The money was raised entirely by Club members attending stable visits throughout the year. The first of these was a very popular visit to Charlie Longsdon’s yard in Chipping Norton. Over 30 Club members braved the January snow and made the trip to Oxfordshire to see the likes of Loose Chips, Forth Bridge and Treckle Tart working on the gallops and relaxing in their boxes.
The second trip took place just one week later at Seamus Mullins’ yard near Salisbury. Up on the gallops Club members were not only treated to seeing the horses at work, but also to a fantastic view of the nearby Stonehenge. Back at the yard Seamus took members around every box and we even had the opportunity to meet stable legend Chesterfield.
More recently the Club have visited Jamie Osbourne’s yard in Lambourn. Members on this trip not only got to see the likes of Ascot specialist Raising Sands, but also saw Jamie’s notorious canine companion and social media star ‘Bad Bobby’!
As the Racegoers Club is a not-for-profit organisation all the money made from these visits has been shared between the yards and our charity partner Racing Welfare. Thanks to these visits being so well supported by our Club members we were able to present Racing Welfare with a cheque for £500 at Ascot Racecourse on Friday 26th July.
Mark Loades said