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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:

O'RAHILLY (6 y.o. gelding)

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

DEVIOUS DICKS DAME (3 y.o. filly)

Visit the Horses page to see their full details, and more pictures.

20/11/18: Brother Bennett was supposed to be at Leicester this week for a chase, but bad ground led to it being abandoned quite early. This gave time to find an alternative closer to home and he went for a hurdle at Plumpton instead. With Tom Cheesman neatly dodgy the fallers three out (although some ground was lost in doing so), Benny ended up landing second place. We love it when a plan comes together, even if it was not the plan originally planned.

7/11/18: Windy Bottom, whom we share with the Lump O'Clock partnerships (so is it Secret O'Clock or the even very dubious sounding Lump Circle?) made her debut for us at Plumpton. She needed the run, but got a good blow out and will come on a bunch for it.

20/10/18: Brother Bennett was the first Secret Circle runner of autumn, finishing fifth at Stratford. The race was not too his liking, as the early pace was very low, causing him to pull too hard, and then the leaders quickened up unusually far from the finish. Other days will meet his needs a bit better.

25/5/18: As we do not have any summer horses to hand, Brother Bennett was out last runner for a little while. By missing Plumpton a week earlier due to a minor knock, he was forced up a couple of levels and thanks to three rivals setting off like the clappers, he got outpaced and did not really enjoy the silliness. Summer break comes now.

13/5/18: Frank'N'Fair's challenge for the Norfolk National stumbled on the issue of a small burst blood vessel problem and she pulled up, but after her solid show in the race before, her retirement has been put on hold - there will be an early winter campaign at the very least. Brother Bennett was also foiled by a minor knock, missing a hurdle race at Plumpton. He should be back in action very soon.

15/4/18: A good day at Plumpton. Firstly Page Fuller gave Frank N Fair a lovely ride to get second in the staying handicap chase. That is enough to give her the go ahead for Fakenham on the 8th May. If the winner had chosen now for one of his very off days, who knows where she may have gone? Soon after that the frustratingly problem prone Brother Bennett finally got his first win for us - Page again rode and she sneaked in by a short head. Hopefully the horse will now be more at ease with sporting exertion and go on to do more.

11/4/18: After her Hereford defeat, there is a bit of a change of plan for Frank N Fair, by which we mean, a lot of a change. Instead of one big blast at Cheltenham, the more realistic options for success were Plumpton on Sunday 15th April, and if she puts up a good show to have a look at the Norfolk National at Fakenham, which is a 0-125 handicap.

27/3/18: Brother Bennett finished fifth on his first run back after a wind operation. The signs that it has helped him were good, but rider Trevor Whelan reported that when presented with a bit of space on the back straight, the horse tended to jump off to his left. This has not been a problem in the past, but should be able to be worked out of his system. Unfortunately Frank N Fair's hurdles finale was not a blaze of glory, but we still have the last chase to look forward to.

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?


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


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)

THE GOLDEN HOUR (8 y.o. mare)

WINDY BOTTOM (7 y.o. mare)

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



Brother Bennett : 8 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.

The Golden Hour : 8 year old bay mare

Sire: Gold Well, Dam: KIrktonwell Katie, Dam's Sire: Rich Charlie

This lightly raced mare, a winner of a staying hurdle last season, is part owned by The Secret Circle, with the rest owned by Nigel Sharp. A smattering of shares remain at £300 plus VAT for a 5% share, or 10% shares for £600.

Contact Tony Waters 07462 860408
Larger shares available please contact Tony for  prices.