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:

BEAUFORT BOY (8 y.o. gelding)

FRANK N FAIR (10 y.o. mare)

O'RAHILLY (6 y.o. gelding)

THE GAME IS A FOOT (11 y.o. gelding)

THE GOLDEN HOUR  (8 y.o. mare)

Visit the Horses page to see their full details.


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


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 (8 y.o. gelding)

DYLANSEOGHAN (9 y.o. gelding)

unnamed Black Sam Bellamy 4.y.o filly

Visit the Horses page to see their full details.


5/3/18: Roster changes in progress. Date for the diary - Frank N Fair is due to make her racing farewell on 19th April, at Cheltenham in a chase on the card dedicated to mares only races. The thinking is that she will be a bit high in the handicap to expect a productive time next season and she is at a good age to go to stud. Anyone who may be interested in investing in a Frank N Fair foal should get in contact ASAP. The replacement in her slot was found in Ireland recently, a horse named O'Rahilly, who ran really well for a mile and three quarters in a decent bumper at Clonmel.

12/2/18: And another nice day at Plumpton, as The Golden Hour, whom we partner in with Nigel Sharp, gets her first ever win in a Plumpton three miler. In her first long distance race since a wind op, she stayed on powerfully off of a strong pace and won going away. Might  she one day turn into another Sussex National contender?

1/2/18: A week that began on a frustrating note, with a disappointing show from Brother Bennett, was able to accelerate as we moved on. The Game Is A Foot did that. He did not run to his best at Lingfield on Tuesday but was not given an excess of hard work for no purpose, and finished fourth. That meant that when a race reopened at Towcester two days later, he was bouncy enough to go, enjoy and win - a couple of departures at the third last made life easier. He is having an amazing season for us.On Monday Frank N Fair ran a bit below par, with Tommy Dowling feeling that it was one deep mid-winter race too many for her, but a short break should get her ready to get stuck in during spring. 

23/1/18: The Golden Hour had a nice return after her wind op. She was in very testing ground at Leicester, but still stayed on for third place. A longer race on better going would probably suit her better, but she is definitely back on track.

7/1/18: Alas, the Sussex National dream was not to be, but Frank N Fair ran a cracking race, finishing third in a competitive field - and she did for a while get in a position where better could be hoped for. More details on the News page.

22/12/17: Brother Bennett picked up a third place hurdling at Uttoxeter. He ran a very sound race and was definitely more comfortable on the turns there than Fakenham. However, he got squeezed up on the rails two out and as he looked for room did not manage a fluent jump at the flight. It cost him second place, but the winner looked to be different gravy on the day.

18/12/17: Another winner! Frank N Fair made it two in a row at Plumpton. A rather less eventful race than last time, as she picked off the opposition as she liked and won nicely. There was also a best turned out award to add to the kitty. The next step is not certain, but the Sussex National in early January is under consideration, as she has a chance to sneak in on minimum weight - just like she did here.

8/12/17: The Golden Hour became our first runner in a while to finish but not bring back any prize money. It was a race packed with in-form opponents, but the outcome was that she gurgled a couple of times in the more testing conditions and will need a wind op.

5/12/17: A day after Frank N Fair we had our first ever hat trick as The Game Is A Foot dealt with a rise in class at Lingfield (but had a lower weight and top conditional jockey James Bowen claiming five pounds) - he really knuckled down well to finish the job off. So far this jumps season, the racing club arm has had eight runs and four wins.

4/12/17: On this day in history, webmaster went to Fakenham, where Brother Bennett failed to handle the track and finished fourth, a slightly disappointing outcome. Meanwhile the action was hot, hot, hot at Plumpton, where racing club stalwart Frank N Fair won the staying chase. She was going ominsouly well for the oppo when two leaders blundered and unseated at the bottom of the hill. We have seen that stuff her chances before, but today she spotted the safe path through the minefield and was suddenly clear. Nice work.  

24/11/17: A slightly (well, utterly) belated update from Fakenham. All that Frank N Fair had to do to pick up prize money was finish, but the one fence that she misjudged caused her to unseat. The eventual winner was Kayfleur, who has already finished behind Frank N Fair, so we have to think of it as a potential win that got away. She was joined in Norfolk by The Golden Hour and Brother Bennett. They were both having their first run after the summer break and both finished third. A good reintroduction times two.

14/11/17: The Game Is A Foot does it again, like some sort of burly, equine Britney Spears impersonator. This time it was the Lingfield two mile hurdle for flat jockeys. On the run-in his stamina really came into play and he won going away, but hopefully not by enough to get anything added on to the 8 pounds rise for the Plumpton win. Here is a thought - having won this, do we have a potential contender for the jump jockeys flat race, to make for an unusual double?

12/11/17: CHRISTMAS PRESENT SPECIAL - 6 months club membership available for £250

6/11/17: We did not rush to get the horses out and about this winter, but when the ground was suitable and the horses ready it really paid off. Frank N Fair put in a corking effort to be runner-up at Plumpton with Will Featherstone reporting that it will really have got her spot on for a return to three miles. Just after that we went one better, winning with The Game Is A Foot in the two and a half mile handicap hurdle. Just wait until the weather gets worse and our excellent record in snow or heavy rain comes into play!

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. 


Unnamed: 4 year old filly

Sire: Black Sam Bellamy, Dam: Diamond Dee

5% shares available at £300 each (larger shares possible), plus £99 per month. A grand stamp of a mare, she will be in bumpers initially and then hurdles in the autumn.

Brother Bennett : 8 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 : 9 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.



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