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6 October 2022

The Good Racing Co launches stable of thoroughbreds raising funds and awareness for charity

Unique fundraising initiative already has three horses and ambitions to add a further five to its stable within a year, raising vital funds for different charitable causes, including Racing Welfare.

The Good Racing Co – a brand-new fundraising initiative aiming to redefine racing by dedicating horses from its stables to raise funds and awareness for different charitable causes – has launched today. Created by Phil Hawthorne, the man behind the hugely successful Burrow Seven, The Good Racing Co aims to have eight horses racing for different good causes within a year.

From Thursday 6 October, individual and business memberships to the latest promising thoroughbred in its stable – Go Go Chicago – will be available for sale. Trained by O’Brien McPherson Racing, Go Go Chicago is set to raise funds for Racing Welfare and Racing to School, with profits split between the two.

Phil Hawthorne, CEO of The Good Racing Co explains: “We’ve already raised £100,000 for charity through Burrow Seven, which is phenomenal. It helped me see there’s a huge potential for racing to raise money for charity. With The Good Racing Co, we aim to redefine racing as an all-inclusive sport that motivates and excites people for many different reasons, especially racing for good causes.

“We believe that there’s more to winning than coming first and we’re looking towards a future in which everybody wins.  With our new racing club, when people buy a membership to a horse in our stable, they can share in making a difference and improving the lives of those in need.

“This just the start of what we hope will be a growing movement of racing for good because together we can do good on a grand scale – and have fun along the way.”

Go Go Chicago is a promising, young bay gelding by the highly successful stallion, Shirocco, who has bred many famous winners including Annie Power (a five-time Group 1 winner), Lac Fontana, Minella Rocco, Third Wind and Silver Hallmark. Over the last nine months Go Go Chicago has been trained in Cheltenham by O’Brien McPherson Racing, who hope he’ll compete in his first race in late October 2022.

Trainer Fergal O’Brien said: “Graeme McPherson and I are exceptionally excited to be joining The Good Racing Co. We hope to unite the racing community to raise money for more worthy causes – while having fun along the way. We’ve seen what can be collectively achieved through the success of Burrow Seven, and we’re confident the racing community will once again make us proud of their generosity and support for good causes.”

Dawn Goodfellow, Racing Welfare chief executive said: “The sentiment and ambition behind The Good Racing Co is fantastic. Membership offers an affordable way for people to get involved with British horseracing, while also helping to give back to the sport at the same time. We’re extremely grateful that Phil has chosen to support Racing Welfare and Racing to School with this new venture, and we look forward to seeing Go Go Chicago giving members the combined thrill of racing while making a difference to our industry.”

John Blake, CEO at Racing to School said: “We are very grateful to The Good Racing Co for this new initiative and wish the horses and their new owners great success. Racing to School delivers the sport’s largest community programme and we are ambitious to work with partners to reach more young people to support their education and career aspirations.”

Go Go Chicago membership includes a luxury welcome pack, as well as access to an exclusive online members’ content hub. Members will also be given the opportunity to enter prize draws throughout the year to visit Go Go Chicago at the yard and meet with the people that work with and train him every day.

Membership costs £60 per year and all profits are split between Racing Welfare and Racing to School. Visit www.thegoodracing.co