OCTOBER OWNER INTERVIEW - PETER BENNETT-JONES

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BACKGROUND – A little bit about yourself (Occupation, where do you live, family etc)

Married to Ali with three kids (Ludo, Tilly & Bertie)  in their late 20’s – a fine triumvirate. I live in Oxford, work in Soho and have a holiday home in Anglesey- another fine triumvirate. I work in the entertainment business as producer and agent through PBJ Management, having started Tiger Aspect Productions in the 80’s. Ex chair of Comic Relief ,  Save the Children and National Theatre Productions.

 

How did you first get involved in Racing?

A school chum Piers Pottinger seduced me into buying Prince Madoc from Mark Bradstock 20 years ago, followed by sharing ownership with Piers of his brother King Harald (winner of Jewson Novice Chase at the 2005 Festival)

What horses are you/have you been involved with both with Kim and other trainers?

In addition to above syndictes with Bradstocks, Andrew Balding via  Kennet Valley Thoroughbreads, Emma Lavelle via Thurloe and expensively unsuccessful co-ownerships with another chum via  the mighty John Goldstone. Total blank with two Jamie Osborne 10 x tenth ownerships!

What was your best/funniest experience on a racecourse?

Prince Madoc winning his Newbury bumper @66:1 by 30 lenghts (‘no longer a race but a procession” on the commentary) and winning the Jewson Novice Chase when jockey Mattie Bachelor lost his stirrup footing stumbling over the last at Cheltenham..a tense 30 seconds ensued..

What is your favourite racecourse/race meeting?

A cliché but the Cheltenham Festival, despite a Liverpool upbringing.

How did you first get involved with Kim?

I met him fishing on the Tay courstesy of a mutual friend – he can fish and sip a night-cap oor two..!

If you were in charge of racing for a day what would you change?

Double( at least..)the jumps prize money

Now away from racing - If you could trade lives with one person for an entire day who would it be and why?

The Prime Minister so that I could abolish Brexit – the event and the word ever being used again


If you could invite any 5 people for dinner who would they be?

I have been lucky meeting many interesting people over the years- I would like to dine again with Michael Palin, Joanna Lumley, Justin Welby, Alistair Campbell & Michael Bloomberg. From the long gone I would like to go to the pub with Cicero..

Do you have a sweet tooth or a savoury tooth?

I have no sense of taste or smell..so academic I am afraid

What is your favourite food, holiday, restaurant, tv programme?

The Rose and Crown public house in north Oxford is my happy second home – no music (apart from jazz on Sundays) , no tv and no phones. A haven with great beer and clientele- from porters to professors

If you could do anything you wanted right now, what would it be?

Recover my sense of taste…for all that delicious wine I bought over the years..

What are you most looking forward to?

A forthcoming November week in Mauritius with all the family is pretty high on the list- sea, sun, golf, grub, grog and the oldest race-track in the southern hemisphere! Paradise.

 

 

 

 

 

SEPTEMBER OWNER INTERVIEW - STEVE & CHRIS ADAMS

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BACKGROUND – A little bit about yourself (Occupation, where do you live, family etc)

Steve & I are farmers who live in Stoke-on-Trent, we have been happily married for 40 years! We feel very lucky that we share our love of horses & racing & have had some fantastic days racing at many racecourses. We have two children, Clare is a maths teacher & Peter who is a partner in our business, we rear beef cattle & make haylage which we supply to many aspects of the horse industry. Our son Peter & Vicky his wife also run their own livery yard.

How did you first get involved in Racing?

As a youngster Steve hunted with the North Staffs Hunt, he also rode in hunter trials & did team chasing, then point to pointing followed on, this gave Steve the bug for racing, Chris also.

What horses are you/have you been involved with both with Kim and other trainers?

We first had shares with Favourites racing & a horse called Kaiserstolz trained by Ian Williams, he was our first winner & went on to win 3 more races. Then there was Mr Mustard he also won 4, of which 3 of them were under A P @ Fontwell. We had a share in Brigadier Miller with Nicky Henderson, he won a bumper. Then we ran our own mare Miss Lucky Penny with Ian Williams she ran 10 times & was placed in 6 of them, she is now a brood mare at home & has had 4 colts, 2 by Gentle Wave, 1 by Pethers Moon & the latest one by Telescope. They are all for sale!!!  With Kim we have a share in the two time winner Silver Kayf & a share in Pond Road who is looking very exiting for this season & we were involved with the unlucky Desaray

What was your best/funniest experience on a racecourse?

Our best moment was experiencing our 1st winner on a racecourse when Kaiserstolz won at Sedgefield. Our funniest experience was when we won £1300 on the placepot at Cheltenham festival in 1989, we were staying in a caravan across from the racecourse, the facilities left a lot to be desired!!! So when we collected the money Chris put the funds in her underwear for safe keeping to stop the pickpockets getting it.

What is your favourite racecourse/race meeting?

Cheltenham November meeting, followed by the festival, now that the marvellous improvements have been completed.

How did you first get involved with Kim?

We saw an advert for a 3 year old grey gelding for sale, so we used that as an excuse to go & have a look around Kim’s stables. 24 hours later we had bought a share in Silver Kayf,  cunning litte devil that Peter Kerr, but joking apart it was a great decision & we always enjoy our visits to the stables & of course to the races.

If you were in charge of racing for a day what would you change?

We would like to try to educate the public & some people in racing that the persuader (whip) is so well padded it does not hurt the horse, & that it is a vital aid to help the jockey steer the horse into a fence or get around a bend. Race riding would be far more dangerous if it was banned.

Now away from racing - If you could trade lives with one person for an entire day who would it be and why?

Steve, Sir Ian Botham so I could sit by Bumble & commentate on the cricket & watch it from the best seat in the ground.
Chris, Sue Barker so I could be at top sporting events. i.e Wimbledon

If you could invite any 5 people for dinner who would they be?

Kim, Richard Phillips, David (Bumble) Lloyd,  Rob Brydon & Harry Redknapp for a good fun night & definitely no boring politicians!!!

Do you have a sweet tooth or a savoury tooth?

Steve both
Chris savoury

What is your favourite food, holiday, restaurant, tv programme?

Steve Rib eye steak to keep the beef farmers in business
Chris Satay Chicken
Both love Skiing in the French Alps
The Royal Oak @ Gretton
This Racing Life which gives a wonderful InSite into stables & studs & racing life in general

If you could do anything you wanted right now, what would it be?

To lead in the winner of the Gold Cup with a horse we had bred or at least lead one of our own home breds into the winners enclosure anywhere!!!

What are you most looking forward to?

October when the National Hunt Season gets properly underway & watching our talented grandson Artie hopefully playing sport at the top level
 
 
 
 
 

AUGUST OWNER INTERVIEW - DAVID SHUTTLE

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BACKGROUND – A little bit about yourself (Occupation, where do you live, family etc)


After travelling a little as a young man, I started my own retail business in Beaconsfield. It was a fairly up market venture and the business was very rewarding, I enjoyed it everyday. Now retired, I live in Princes Risborough with my lovely partner Shantha. I have a daughter Lara who was a very good rider and a son Joseph who played a good level at cricket.

How did you first get involved in Racing?

Boxing Day 1965, my parents took me to Kempton Park. My first bet (I was 13) was on Glenn, ridden by Terry Biddlecombe…..it won!

What horses are you/have you been involved with both with Kim and other trainers?

At present I am with “Does he Know” at Kim’s. I have also been involved in “Fizzy Dancer” a most beautiful mare and Desaray a very unlucky horse. I also have an interest in a six year old chaser “Classic Ben” with Stuart Edmonds.

What was your best/funniest experience on a racecourse?

We took my grandfather a racing innocent to Sandown Park. In those days, touts would sell racecards costing a shilling (5p) marked with “the winners”. He cornered my Grandfather who was now overwhelmed and demanded silver, Grandad gave him sixpence (2.5p) and walked off, the touts bottom lip hit the grass.

What is your favourite racecourse/race meeting?

Cheltenham Festival is in a class of its own however, for friendliness at Wetherby takes some beating.

How did you first get involved with Kim?

I always admired Kim’s racing credentials and a mutual friend spoke highly of him so I signed up.

If you were in charge of racing for a day what would you change?

Racing is in the competitive entertainment business – treat your customers to excellence in customer care!

Now away from racing - If you could trade lives with one person for an entire day who would it be and why?

I would wish to be Marcus Evans, the owner of Ipswich Town FC to show a blend of love and hard nosed business. To put the feel good factor back into the club and sense of belonging. Having sad that Frankel has a steady job!


If you could invite any 5 people for dinner who would they be?

My friends say never meet your heroes as you are always let down! My five would be Geoffrey Boycott, Bill Bryson, Diane Keaton, Hilary Benn (as a stand in for his father) and David Mould….an eclectic mix.

Do you have a sweet tooth or a savoury tooth?

Both

What is your favourite food, holiday, restaurant, tv programme?

Any well crafted vegetarian dish. In my opinion New Zealand is the finest country in the World. My favourite restaurant is Champers in Barbados, a lovely setting, good food and kindly serviced, also not pompous like many of its rivals. Best TV programme…University Challenge.

If you could do anything you wanted right now, what would it be?

I want to continue my riding lessons learning to jump, and then ride a racehorse over a couple of fences. Whilst having a six month sojourn on a narrow boat.

What are you most looking forward to?

My family close and extended is very sporty, spending time at Lords with my son or at horse trials with my daughter, Badminton with my partner. I am very lucky, long may it continue.

 

 

 

 

 

JULY OWNER INTERVIEW - TOCKY MCKIE

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BACKGROUND – A little bit about yourself (Occupation, where do you live, family etc)

Ian and I live and farm in Northumberland at the foot of the Cheviot Hills. We have a mixed arable and livestock farm, lots of Luing cows and calves and Romney sheep. Oh, and far too many horses, hunters, point to pointers, brood mares and foals and competition horses. We have two grown up daughters, Jess, who is mad about Eventing and Rose who helps run the office and manages our holiday letting business, www.crookhouse.com We moved north from Buckinghamshire in 2003 to escape from the rat race.

How did you first get involved in Racing?

When I was very little, some of my early memories were of my mother and father going off racing, they had horses in training with Tim Forster, who Kim spent some time with, learning how to muck out properly. Also I vividly remember the mares and foals on the stud, and was brought up with the Sporting Life all over the kitchen table, so I suppose it was inevitable that racing was going to play a big part in my future.

What horses are you/have you been involved with both with Kim and other trainers?

When Kim first took out a licence sometime in the seventies, not quite sure exactly but it was shortly after the war anyway, I was in one of his first syndicates with several of his other girlfriends. So it is exciting to be involved again all these years later with Yeavering Belle, it brings back lots of memories.

What was your best/funniest experience on a racecourse?

I was fortunate enough to train a few winners in the eighties and nineties, one or two at some big meetings. But of late, aged 61, I thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience and the preparation of riding in a charity race at Aintree. I finished a close third, Ian won it needless to say. I well remember, before we were married, Ian and I rode together in a Maiden Point to Point at Kimble. There were 26 runners and I was a long last, and terrified, for most of the way. Ian was having a shocker on his horse and it was just a matter of time before he fell. When he did so, three from home he got kicked a hundred yards from the fence by the other runners. He eventually got up on all fours and was just catching his breath when I came along and knocked him over again, I never heard him swear like that before, completely unnecessary I thought. It was a close run thing that our friendship survived, especially as I got up to win.

What is your favourite racecourse/race meeting?

I have two favourite Racecourses. Towcester, sadly no longer and Kelso, voted Britain’s friendliest racecourse. I was leading trainer at Towcester for several seasons, so it holds a special place. Kelso is such fun, a country racecourse run by sporting people, we were slightly disappointed that Yeavering Belle didn’t make it in May, maybe next season. I love the Goodwood July meeting, more relaxed than Ascot, but still an excuse to dress up, and as much as I try, I can find nothing can better Cheltenham in March, just to see the quality of the horses makes my neck shiver.

How did you first get involved with Kim?

Drinking gin with Ken and Biddy, his parents. They lived just down the road and they were both extremely kind to me and great fun.

If you were in charge of racing for a day what would you change?

In the morning I would take on the BHA as they need to get a grip of regulation. There are so many mixed messages coming through causing unnecessary damage to our sport. They do not appear to take into account the practitioners interests or understand simple horsemanship. As an amateur steward I hear a lot of dissatisfaction from a senior level. British racing is the envy of the world, why do we need to emulate the mundane stuff from the far reaches of the globe. The goodwill is there, I may need a little help from Kim though. In the afternoon I would go to the House of Commons, lobby all the detractors, and not leave until I have secured a deal on the levy to guarantee the future of racing. Oh, and I would tell the RSPCA to go and ……. themselves, our poor queen.

Now away from racing - If you could trade lives with one person for an entire day who would it be and why?

It would probably be a sports star, maybe Joanna Conte or someone like her. Just to be so fit and in the zone, working out how to get the edge and understand the mental strength. It would only be for a day though, I would need a strong gin by the evening.

If you could invite any 5 people for dinner who would they be?

Rod Stewart for a little light entertainment during and after dinner, the Princess Royal for her straight forward approach, Boris Johnson to discover what he is really thinking,  Alastair Down for his in-depth knowledge of the wine list and Jeremy Clarkson for his calming influence.

Do you have a sweet tooth or a savoury tooth?

I am afraid the sweeter the better.

What is your favourite food, holiday, restaurant, tv programme?

Anything with a baked potato goes down very well, simple food, nothing too rich. Mallorca with the family is still a favourite, even after all these years, but the Maldives, just to put the feet up, is hard to beat, and the beeches of the West Coast of Scotland for taking the dogs. The Platja Mar, Formentor, Mallorca, a real treat, they cook fresh fish straight in front of you. You cannot beat Sunday lunch at the Dunraven Arms and for a night on the town Quaglinos has everything. I usually fall asleep after about ten minutes of the television being switched on. I did manage to stay awake during Killing Eve so it must have been good.

If you could do anything you wanted right now, what would it be?

Just right at this moment I could think of nothing better than a long soak in a hot bath.

What are you most looking forward to?

To see Jess ride around Badminton would be a dream, I am not sure if I could actually watch though, and it has been a long time since I led in a winner at Cheltenham. 
 
 
 
 
 
 

JUNE OWNER INTERVIEW - LOUIS GILL

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BACKGROUND - A little bit about yourself (Occupation, where do you live, family etc.)

I run a video production and photography company (The Cotswold Film Company) with my friend Pete. I live in Cheltenham with my girlfriend Emily, she is slowly getting into racing although isn’t happy when I order framed photographs of horses for our house!

The business is also based in Cheltenham, although the beauty of the video Industry is that you end up working in many different locations. My family live locally and my brother now helps me with video projects. The love of being behind a camera came from my father; he is a very talented photographer. I don’t come from a racing background but have definitely given my mum the racing bug; we go to Cheltenham and Royal Ascot together every year.

How did you first get involved in racing?

My love for racing really stems back to the Cheltenham Festival. Being from Cheltenham I loved the way the town transformed for that one week in March. My family were not into racing although did watch the Gold Cup. I was always curious about the buzz that surrounded the Cheltenham Festival and had to discover what it was all about. I’d buy the Racing Post on the way to school and highlight all of the horses that I thought would win. Eventually I started going every year, my teachers would joke that ‘Louis is ill that week’, no questions asked! A few years on and I wanted to combine my interests, I wanted to start filming and photographing racehorses and this would eventually lead on to getting involved with racehorse ownership.

What horses are you/have you been involved in both with Kim and other trainers?

I have a share in Mergeela with Kim. Mergeela provided me with my first winner on a racecourse, a night that I’ll never forget. I also have shares in three point to pointers in training with Max Comley. They are Knockaderry Flyer, Cloudy Joker and Bitofblinding. They all run for ‘The Jump On Board Partnership’, a new syndicate that I help manage. I also used to have a share in a horse with Richard Phillips called Tangley.

What was your best/funniest experience on a racecourse?

There are too many to choose from although a few stand out. Having my first runner at Cheltenham at the hunter chase night this year would be one of them and feeling so proud of the horse (Knockaderry Flyer). The best though has to be my first winner, when Mergeela won at Wincanton we all had a pleasant surprise. Walking back to the winners’ enclosure in an empty racecourse with my friend Cam. We were all laughing in disbelief but also really happy that she’d left her first two runs behind. Sometimes it’s the little stories in racing that mean the most.

What is your favourite racecourse/race meeting?

Cheltenham on that special week in March, it’s one of the greatest sporting spectacles. I am a fan of Warwick racecourse as well and always have a good day out there.

How did you get involved with Kim?

As mentioned above, I really wanted to combine my two big passions in life, video production and horse racing. I contacted Kim with the idea of making a documentary back in 2015, he kindly invited us to the yard and we started talking through ideas. Kim brought up the issue of staff shortages in the racing industry and we decided to make a video that would help show what goes on behind the scenes of a racing yard (Racing Stories - Life At The Yard). We followed a number of Kim’s staff doing their daily routine, they also narrated the documentary. Kim has a fantastic online presence and that original documentary really helped kickstart us to make many more films in racing. In the future we are planning to launch a production company specifically for the equine industries. When we first came to Thorndale Farm I said to the crew that one day I’d love to have a horse with Kim, never did I think that four years later I’d have a winner!

If you were in charge of racing for a day, what would you change?

Prize money, I think there needs to be a bigger incentive to get new owners into the sport and more importantly to keep current owners in the game. This has to start from the bottom up. The prize money effects field sizes which then lead to small attendance levels at the smaller racecourses. Owning a racehorse is brilliant fun, the memories made from it are far more important than any prize money won, however seeing a bigger ROI would definitely be a good thing for owners!

Away from racing - If you could trade lives with one person for an entire day who would it be and why?  

Rick Stein. Then I’d spend the whole day cooking myself lovely food!

If you could invite any 5 people for dinner who would they be?

I think I’d reunite 5 of my friends. I could think of an endless list of celebrities but how often is it that you can catch up with your 5 best mates all at once?

Do you have a sweet tooth or savoury tooth?

Savoury.

What is your favourite food, holiday, restaurant, TV programme?

I like French food, especially seafood. There is a lovely French restaurant in Cheltenham called ‘Petit Coco’, me and my girlfriend really enjoy eating there. I actually love France for a holiday destination too, good food/wine and some stunning coastline.

I don’t watch a lot of TV; in fact I only ever watch live sport and the news. Maybe being behind a camera and editing screen so much makes it hard for me to watch TV?

If you could do anything right now, what would it be?

I’d play 18 holes at Augusta National!

What are you most looking forward to?

I’m looking forward to trying to expand The Cotswold Film Company; we’re always looking at new technologies and ways to develop. I also look forward to the journey with all of my current horses and hope for many more good days out!


 

 

 

MAY OWNER INTERVIEW - MARK & MARION HUDSON

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BACKGROUND – A little bit about yourself (Occupation, where do you live, family etc)

We met through politics in the late 1990’s and moved to rural Kent in 2006, complete with dogs and the children’s hunters.  Marion retired from farming and politics then, whilst Mark worked in the City before moving in 2018 to work for an Investment Bank in Abu Dhabi where he lives.  Marion travels between the two and Mark flies back for race meetings when he is able to, and to see his beloved dogs!  We have three children (Charles, Lucinda and Ellie, all of whom love racing) and three young grandchildren (Harry, Daisy and Verity).

How did you first get involved in Racing?
BOTH: Marion has always ridden and the three children grew up ‘Pony Clubbing’ and hunting with the West Norfolk. Mark is far too uncoordinated to be able to ride and instead regularly donated to various bookmakers’ retirement funds over the years.

What horses are you/have you been involved with both with Kim and other trainers?

BOTH: With Kim: Milord, Sunblazer, Un Ace, Younevercall, Bandon Roc and, most recently, Espoir de Romay courtesy of our friends, the formidable Foreman sisters.

We were also previously in two of Amanda Skiffington’s syndicates with Nidnod and Magical Path, trained by Hugo Palmer.

What was your best/funniest experience on a racecourse?

BOTH: We are very fortunate to have had a few.  Within four months of racehorse ownership, Milord came 4th in the Fred Winter at the Cheltenham Festival.  We made so much noise in the O&T stand that people were taking pictures.  Then A.P McCoy rode Un Ace as his last ever winner at Ascot in the Waitrose Novice Handicap Chase in 2015: we have watched that race once or twice and still cannot believe that the horse won.  Last week, on Champions Day, Younevercall won the Betfair365 Grade 2 Select Hurdle at Sandown in some style.

Daughter Lucinda warming her hands under Willie Mullins’s waistcoat at Ascot one year is also of note.

What is your favourite racecourse/race meeting?

BOTH: The Open Meeting at Cheltenham in November - a big picnic in the car park with family and friends followed by excellent racing.

How did you first get involved with Kim?

BOTH: Mark was introduced to Kim by a friend at the 2011 Open Meeting at Cheltenham.  A large glass of red was immediately proffered, and Mark came back to Marion informing her that they were going to look at a horse at Andoversford the following day. That horse was Milord and that was it!  We have loved every minute of it and would never have horses with anyone else.

If you were in charge of racing for a day what would you change?

Mark: probably the prize money.  There are so many syndicates and partnerships now that I do worry about the long term viability of some lovely smaller courses without encouraging more owners.

Marion: extend the break between the end of one season and the start of the next, to give not just the horses, but all of the staff, a breather.

Now away from racing - If you could trade lives with one person for an entire day who would it be and why?

Mark: Theresa May – to show her that it’s not that bloody difficult.

Marion: The writer of The Archers.

If you could invite any 5 people for dinner who would they be?

Mark: Margaret Thatcher, Ronald Reagan, Roger Moore, Kim Bailey and my darling wife.

Marion: Assuming it’s a joint dinner party with my husband - The Princess Royal, Jilly Cooper, David Hockney, William Hague and Nancy Mitford.

Do you have a sweet tooth or a savoury tooth?

Mark: savoury – Buck’s Club Welsh rarebit

Marion: Chocolate!  Enough said.

What is your favourite food, holiday, restaurant, tv programme?

Mark: A cooked breakfast / African safari (for my 50th in 2020) / The Sportsman or Wiltons / Millennium – a late 1990s spin off of The X Files that no one will have heard of.

Marion: Fish (esp. sea bream) / Italy (esp. Florence) / The Sportsman in Seasalter, Kent / Endeavour

If you could do anything you wanted right now, what would it be?

Mark: Be with my three dogs……and, of course, Mrs H.

Marion: Fly in a TARDIS to Abu Dhabi to be with Mark

What are you most looking forward to?

BOTH: Brexit
 
 
 
 
 

APRIL OWNER INTERVIEW - JOHN & SUSIE KOTTLER

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BACKGROUND - A little bit about yourself (Occupation, where do you live, family etc)

We both grew up in Northamptonshire, and vaguely knew each other as children. We've been married since 1962, spent a few years in Northern Ireland but have lived in Worcestershire since 1966, bringing up our four daughters with their ponies, guinea pigs, cats, racing pigeons, a jackdaw, and a fine terrier of uncertain pedigree whom they named “Bruvvver” and humanised practically to the point of basic conversation.

How did you first get involved in Racing?

J: From a very early age being taken by my parents to meetings at our lovely local NH course at Towcester.  At the age of 16 I was made (unofficial) school bookie. Turf accountancy didn't really come into it; I made my own odds, very dangerously offering extremely high prices on what I thought were no-hopers.  I somehow survived, but had M'as Tu Vu won the 1956 Grand National, I would have had to have disappeared for a long time.  I had enticed people to back him at 200/1, versus the market odds of 40/1.  (He mercifully failed to finish the race).


S: I was a member of the Pytchley Hunt Pony Club, and I have many happy memories of the Pytchley point to point at Guilsborough.

What horses are you/have you been involved with both with Kim and other trainers?

We've had interests in a few horses over the years, but the first horse we owned outright was Fed on Oats. He was a hurdler trained by David Nicholson, who won a few races and gave us a lot of fun.   We also have Charlottes Webb owned jointly with our daughter Emma, and a number of her offspring including of course Sea Story with Kim who won a couple of bumpers last year.

What was your best/funniest experience on a racecourse?

Impossible to choose the best between Arkle's third Gold Cup, Sea Bird in the Arc and Frankel in the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot; and Alleged when he won the Arc for the 2nd time, in a hack canter. With regard to this last race, when we arrived in Paris on the Saturday evening (1978) it was pouring. The local evening press decided that the very soft going would ruin Alleged’s chances, and its odds lengthened accordingly but with extremely good fortune we encountered the incomparable triumvirate of Vincent O’Brien, Tommy Stack, and Lester Piggott staying in the same little hotel as us; I asked them if Alleged would cope with the ground, and they assured me that he would love it; our winnings covered the cost of our trip. 

Numerous funny incidents of course but one that sticks in our mind is years ago travelling home from the Arc with a friend who struggled to understand the difference between imperial and decimal measurement and at huge cost found himself taking home for his wife a truly colossal container of Chanel No 9 which having ordered and had gift-wrapped he felt he couldn’t refuse to pay for. We think she must be still going strong on it after 40 years.

What is your favourite racecourse/race meeting?

Obviously our local course Cheltenham, but also magnifique Longchamp and wonderful Newmarket. As you scan the racecourse and the surrounding area at Newmarket, we always feel that you sense the history of the sport. We think it is a most special place.

How did you first get involved with Kim?

One visit to Kim’s yard was enough to make us decide to send our horse to him. A good decision.

If you were in charge of racing for a day what would you change?

J: I would have all betting done through the Tote, as in France, in order to put an end to all the bookies’ horrible telly adverts. The mute button is the most used on our remote.

S: I’m very happy with things as they are!

Now away from racing - If you could trade lives with one person for an entire day who would it be and why?

S: No-one I can think of!

J: The world's Number One golfer.

If you could invite any 5 people for dinner who would they be

S: John Betjeman, Hillaire Belloc and my three best school friends.


J: T.E. Lawrence, Winston Churchill, Marilyn Monroe, Gina Lollobrigida and Sofia Loren. We'd all have a lot to talk about.

Do you have a sweet tooth or a savoury tooth?


S: savoury
J: sweet (Jack Sprat)


What is your favourite food, holiday, restaurant, tv programme?

S: I like holidays in the sun.

J: Holidays on Scottish rivers where the food is the best.   Cape Town in wintertime.

Both: We like Caraffini, Le Colombier, and Boisdale, all in London.   Our 2 favourite TV programmes are both highly intellectual: University Challenge and Dad’s Army.


If you could do anything you wanted right now, what would it be?

J: I'd like to find a miracle cure for my dreadful putting.

S: I'd like to go on a lovely relaxing holiday in the sun.

What are you most looking forward to?

J: See above

S: Sea Story racing in the autumn.

 

 

 

 

 

MARCH OWNER INTERVIEW - EMMA BUCHANAN

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BACKGROUND - A little bit about yourself (Occupation, where do you live, family etc)

I'm married to Alexander (Lander to most people) and we have two sons and a daughter (Rory 26, Johnnie 25 and Saphy 19) who are still very demanding on my time even though they are no longer at home.  They put this down to my need to meddle.  I meddle, or at least dabble, in various other things that keep me busy and interested.  Home is in a village near Wantage. I own Sea Story jointly with my parents, John and Susie Kottler.

How did you first get involved in Racing?

I started gambling as a very small child.  I'm joking really, but my father used to get me to call the bookies and place his bets so he wouldn't miss the TV coverage.  Mum and Dad always went to Cheltenham with their friends, and took me and my three sisters, Polly, Sarah and Lulu, often crammed into a sports car, not remotely suitable for a family of six.  We all loved the routine and tension of a race day, which invariably started with missing the first race because of the "bloody traffic" and ended long after the last race, stopping outside Cheltenham to pick up fish and chips to take home in newspaper.  The racing itself had us all transfixed as children, and we carefully scrutinised every horse from a knee height view in the paddock before standing on tiptoe at the Tote to place a 30p bet.  We'd say solemnly "It's for my father", whilst pointing to the stranger behind us in the queue, and it usually worked.  

What horses are you/have you been involved with both with Kim and other trainers?

My first horse was about 15 years ago, owned jointly with Mum and Polly, a novice hurdler called Dash for Cover with Jonathan Portman, who gave us some fun but retired early through injury, the horse not Jonny.  A couple of years later Henrietta Knight phoned Polly and said she'd found a promising mare in Ireland that would make a nice broodmare one day, so the three of us bought her and she ran in our colours with Hen, and then with Tor Sturgis.  Breeding was the last thing I wanted to get involved in back then, but as it turns out, I love this other dimension to racing, and here we are with her sixth foal due in May.  Sea Story is her second foal, and is the first in training with Kim for me and my parents.

What was your best/funniest experience on a racecourse?

My favourite moment was Sea Story winning a bumper at Ludlow, because when you breed a horse, I think you long for a moment of justification, but being at Ascot for Frankel's last race was fabulous too.  There go Frankel and Sea Story being mentioned in the same sentence again!

What is your favourite racecourse/race meeting?

Cheltenham has it all and nothing beats the first day of the Festival.  Naturally I'm also a fan of Ludlow now.  
 
How did you first get involved with Kim?

When Sea Story was in pre-training with Willie and Mandy Bryan we asked them who was particularly good with mares.  They suggested a few, but of those it was Kim we saw first, and there was no need to look elsewhere as we immediately liked the whole atmosphere of the yard, the way they do things and the level of communication with owners. And Kim's blog!


If you were in charge of racing for a day what would you change?

I'd arrange discounted or free entry to racecourses for the under-25s; Lots of them can't afford it.

Now away from racing - If you could trade lives with one person for an entire day who would it be and why?

Theresa May, so that I could have a big Cabinet reshuffle.  

Failing that, my daughter as she's on her gap year in South East Asia.

If you could invite any 5 people for dinner who would they be?

Joanna Lumley, Jeremy Paxman, James Dyson, Peter Crouch and I suppose if we had his wife, Abbey Clancy, too it would keep Lander happy.  Lander loves ballroom dancing.   I'm exaggerating, but he was glued to Strictly week in, week out, when Abbey Clancy was on and talked of little else at the time.
 
Do you have a sweet tooth or a savoury tooth?

Both!

What is your favourite food, holiday, restaurant, tv programme?

Food: I love any food that's freshly made with good ingredients, and it doesn't have to be complicated.  Really good buffalo mozzarella and very ripe tomatoes can be perfection.

Holiday: Family holidays, with friends too, that involve being out all day, like skiing or stalking / fishing and reconvening for supper and late nights.

Restaurant: Atmosphere is as important as food.  I love Cecconi's (Burlington Gardens) where the food is fab and the green chairs and bar stools were designed by my sister, Lulu about 15 years ago.  If we want a restaurant where we can get stuck in, Boisdale of Belgravia is a favourite with wonderful fresh Scottish food, great service, live music and a cigar terrace.

TV:  Killing Eve was the best thing I saw last year.  ITV Racing and University Challenge are weekly fixtures.

If you could do anything you wanted right now, what would it be?

I'd love to go and spend three to six months in another country.  No offence to anyone!

What are you most looking forward to?

The Festival.  Politics returning to normal.  Friends coming to stay next weekend.  Liverpool winning the Premier League. The Spey in May.  

 

 

 

 

 

FEBRUARY OWNER INTERVIEW - COLIN STEWART

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BACKGROUND – A little bit about yourself (Occupation, where do you live, family etc)


A retired schoolmaster, I taught economics for 41 years at Bloxham School and was a housemaster there for 18 years. I am single and have been retired for 7 years, but still live in
Bloxham.

How did you first get involved in Racing?

An uncle and aunt persuaded me to visit Peter Harris's stables in 1998, where they were involved in partnerships. One of the partnership managers there was a certain Peter Kerr. I bought a share in a two year old and have never been without a share in a horse since. It was a wonderful way of escaping the intense boarding school bubble that I lived in.
 
What horses are you/have you been involved with both with Kim and other trainers
 
I was involved with half a dozen horses on the flat with Peter Harris then Walter Swinburne. Since moving to Kim I have been involved with Lion on the Prowl, Silver Eagle, Mor Brook, Sunblazer, Younevercall and Vinndication. I am one lucky owner - all six have won races.
 
What was your best/funniest experience on a racecourse?
 
I love the adrenalin rush every time any of my horses runs and have had many excellent days at the races. But undoubtedly the best was last November at Kempton, when I first watched David Bass win on Vinndication at Carlisle, on the big screen, then saw Mikey Hamill ride Younevercall to a comfortable victory at Kempton. This was followed by protracted celebrations with the rest of the excellent "Youneverknow" partnership
 
What is your favourite racecourse/race meeting?
 
I am a member at Newbury which I think is an excellent course for both jumps and flat racing and I love the Royal meeting at Ascot. But above all I love the wonderful variety of race tracks you get in the UK. It's often quite an adventure following your horse to the likes of Cartmel, Perth or Market Rasen.
 
How did you first get involved with Kim?
 
Peter Kerr is to blame. He suggested coming to an open day at Kim's. I was bowled over by the welcome and friendliness of Kim and the staff. I also couldn't resist what I thought was probably my last chance to buy a progeny of Saddlers Wells in Lion on the Prowl.
 
If you were in charge of racing for a day what would you change?
 
The prize money
 
Now away from racing - If you could trade lives with one person for an entire day who would it be and why?
 
I think it would be David Attenborough - I love travelling and am envious of the extraordinary experiences he has had in many of the less accessible places in the world.
 
If you could invite any 5 people for dinner who would they be?
 
I would invite any five people who would be guaranteed to listen with enthusiasm to my ramblings on subjects such as: my recent travels, horse racing, politics, economics, education etc. etc. Unfortunately I doubt such people exist. In fact it's probably just as well.
 
Do you have a sweet tooth or a savoury tooth?
 
Both unfortunately - I'm an inveterate 'nibbler'.
 
What is your favourite food, holiday, restaurant, tv programme?
 
I love curries, but they have to be authentic Indian - I love Southern India. This gives the clue to my favourite holiday - travelling in India - sights, sounds, smells and wonderful people.
I will watch any sport on television, (I recently found myself riveted by a game of ladies' netball.)
 
If you could do anything you wanted right now, what would it be?
 
Flying (first class) to South America. (My current project is travelling the Andes.)
 
What are you most looking forward to?
 
Vinndication running at Cheltenham. (What dreams are made of!)
 
 
 
 
 

JANUARY OWNER INTERVIEW - JOHN & LAURA GARRETT

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Background - A little bit about yourself....

We have been married for 50 years. We bought our own garage/repair business in Kington, Thornbury in 1972 and retired in 2007. We worked in the business together for 35years and moved to Maismore, Gloucester in 2007.

How did you first get involved in racing?
 
We joined a syndicate which was being put together in Dick Baimbridge's point-to-point yard at Hill, Berkely, approximately 30 years ago; the horse being Autumn Green. In our opinion, our best horse was Titmus Bramble who took us to many places and won the Weatherbys Chase P.P.O.R.A Young Horse Award West Midlands Area in 2004.
 
What horses are you/have you been involved with both with Kim and other trainers?
 
We currently have shares in Another Venture, Red River, Commodore Barry, Pond Road, Lord Apparelli and the latest in Adjourned.
 
What was your best/funniest experience on a racecourse?
 
Going to Killarney Races with several hundred racegoers going towards the entrance, and a gentleman running towards us arms out stretched, grabbed my hand and pushed two tickets into it and ran off as quick as he came without a word being said. I thought I was being mugged!
 
Which is your favourite racecourse/race meeting?
 
Cheltenham - Not the Festival though
 
How did you first get involved with Kim?
 
Reading an article in the local paper about Another Venture and the Maggies charity, there were some shares available and we wanted to get involved.
 
If you were in charge if racing for a day what would you change?
 
Making the owners and trainers rooms larger because they have not really taken into account that more horses are being syndicated these days.
 
Now away from racing - If you could trade lives with one person for an entire day who would it be and why?
 
Alan Titmarsh - For his gardening knowledge, not for his wife!
 
If you could invite any five people for dinner who would they be?
 
Kim Bailey
Felix Francis
Michael McIntyre
A.P. McCoy
Clare Balding
 
Do you have a sweet or savoury tooth?
 
Sweet
 
What is your favourite food, holiday, restaurant and TV programme?
 
Roast Duck, Ireland, Ronnie's in Thornbury or North 5 in Winchcombe, Most sport programmes
 
If you could do anything you wanted right now, what would it be?
 
Having had a visit before, i would enjoy a further look around Aidan O'Brien's facilities.
 
What are you most looking forward to?
 
Having a Gold Cup winner!
 
 
 
 
 

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18-10-2019 09:45:54 in General by Admin
Plus 7 and dry when driving in. David Bass was in to ride out a couple of lots. Christopher Hill was here third lot to see his KBRP horses Vinndication and Arthurs Sixpence. Peter Jones was also here to see his KBRP mare Yeavering Belle. Peter had also come to see our new leased horse.. Please email Peter Kerr if you too would like some info.. Kim being in the air he will have missed the big...

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