: Martaline, Dam: La Gaminerie, Dam's Sire: Cadoudal
A handful of shares (30%) have become available in this promising chaser who won this spring. They are available in either 10% shares at £1,000 down payment, plus £200 per month all in, or 5% shares of £500 plus £110 per month, all in. Contact Tony Waters on 07462 860 408 for complete details.

O'Rahilly : 9 year old bay gelding

Sire: Aristotle, Dam: Linoora, Dam's Sire: Lil's Boy
Contact Tony Waters 07462 860408
Please contact Tony for  prices.



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:

BROTHER BENNETT (11 y.o. gelding)

O'RAHILLY (9 y.o. gelding)

Visit the Horses page to see their full details. Those in part ownership with others will usually alternate whose colours that they race in.


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 any surplus generated
- Club members car badges


Anyone wishing to get involved with ownership within The Secret Circle can contact 

Tony on 07462 860 408 for club info

Rosemarie on 07779 962153 for club info

Zoe on 07812 007 554 (alternatively Andy on 07970 839 357) 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