Raffle organiser Joe de Souza chats to Hayley Moore.
Jaime Butcher about to ask Declan for his nap!

Thanks to Alan Ashley for taking the photo & David Heaton for sound set up. We had such an informative evening with Hayley, Declan & Paul Jacobs. Here are their Randox Health GN top picks:

PAUL JACOBS: Vintage Clouds; Alpha des Obeaux; Carlingford Lough; I Just Know; Ucello Conti

HAYLEY MOORE: I Just Know; Ucello Conti; The Last Samuri; Baie Des Iles.

DECLAN RIX: Vintage Clouds; Ucello Conti, Regal Encore; Alpha Des Obeaux; Carlingford Lough.

Kate Austin

OUR CHELTENHAM PREVIEW PANEL who kicked off the Festival with 9/1 Sommerville Boy!  L-R Luke Tarr; Matt Tombs; Lydia Hislop; Phil Smith & LRC President: Lee Mottershead.


L-R Zakia Benmiloud, Martin Hastwell, Richard Williams, Richard Lane, Dallas Dacre-Lacy, Atholl Taylor-Hudson, David Heaton  all enjoying a rare moment of sunshine on the balcony!

'A big thank you to Kate Austin for arranging for London Racing Club Members, at a very competitive price, a box on Lanzarote Hurdle Day at Kempton Park on 13th February. A great days racing with added benefits of a birds eye view of the action from the box balcony overlooking the course & a luxury of a box in which to warm up in between races was enjoyed by all.  The well supported, 16 runner, Class 1, 32Red Lanzarote Handicap Hurdle didn't disappoint with William Henry providing the second of three winners at Kempton on the day for Nicky Henderson who was given a peach of a ride by James Bowen. It was great to see some much loved seasoned chasers including Smad Place & Gods Own taken on by the impressive & aptly named eventual winner Waiting Patiently in The Class 1 32Red Casino Steeplechase. Redicean, winner of the 32Redcasino Juvenile Hurdle, proved his first winner over hurdles on 27th December wasn't beginners luck by following up with an emphatic win of the first race on the card. It was great to see smaller trainers Amy Murphy, Trainer of Mercian Prince, winner of The 32Red Download the App Handicap Steeplechase & Anthony Honeyball, Trainer of Fountains Windfall, Winner of The Handicap Steeple Chase rewarded with Saturday winners.'  - Dallas Dacre-Lacy

LRC VISIT to ASCOT 22-12-17

Twenty LRC members & guests took advantage of a FREE badge offer for the first day of Ascot's Christmas Festival. Luckily the rain held off and as you can see, there was plenty of Christmas cheer! 

HUGE thanks to Ascot for its generosity in giving us Edward Vll enclosure badges (normally £27!) .
Sean McCarthy & Alan Ashley getting into the Christmas Spirit!


15 November

 Lee Mottershead (LM), Jack Milner (JM), Jamie Snowden (JS) & Rory Delargy (RD).

Bet Victor Gold Cup

JS – Double Treasure has gone up 42lbs for his 4-win sequence which saw him win a Novices’ Chase at Cheltenham last time.

Came from Ireland and had a wind op and has proven to be a very good horse on good ground, his home work is great and improving all the time. The horse thinks he’s ‘Mike Tyson on speed’
JM – Ballyalton is a previous festival winner who will love the ground
Kylemore Lough price is based on potential improvement for the change of yard (Left Kerry Lee and now with Harry Fry). The race suits second season chasers.
JS – Kylemore Lough did very little wrong for Kerry Lee – is there more improvement?
RD – Le Prezien not badly treated off 150 but frustrating to see him go up 6lbs for being beaten last time. Good course form and Showcase prep run was good.

Romain De Senam is fit and a good jumper, surprised Paul Nicholls with his improvement

JS – Double Treasure
JM – Le Prezien & Double Treasure
RD – Plaisir D’Amour (C&D winner) big price, Gold Present if he is ready first time out
 Greatwood Hurdle

LM – Based on hurdles form Jenkins is on a high mark
JM – Since the withdrawal of Defi De Seuil we have seen Project Bluebook half in price
RD – If you believe the Jenkins hype he is thrown in off 137
The New One is a top class horse and it is no surprise when top class horses win top class handicaps. Dicky Johnson a good booking for the top weight.
JS – The New One jumping right is a worry at Cheltenham, at the course you are always turning left, and he will be giving away vital ground

JS – Jenkins
JM – If Barry rides Tigris River I’m on
RD – If London Prize turns up he’s the one
Best Bets Over the Weekend

RD – Fox Norton in the Shloer without a doubt
JM – Minella Rocco in the 3m 4f Handicap
RD – Pickamix in the Amateur Riders’ Handicap on Friday
JS – Presenting Pearl would have a chance in the Mares’ Bumper on Saturday 

Our Raffle Prizes included:
Very generous BetVictor Prizes, Liz Armstrong's Cotswold Chase Print and Sandown Badges 


31 October

Huge thanks to Mark Johnson & Rachel Candelora for their time, knowledge & the following picks. Time constraints mean I'm just posting the picks, not the reasoning.
But...there are a couple of things to note.

Summer Del Mar form is important as it means success on the new laid, deeper track & experience for jockeys, most of whom won't have ridden here before (esp Euros!)

Run-ins are incredibly short. Leading from the front early could, if a stayer, be advantageous. Need to close earlier!
The turf track is inside the dirt; it's sharp.​

HUGE THANKS to SARA ROSE of NEWMARKET RACECOURSE for facilitating 2 FREE days of racing for LRC members.

Rather than give a report, here's what a couple of members
had to say:

Martin Hastwell: Many thanks for organising yesterday.
 It was a great day.

Keith Osborne: Thanks for a great day's racing.
Backed Withold at a tasty 10/1 before the price came in! 

Alan Ashley:  Hi Kate... yeah great day out... stayed for 5th
race but left straight afterwards. If I don't see you at
B.C.D. I will 31st Oct preview night. Thank you for day out!  

Mark Godfrey: It was a great day Kate. Thanks again for the kind ticket offer. I managed to back Withhold earlier in the week so that made the day even better 😊

Glad you all enjoyed it folks! Watch your E-Bulletin for more news
of additional club events.

Kate Austin 

US Navy Flag wins the Dewhurst

Whisky Baron

London Racing Club went international for their latest visit, with a generous invite from Adrian Beaumont to view South African Grade One winner Whisky Baron work six furlongs on the Rowley Mile. The Australian-bred five-year-old was partnered by regular South African jockey Greg Cheyne on his Suffolk spin. Despite the testing ground conditions, he took to the track well, watched keenly by members Joe de Souza & Kate Austin. Also observing were Derek Thompson & David Milnes(RP).

Whisky Baron worked with two horses from William Haggas’ yard, where he has been based since his arrival in June. Cheyne told us: "It was an interesting workout as we have always had a concern that Whisky Baron might not relish soft ground and, although I was not disappointed and feel quite positive about it, it did expose the fact that he doesn't handle soft going particularly well.”  He will also never have experienced the undulating topography presented by the Rowley Mile.

Displaying an excellent temperament, and clearly taking everything in, this was an excellent introduction to the racecourse for a first piece of proper work for this very likeable horse.

Whisky Baron is owned by former England cricketer Craig Kieswetter and is set to contest the Shadwell Joel Stakes at HQ in a few weeks’ time. If all goes well, Whisky Baron will continue his travels and head off to Hong Kong for the feature December meeting.

This was a rare opportunity to see a southern hemisphere G1 horse and jockey during their 'acclimatisation' period. Huge thanks to Adrian Beaumont for inviting us!

Let's raise a glass to Whisky's future success!

Osborne Gallery Visit

One of London Racing Club’s summer events was a trip to the Osborne Studio Gallery to view the latest exhibition of Elie Lambert. The Belgian born artist has a deep history in the equine world, starting as an amateur rider age 18 before venturing into journalism representing Belgian racing in Paris Turf, Sporting Life and the Racing Post. Lambert also journeyed into the bloodstock industry and has consigned approximately 300 horses a year from England to Belgium, many of whom were winners. With the decline of Belgian racing in the late ‘80s Lambert turned to his other passion, art, and a decade later opened a gallery in Paris. Lambert had spent time sketching horses at the sales and after years of hard work began to see his own artwork in his gallery.
The gallery hosted over thirty exhibits of Lambert’s unique style – full of vibrant colours and original designs – with paintings of Deauville, Epsom, Newmarket and Chantilly just some of the locations captured.
One of Lambert’s most prestigious commissions of his career came from Shadwell. After narrowly missing out on producing the 2008 Shadwell Stallion Catalogue, Lambert was contacted to provide the artwork for the 2009 edition. Having worked closely with the Head Family throughout his bloodstock career Lambert chose the mighty miler Tamazyuz for his prized commission in the famous Maktoum colours.
London Racing Club wish to thank the Osborne Studio Gallery for the opportunity to view this exhibition, as well as their continued support.

Tally-Ho Farm Polo Festival 13 August

LRC member, Dallas Dacre Lacy, & guest enjoying the match at the Tally-Ho Farm Polo Festival at Royal Berkshire Polo Club on Sunday August 13th.