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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. For the 2019-20 season, we are also planning to run Local Show in some point to point races.
- 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 2019-2020 are:
Misshirocco is an exciting newcomer to the Club. She is 4 year old bay filly by Shirocco (GER) out of Academy Miss (IRE) (Dushayantor (USA)). We bought her as a 3 year old at the store sales. We backed her last year and brought her back into proper training this Spring. She shows a great attitude and some speed and we believe that she has excellent potential. She is closely related to Academy Sir Harry who was one of the leading Irish bumper horses, winning his bumper before going on to win a maiden and a novice hurdle race before his career was sadly cut short after only five runs. We are very much looking forward to seeing her on the track in September.
Stonebrigg Legend (aka “Ruby”) is returning to the Club by popular demand! She is only little but has the heart of a lion. She was the leading prize winner for Yen Hall Farm Racing in the 2018-19 season with 2 wins over steeplechase fences and 3 places from 8 runs, contributing over £10,000 in owners’ prize money. She has been enjoying her holiday but is already telling me that she would like to get back racing!
Arcadian Sea (aka “Brian”) is another newcomer to Yen Hall Farm Racing. He is a well-bred 5 year old gelding: his mother (who was very well-related) won several races on the flat, including the valuable Irish Lincolnshire at the Curragh and his half brother, Dromberg Dream, was very successful and had a flat rating of 100. We bought him last year and initially ran him on the flat but switched him to hurdles this Spring. As the Racing Post commented, he has improved with every run and was placed in his last two novice runs and was a very creditable 2nd in his debut handicap hurdle. He looks set to improve again and is clearly enjoying his racing. Now that he has learnt how to jump efficiently, we think that he could be very competitive.
Local Show, as an 11 year old gelding, is the “senior” member of the Club. He was rated 147 over fences earlier in his career and has real class. He had a stellar season for Yen Hall Farm Racing in the 2018-19 season in point to point races. From 9 runs, he won 4 and was placed 4 times and was a brilliant school-master for William’s first season of pointing. As Local clearly enjoyed the switch from Rules racing, we shall probably run him in some more point to points next season and there is no reason why he shouldn’t win plenty more – after all, we would like to hang onto all the silverware that he won this year!
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.