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Yen Hall Farm Racing Club
We have designed our racing club, Yen Hall Farm Racing, so as to be able to give members all the fun and excitement of racehorse ownership but at a modest fixed fee.
We are keen that members have a lot of enjoyment and exceptional value for money. Although this has attracted experienced racehorse owners, it is also ideal for those who are thinking of becoming involved for the first time.
- Membership of Yen Hall Farm Racing Club is limited to 20 shares as opposed to some other well-known clubs that have a hundred or more. We want you to feel like an owner, not a number.
- In order to give members as much racing as possible, we put three horses into the club and select ones that offer variety between hurdling and chasing and we mix experienced handicappers with relatively untried horses that we believe could prove to be very exciting.
- Members pay a fixed fee of £180 a month. That covers all costs, including training fees, race entries, transport and jockey fees and there are no hidden extras.
- All owner’s prize money (adjusted for VAT) is divided between the 20 membership shares and is distributed to fully paid-up members at the end of the Yen Hall Farm Racing season (which runs from 1 September to 31 May).
- Members are kept fully informed and are encouraged to visit the yard at any time by arrangement and to watch the horses school and work on the gallops.
- The horses will run in the exclusive and specially designed YHF Racing colours – except in point to point races
- Owners’ badges are available for all members to come and watch the horses run at race meetings subject to availability.
The horses selected to run for YHFR in the 2020-2021 are:
Glimpse of Gold
Glimpse of Gold is an exciting newcomer to the Club. He is 9 year old bay gelding by Passing Glance (GB) out of Tizzy Blue (IRE) (Oscar (IRE)). He is an experienced handicapper who had already won three hurdle races and been placed over fences when we bought him out of Tim Vaughan’s yard this Spring. We felt that he would appreciate being in a smaller yard and thought that he was well handicapped. Having benefitted from an early Summer holiday, Gold came back into work and soon impressed us. He duly won his first race for the Club on 9 September, ridden by Alex Thorne in a conditional jockeys’ 2 mile hurdle race at Uttoxeter and then followed up with a very good third placed finish just three days later at Fontwell. He will compete in a mixture of hurdle and chase races during the season.
Graineyhill is a 4 time winning 9 year old gelding by Craigsteel who has joined us from Gordon Elliott’s yard. With a highly commendable career record of 4 wins and seven places and having proved himself over distances ranging from 2 – 3 miles and on going varying from good to heavy, he is a very exciting addition to the Yen Hall Farm Racing club. He is more than capable of winning from both his hurdle and chase marks and will give a lot of fun and excellent days out to Club members.
Carlos came to us as an unbacked colt and, having been gelded, is going to start his career on the flat before hopefully going hurdling. He has a wonderful temperament and takes everything in his stride. His sire was a top class group winner, winning in Britain, Ireland and France, generally over 1 mile 2 furlongs and his dam is half-sister to multiple winner, Demolition, who won 9 times on turf at up to 1 mile 4 furlongs. Carlos will be an interesting horse for the Club, capable of running on the flat and over hurdles and, given his breeding, could be very exciting.
In addition to the horses named above, I am keen that members enjoy plenty of racing and so, from time to time, I may decide to arrange for another horse to run as a “bonus run” for the Yen Hall Farm Racing Club. Although any horse doing so will not run in the Yen Hall Farm Racing Club colours, we treat it as a Yen Hall Farm Racing Club race and any owners’ prize money won will go into the member’s prize fund.
For those that like small print clauses, you will be glad to know that, even though I can’t guarantee that the Yen Hall Farm Racing Club horses will remain sound, it would be my intention to replace any horse that is unable to run for an extended period or, one that is sold at auction or claimed under the terms of any selling or claiming race. If I “buy in” one of the horses at auction (ie if it wins a selling race and I purchase it back to stay in the club), the prize money won in that race may be used to cover the purchase price so that only any net profit is available to be distributed to the members of the Yen Hall Farm Racing Club.
Again, for the benefit of lawyers and others who like to focus on the details, the horses involved in the Racing Club are technically leased to Yen Hall Farm Racing Club for the club’s season and, at the end of the season, will continue to be owned by me. The good news is that none of the members of YHF Racing have any liability to me or to anyone else in respect of the horses (other than payment of the agreed fee of £180 a month) which means no vets fees among other things. The membership fee must be paid up in full at the outset or may be paid by direct debit in monthly instalments. Anyone who doesn’t pay up in full will not be entitled to share in any benefits – and more notably unable to receive their share of owner’s prize money when it is distributed at the end of the Yen Hall Farm Racing Club season.
As you will appreciate, this is a private arrangement and membership of YHF Racing is not transferable and members must agree that it is clearly for entertainment and is not an investment or an arrangment with a view to profit.
As you would expect, the horses will be trained by me and I shall be responsible for all decisions relating to the horses.