JUNE OWNER INTERVIEW - ROBERT & NICOLA BAILLIE

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BACKGROUND – A little bit about yourself (Occupation, where do you live, family etc)
 
We live and farm in rural Lincolnshire and our business makes haylage for horses under the name Baillie Haylage. We supply a number of trainers, mainly in the in Newmarket area, private individuals and about 170 retail shops. We have 4 children between us and 5 grandchildren.
 
We play golf, tennis and ski and as we gave up riding last year we have decided to increase our interest in racing.

 

How did you first get involved in Racing
Robert has been a point to point steward for many years, and we became members of The Cheltenham Business Club about 20 years ago. We then became Cheltenham Full Members.
 
As we supplied more haylage into racing yards we became more interested and then involved
 
What horses are you/have you been involved with both with Kim and other trainers
Nicola joined The Cheltenham syndicate in 2018 and so was involved with the following horses:
Carolines Charm, Neil Mulholland
Diamond river, Nicky Henderson
Doc Picked Me Harry Wittington
Hes No Trouble Kim Bailey/Fergal O’Brien
Marton Abbey Kim Bailey
Robert and Nicola are in KBR syndicates with
Tantoli
Magical Escape
 
What was your best/funniest experience on a racecourse?
11th March 2009 Cheltenham Fred Winter Juvenile Novices Handicap Hurdle
Silk Affair won the race trained by Michael Quinlan, he was a Newmarket trainer. We knew him quite well as he was living with a good friend of ours at the time (Barbara Haynes)
As Silk Affair rounded the bend, she was going well and Robert said to Michael ‘Will she come up the hill?’
Michael replied, in his very Irish accent, ‘She’ll come up the hill!’
And she did!! She won!!
Lots of Quinlans, Haynes and Kirkbys screaming on the lawn at Cheltenham – and a great party in the car park afterwards!
 
What is your favourite racecourse/race meeting?
Must be Cheltenham. Queen Mother Day
 
How did you first get involved with Kim?
Through the Cheltenham Syndicate
 
If you were in charge of racing for a day what would you change?
We have thought long and hard about this, and couldn’t think of anything dramatic apart from not having queues for drinks or loos. Limiting the day to 6 races and banning people being outside designated areas with bottles and glasses
 
Now away from racing - If you could trade lives with one person for an entire day who would it be and why?
Robert would like to be Franz Klammer in his prime. He would love to experience the thrill of downhill racing. Franz had an appealing dare devil approach and apparently he now plays golf!
Nicola would like to be Sarah Burton (fashion designer) who would you meet? And how would you dress them?
 
If you could invite any 5 people for dinner who would they be?
Jeremy Clarkson, Francesca Cumani, Princess Anne, Fiona Bruce and of course Kim Bailey
 
Do you have a sweet tooth or a savoury tooth?
Savoury
We particularly like Cheltenham picnic food !(with a glass of champagne!)
 
What is your favourite food, holiday, restaurant, tv programme?
We both love shellfish, holidays anywhere in Italy.
Favourite restaurant Caraffini, 61-63 Lower Sloane Street, London
We cant watch TV at the moment due to the fact that the ceiling in the sitting room has fallen in on top of the TV (Due to a leaking bath in the room above!)
However we do watch Morning Line and Rick Steins programmes in the kitchen!
 
If you could do anything you wanted right now, what would it be?
Just go on holiday—to either Italy or Ireland (The Dunraven Arms is where we had our wedding reception)
 
What are you most looking forward to?
The start of the winter jumping season. Looking forward to seeing our young horses running in the future
 
 
 
 
 
 

APRIL OWNER INTERVIEW - PETER JONES

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

I left school and worked for the Royal Mail (back then it was the G.P.O) but for the last 23years I have worked as a self employed Taxi driver. Great flexibility which allows me time for racing and golf. I was born and still live in Bristol and have a son and daughter, Stacey (30), Jason (27).

 

How did you first get involved in Racing?

My family did not come from any horse background but my Dad loved having a punt and would often take me to the local tracks when I was younger; Bath, Chepstow and Wincanton. I can clearly remember being in awe of some of the jockeys, Mercer, Carson, Starkey, Francombe.

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

This is my first involvement with horse ownership. With Kim I have been involved with Dansant Express who moved on, Wild Presentation (youngster) and Yeavering Belle (5 wins from 11 races) who I feel fortunate to have had so much fun with this little superstar. 

What was your best/funniest experience on a racecourse?

My best experience has to be split between Yeavering Belle winning first time out in a bumper at Warwick and the time she came third in a bumper at Cheltenham. The times I spent on those Cheltenham steps looking at that hallowed parade ring dreaming of being on the other side of the rails; Dreams do come true!

What is your favourite racecourse/race meeting?

Favourite racecourse has to be York, I really do enjoy the smaller tracks like Stratford, Ludlow, Newton Abbott to name a few. Favourite meeting has to be the Cheltenham Festival by a country mile although I did go to the Dublin Racing Festival last year, cracking racing well worth a visit. 

How did you first get involved with Kim?

I accompanied a good friend of mine for a morning on the gallops, we had a great morning with Kim telling us some past stories which finished with a talk with a great salesman who goes by the name of Peter Kerr. Well you all know what happened next! Jokes aside, getting involved with the outstanding team at Thorndale Farm has been all a syndicate member could have wished for, not a moment to regret. 

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

I would like to see better prize money for lower class races and less meetings to make racing more competitive.

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

Prime Minister - to see what really goes on behind No10

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

Frankie Dettori, Tim Peake, Matt Chapman, Sir David Attenborough, Sir Trevor McDonald

Do you have a sweet tooth or a savoury tooth?

Both - Not much I won't eat!

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

Food - Steak just edges out a good Curry

Holiday - Las Vegas but Spain and Portugal for Golf

Restaurant - Ashville Steak House in Bristol

TV Programme - Anything with a bat, bowl or four legs

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

I would love to be the next person in line as an astronaut for a trip to space

What are you most looking forward to?

The World getting back to some form of normality; racedays, golfing trips, socialising

Wild Presentations first run on the track

Yeavering Belle going over fences

 

 

 

 

 

 

FEBRUARY OWNER INTERVIEW - CAROLINE SWIRE

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BACKGROUND – A little bit about yourself (Occupation, where do you live, family etc)
I live in the house Glen and I moved to in 2007, in a village near Uckfield, East Sussex. We’ve lived in the parish for over 40years, so I have lots of friends in the area and my two daughters and their families live in Surrey and Hampshire so not too far away.
 
 
How did you first get involved in Racing?
Through my father Rodney Burges who first had point-to-pointers. Larkhill was our local course when we were stationed in that area for several years. He then graduated to chasers with Peter Bailey. When Peter retired in 1991, my father took his horses to Kim. He shared with other gunners. My husband Glen was passionate about racing, mainly on the flat (which my father hated), he had shares in flat horses since 1986, so I became very involved from the day we got married. Glen eventually came round to jumping and from 1992 had his first share in a horse with my father in Richville.
 
What horses are you/have you been involved with both with Kim and other trainers
With Kim I had shares with Glen in Buffalo Bob, Gallery Exhibition who both won five times and Un Ace who won four. I have since had shares in Red River who won twice and Commodore Barry who has so far won four races, I am now the proud owner of Grey Flint who I hope to have some fun with over the summer. Glen has had shares in horses with several other trainers, the most successful of those were on the flat with Gerald Cottrell and then Hughie Morrison; his star horse being Pastoral Pursuits who won the July Cup. I myself had shares with Glen in Solfilia, Baltic Brave and Daybreak who were trained by Hughie and managed to all win races.
I also have a share in Neff, a hurdler trained by Gary Moore, with the Past the Post syndicate (a retired stewards' club of which I am a member, thanks to Glen).
 
What was your best/funniest experience on a racecourse?
When Richville won and my father, in his excitement kissed Kim, who said he had never been kissed by a General before!
 
What is your favourite racecourse/race meeting?
Difficult to choose between Newbury (maybe before all the recent changes) and Sandown. Plumpton is also a lovely little local course where Glen Stewarded for several years. Ascot and Goodwood are great too.
 
If you were in charge of racing for a day what would you change?
I would remove the drunken, yobbish behaviour.
 
Now away from racing - If you could trade lives with one person for an entire day who would it be and why?
Either a World class pianist or artist so that I could experience either of those skills/talents for a day
 
If you could invite any 5 people for dinner who would they be?
Sir David Attenborough, Captain Sir Tom Moore, Prince Charles, Dame Judi Dench and Pam Ayres – This is off the top of my head and could be completely different tomorrow.
 
Do you have a sweet tooth or a savoury tooth?
Both
 
What is your favourite food, holiday, restaurant, tv programme?
Can’t specify a favourite food as I like so many! Easier to say what I don’t like and that’s hot chilli, hot curries and anything aniseed-ish.
Holiday would have to staying in a boutique hotel in an interesting European city/town for a few days or a river/sea cruise; obviously when there are no viruses around!
Favourite restaurant would be Gravetye Manor near East Grinstead
Like all of us, I have been watching so much on tv recently and it’s very difficult to choose, the most recent Netflix ones would be The Queen’s Gambit, Emily in Paris, The Undoing. On normal TV I enjoy watching Mastermind and University Challenge to see if I can geta few questions right.
 
If you could do anything you wanted right now, what would it be?
See my daughters and families and give them all a hug.
 
What are you most looking forward to?
Like everyone, being out of lockdown and being able to have lunch/supper with friends and stay with my daughters.
 
 
 
 
 

DECEMBER OWNER INTERVIEW - GWEN MEACHAM

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BACKGROUND – A little bit about yourself (Occupation, where do you live, family etc)
My family have always lived in Warwickshire and have always been closely involved with horses; Show Jumping, Eventing and now Racing.
 
How did you first get involved in Racing?
My earliest memory of racing was at the North Warwickshire Point to Point. The Grand National was broadcast over the radio to all racegoers and when Devon Loch came up the straight in the lead all the men threw their Bowler hats in the air cheering the Queen Mother’s horse. Then the hush and announcement that ESB had won, even louder cheers. ESB was owned by Len Carver a member of the North Warwickshire hunt.
 
What horses are you/have you been involved with both with Kim and other trainers
Henrietta Knight bought me a mare, Awesome Aunt, to race and breed from. She won a bumper, a hurdle and a chase and then bred 4 foals who all won. Now I’ve got Yesandno with Kim and shares with Gerard Mentor and Voyburg. Hopes are high.
 
What was your best/funniest experience on a racecourse
Awesome Aunt’s 1st foal, Awesome George, (trained successfully by Alan King) gave me the most exciting moment when he came up the Cheltenham hill in the lead on New Year’s Day and stayed there. Incidentally it was the 1st race of 2009 in England and his brother, Awesome Freddie, won the last race of 2009, a Bumper at Warwick.
 
What is your favourite racecourse/race meeting?
It would have to be the Cheltenham Festival
 
How did you first get involved with Kim?
I asked John Perris’ advice about sending Yesandno Point to Pointing and he said forget that idea, send him to Kim. I did and haven’t regretted my decision.
 
If you were in charge of racing for a day what would you change?
I’m happy with racing how it is.
 

Now away from racing - If you could trade lives with one person for an entire day who would it be and why?Henrietta Knight. To be as knowledgeable as her and command such respect would be great. She also managed to marry the 1950ish pin up jockey!!!!!

If you could invite any 5 people for dinner who would they be?
Johnny Weatherby, (might be able to borrow more money for more horses!!) Hen, Jessica Harrington, Kim and John Perris.
 
Do you have a sweet tooth or a savoury tooth?
Sweet
 
What is your favourite food, holiday, restaurant, tv programme?
Almond Croissant for breakfast.Fresh Fish absolute favourite

I need sea or snow.

Channel 426 and 415. 

If you could do anything you wanted right now, what would it be?
Delivery of Fish and Chips with a bottle of Chablis.
 
What are you most looking forward to?
Hoping all my horses run well.  
 
 
 
 
 
 

OCTOBER OWNER INTERVIEW - WARREN BOLTON

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BACKGROUND – A little bit about yourself (Occupation, where do you live, family etc)
Director – Keon Homes Ltd – running a new affordable housing form
Live in Aldridge, West Midlands
Wife – Victoria
Children, 2 girls – Cesca (5) and Charley (3)
Extended family love horse racing too.
 
 
 
How did you first get involved in Racing?
Have a read of the of the note attached. I got in to racing following some early aged visits to Cheltenham with my dad.  I enjoyed from then on in.
 
What horses are you/have you been involved with both with Kim and other trainers
I have shares with Balleticon, Donnie Brasco and Gallante De Romay
 
What was your best/funniest experience on a racecourse?
One of my best racecourse events was going to the Derby, we had a great time in our top hats, had our biggest ever betting win on St Nicholas Abbey too.
 
My funniest day out was at Doncaster recently when I noticed my rather intoxicated friend (Matthew Dove) was sitting on a huge model horse (I will show you pictures at some point).
 
What is your favourite racecourse/race meeting?
Although I much prefer jump racing, I love Royal Ascot, we have memberships in the royal enclosure and entertain friends / work colleagues. 
 
How did you first get involved with Kim?
I attended a breakfast visit and Peter conned me into a share of Balleticon.
 
If you were in charge of racing for a day what would you change?
When the weather / ground allows, I would love to see more meetings where both jump and flat racing were presented.  Maybe longer meetings with 10 races.
 
Now away from racing - If you could trade lives with one person for an entire day who would it be and why?
I would have to change places with my wife for a day, that would be interesting.
 
If you could invite any 5 people for dinner who would they be?
That’s a tough question, not a clue.
 
Do you have a sweet tooth or a savoury tooth?
Sweet tooth all day long.
 
What is your favourite food, holiday, restaurant, tv programme?
I love a good curry and my favourite restaurant is Asha’s in Birmingham.
Our family love Dubai for our holidays.
I do not watch much TV, just sport really.
 
If you could do anything you wanted right now, what would it be?
I would take my kids to Disney Land; we had a holiday booked this year that was cancelled for obvious reasons.
 
What are you most looking forward to?
That is a stupid question…. I’m awaiting my first race winner and a big day out at a big course.
 
 
 
 
 

AUGUST OWNER INTERVIEW - IAN BROTHERTON

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

I’m an accountant/FD living in Gloucester. Originally from St Helens. I’m married to Joanna and have 2 children, Rebecca (10) and Harry (8)

 

How did you first get involved in Racing?
I found an interest in racing from a relatively early age. My dear old granddad loved racing. He’d take me down the bookies when I was still a young boy. I still love the dynamics of the bookmaker’s people from all walks of life, putting from 10p to thousands of pounds on a race, and it still means the same to everyone. I remember him coming down the Festival in 1990 and having a tip in his pocket. He got it out and it said Norton’s Coin. He looked at the 100/1, ripped it up, went and had a bet on Dessie, then sat on the steps of the stand in disbelief after the race. Then living so close to Cheltenham from the age of 20, I haven’t missed a festival. Becoming a member 5 years ago. I love the fact I can have a sit down meal with clients, a few beers with boys, or take the wife and kids, and it’s all a great day out!!
 
What horses are you/have you been involved with both with Kim and other trainers
I’ve got Shares with my good friend Darren Smith in Vinndication and new yard superstar Arthur’s sixpence! I then have shares with my Dad Ron, in the beautiful Subway Surf and the up and coming Shinobi.
 
What was your best/funniest experience on a racecourse?
Would be stupid to not say Vinnies run in the Ultima this year as the best. We were all so proud of him, and to get into the placed connections bar drinking champagne for the 2 hours that followed was an added bonus. Then to top off an amazing day Imperial Aura bolted up for the yard and won us a good few quid. Truly Amazing day.
Funniest would be when he beat Champ at Ascot. Darren had been “giving it large” to Matt Chapman all afternoon. Telling him remember the name. It was the last race of a wet freezing day and going collecting the winnings, the bookie ran out of cash! He had to phone his runner to come back from the car, who then had to take his coat and shirt off in the pouring rain, to get to a secret money belt, where a load of £50notes appeared!!
 
What is your favourite racecourse/race meeting?
I love Chepstow for a friendly, good value day out and their owners and trainers is excellent. Ascot is now something else, and Royal Ascot on a hot summer’s day is hard to beat. But the Tuesday of the festival tops them all by a mile. Months of anticipation all released with one almighty Cheltenham roar.
 
How did you first get involved with Kim?
Darren Smith introduced me to Peter Kerr. Peter did what he does best, and the rest as they say is history. Peter is an amazing syndicate manager. Nothing ever appears too much trouble for him. A real asset to the KBRP horses.
 
If you were in charge of racing for a day what would you change?
I think racing has done pretty well recently, it seems to have hopefully, got over the unfair bad press it received over Cheltenham going ahead. I also think ITV have done an amazing job in showing the public, there’s more to racing, than the races themselves. But I’d still like to see more of it on terrestrial TV, and maybe not just races, more informative programmes for the public outside of yard involvement, to see what we do.
 
Now away from racing - If you could trade lives with one person for an entire day who would it be and why?
Tough one, but as a massive Liverpool FC fan, it would have to be our manager Jurgen Klopp. Just to see how he sees the world for 24 hours, would probably be a life changing experience. The man oozes Charisma, class and humility all in one sentence of speaking.
 
If you could invite any 5 people for dinner who would they be?
I’m quite a happy personality so wouldn’t really want deep heavy meaningful discussions, just some funny drunken stories. Therefore Ian Botham, John Daly, Jurgen Klopp, Eddie Hearn and Frankie Dettori.
 
Do you have a sweet tooth or a savoury tooth?
Definitely a savoury tooth. Pies and pasties above cakes and chocolate any day.
 
What is your favourite food, holiday, restaurant, tv programme?
Favourite food is Chinese.
Holiday is Padstow in the UK and Vilamoura abroad. Restaurant is La Gavroche, however OTT it seems, there’s just something about it that stands out from all the other top-class restaurants.
Not a big TV person away from sports, but I do like the many variations of master chef.
 
If you could do anything you wanted right now, what would it be?
In all honesty in this current climate, I’d just like to find a vaccine for this awful virus, and we can all get back to normal. If that wasn’t around, I’d love to move to Padstow, join St Enodoc golf club and play there every day!
 
What are you most looking forward to?
I’m really looking forward to hopefully getting back into a semi normal racecourse with friends and the stable entourage, and hopefully some trips to the winner’s enclosure. All my horses seem to have a big and important year ahead of them. They’re all still relatively young, so a few winners, some good days out and then all to come through the season safely is all an owner can ask for.
 
 
 
 
 

 

JULY OWNER INTERVIEW - ANDY & SANDY PAGE

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BACKGROUND – A little bit about yourself (Occupation, where do you live, family etc)
Andy – Born and raised in Northampton. Attended Northampton grammar School for boys. Left school to work in IT at Barclay Card and then transferred to Barclays Cheque Clearing.
 
Sandy – Born and raised in Birmingham. Attended Great Barr comprehensive school. Left school in 1974 to work for Barclays Bank in Birmingham city centre. Later transferred to Barclays Cheque Clearing in Northampton to work on the User Acceptance Test team.
 
Met Andy and started dating in 2000 when Andy was an IT Operations Team Leader and I was the Software Test Manager. We married in a small wedding ceremony in the New Forest in 2007. I was blessed to become stepmom to Andy’s three grown children. One month later we celebrated becoming grandparents to our grandson Luke. We now have another two grandchildren Lexie (4 going on 20!) and Charlie (2).
We both retired in 2016 and enjoy spending time following our horses.
How did you first get involved in Racing?
It was Andy who introduced me when watching horse racing on Boxing day where we would spend the day watching the racing on TV and having silly bets (still do). Andy took me to Towcester races on my birthday in April and then the following year it was the Cheltenham Festival. After that I was totally hooked.
 
What horses are you/have you been involved with both with Kim and other trainers
All our horses have been with Kim. We started with Fizzy Dancer who the A&R Racing partnership leased from Sandra Steer-Fowler. Fizzy was our first horse and first love, she will always hold a special place in our heart. When the partnership ended, we bought in to Blazon.
 
Blazon won his first bumper race Lingfield and gave us and his rider Henry Morshead a first winner. A very memorable day. He has since won a further 4 races on the AW and came a close second in his latest race on the turf at Chepstow. We look forward to more fun days to come watching him on the flat.
 
We then leased a share in a beautiful grey horse named Kayf Storm. Unfortunately, she suffered a number of injuries, which the latest would require box rest for the most of the remainder of her lease. It was agreed by all that she would return to her owners at Overbury stud.
 
We then joined the Maggies Charity Partnership which included Biscuit and Another Venture. I began to feel that Biscuit didn’t seem to have the stamina or really enjoy her racing. After being pulled up in her last race it was decided that she would be retired and a good home was found for her. She now enjoys hunting with her new owner.
Another Venture is another story, he has given his partnership some amazing wins and days out. We were absolutely gutted when we found out we would miss his race at Sandown. I had booked a family weekend at Centre Parcs in Nottingham. Andy had to convince me that there would be no way we would make it down to Sandown to watch the race and back by 4pm for a family photo shoot. We ended up watching the race on my laptop at the photo studio where he ran a great race to win. Needless to say, there were plenty of smiles on the photos.
 
Our latest partnership is with Shinobi. Andy was bowled over by his breeding and convinced we would not be able to afford a share in him. However, I contacted Peter and was pleasantly surprise to find out how affordable he was. I think we had decided to join the partnership before we had even met him. He has such a lovely relaxed personality that we fell in love with him. We were amazed and delighted when he won his first bumper at Exeter.
 
We feel so blessed to have three amazing horses.
 
What was your best/funniest experience on a racecourse?
The experience that stands out the most is Merano racecourse in northern Italy. Andy booked a weekend away with Horse Racing Abroad for my 60th birthday 2 years ago. It was one of the most beautiful settings with the backdrop of Dolomite mountains. It was also one of the craziest races I have ever seen. The big race of the day was the Crystal Cup series, which is the same series that is run at the Cheltenham Festival know as the Cross-Country race.
We started the day with a walk around the course where we were totally amazed by the height and challenges of some of the obstacles. This was followed by an outdoor lunch which included representatives from the Jockey Club from the UK, Norway and New Zealand. Also joining us was the new General Manager of Warwickshire racecourse and his wife.
Finally, it was time for the big race and the air was full of excitement and anticipation. The horses went off and the two leaders fell at the first jump. This was followed by complete confusion as none of the other jockeys seemed to know where they were going. Horses and riders everywhere but where they should be! The race was stopped and all horses and jockeys gathered together to restart the race from the beginning. The restart of the race was off to a good start but when they reached four very high jumps, which were very close together. It was literally a landing and a couple of steps to take the next jump. The first horse jumped the first then charged through the second, with a following horse completely refusing the second jump and sending the jockey flying. The race finished with two horses and unbelievably Andy had a bet on the winner of the race. Pleased to say all horses and jockeys eventually returned safe and sound.
 
What is your favourite racecourse/race meeting?
It has to be the Cheltenham Festival with Champions Day at Ascot second
 
How did you first get involved with Kim?
I bought Andy a morning at the gallops for a surprise Christmas present through C&D. We both had a very enjoyable morning. I was surprised at how relaxing and friendly it was for such a busy yard. Kim took the time and seemed to enjoy introducing us to his horses. I was excited to meet Molly’s a Diva, who we had both had winners with. We have a cat named Molly…. As we were being taken round the stables I recognised the familiar face of Sam Thomas, who I guess had been riding out for Kim that morning. Sam rode the famous Denman who is my favourite horse to win the Cheltenham Gold cup in 2008. Sam came over and introduced himself to us.
We enjoyed a cooked breakfast with lovely company. A nice gentleman named John told us about his partnership horse with Kim and explained that it was an affordable way to have ownership in a horse. Kim then mentioned that there was a horse coming in that day which was to be leased to a new partnership – dare we dream! As it was, we passed a horse box on the drive out of Thorndale, which we later learned was driven by Sandra Steer-Fowler. It was fate, as soon as shares for ‘Winnie’ came on the blog for sale, I was on the phone to Kim before they were all sold. To my delight Winnie became Fizzy Dancer, a name I had put forward for her.
 
We love being an owner with such a legend of a Trainer and a wonderfully dedicated team at Thorndale and hopefully long may it last.
 
If you were in charge of racing for a day what would you change?
The usual, better prize money. I would also like to see that all travel staff received complimentary food and drinks at the racecourse.
 
Now away from racing - If you could trade lives with one person for an entire day who would it be and why?
I’m a crazy animal lover and therefore would love to spend one day being the owner of a small animal sanctuary. With maybe a few resident ex racehorses.
 
If you could invite any 5 people for dinner who would they be?
Jasper Carrot – He still has me in bits with his Brummie humour
Prince William – He seems to be one of the Royals who would be approachable. He is also an Aston Villa fan so we could reminisce about the few and far between successes
Kim Bailey – keep us entertained with his many stories
The 2Cellos – entertain us with their varied musical talents from classic to rock. Also quite pleasing on the eye
Sir Tony McCoy – for tales of his many racing experiences
 
Do you have a sweet tooth or a savoury tooth?
Both savoury
 
What is your favourite food, holiday, restaurant, tv programme?
Food: Andy - pasta dishes. Sandy – Andy’s roast dinners
Holiday: Andy – Iceland and Norway cruise. Sandy – Australia (Sydney, Melbourne and Northern Territory including Ayres Rock)
Restaurant: Both – Meat and Wine Company Melbourne
TV programme: Both – Racing channels
 
If you could do anything you wanted right now, what would it be?
Watch our horses race at the racecourse without the current restrictions
 
What are you most looking forward to?
Following our horses and hopefully attending a racecourse in the near future
 
 
 
 
 

MAY OWNER INTERVIEW - GRAHAM LLOYD

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

I am a professional cricket umpire and I live in Accrington where I have lived all of my life. I am married to Janice and we have four sons.
How did you first get involved in Racing?
First involvement was watching Grand Nationals back in the late 70’s
 
What horses are you/have you been involved with both with Kim and other trainers?
I have been involved in the Youneverknow syndicate for the last five years with our horse Younevercall
 
What was your best/funniest experience on a racecourse?
Best was in 2019 when Younevercall won the Select Hurdle at Sandown, he then went on to run at Royal Ascot which was an experience hard to beat.
 
What is your favourite racecourse/race meeting?
Has to be the Cheltenham Festival meeting for which I have been attending with friends for the last 30 years
 
How did you first get involved with Kim?
Fellow colleague and friend Nick Cook persuaded me to get involved in a syndicate with him and others
 
If you were in charge of racing for a day what would you change?
One entry for all racecourses without the need to upgrade to Tatts, Club etc
 
Now away from racing - If you could trade lives with one person for an entire day who would it be and why?
I would probably trade places with Sir Richard Branson, fly in his private jet and give living on Necker Island for a few days a try.
 
If you could invite any 5 people for dinner who would they be?
Jose Mourinho, Ant Middleton, Harry Rednapp, Diane Abbott and Henry Blofeld
 
Do you have a sweet tooth or a savoury tooth?
Savoury

What is your favourite food, holiday, restaurant, tv programme?
Food – Fillet Steak
Holiday – Winter Ski Holiday
Restaurant – The Park Inn, Accrington
TV Programme – Racing UK
Football Team – Manchester United
 
If you could do anything you wanted right now, what would it be?
I would buy more horses
 
What are you most looking forward to?
Getting back to normality!
 
 
 
 
 

MARCH OWNER INTERVIEW - CAROL VORDERMAN

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

I’m Carol Vorderman (well, I’ve been called quite a few things in my time and they all make me laugh).  I’m a Welsh girl who lives in Bristol at the mo, but moving home to Wales.  Single parent, two grown up children and I LOVE LAUGHING more than anything else in the world.  I fly a little plane, and am the luckiest woman in the world.  Yep, that’s about it.
 
 
How did you first get involved in Racing?

When I lived in Yorkshire in the 80s, and started being a smarty pants on ‘Countdown’ with the numbers, we used to go racing a lot. Richard Whiteley used to go racing a lot together, just adored Cheltenham. Even though I don’t ride, I fell in love with the cheering, the adrenalin, the racing families and the horses.  I mean, where else do you form teams 6/7 times in an afternoon with complete strangers, screaming for the horse you’ve just put a fiver on to win…

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

I had a bit of a pretty mare called the Mare of Wetwang up in Middleham with James Bethell.  James was Richard Whiteley’s best friend (Richard and I served up 23 years of letters and numbers on Countdown together before his death in 2005.)  We had a long running gag on Countdown about him wanting to be the MAYOR of Wetwang, which is a really pretty tiny village in Yorkshire.  So after he persuaded the 350 people of that fine village to let him actually become the Honorary Mayor of Wetwang, we thought it would be hilarious, in a punning way, to name our horse the MARE of Wetwang. She became a famous little horse, even though she wasn’t too successful on the course. We were thinking of getting two others just to be able to call them
Mustafa Consonant and Allava Vowel

Now I’m part of the syndicate, along with Richard and Mindy Hammond, who own Subway Surf, and she’s done us proud over the last two years.  She’s a beaut

What was your best/funniest experience on a racecourse?

Too many to mention, and they keep on coming.  Although I LOVE LOVE LOVE my two days a year with Michael and Joan Dickinson at Cheltenham Festival, they are very good friends now.

What is your favourite racecourse/race meeting?

Easy peasy.  Cheltenham Festival.  
I also love Chepstow

How did you first get involved with Kim?

Through Richard and Mindy Hammond, glad I did though, Kim and everyone at the yard are great.

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

I’d give myself a full lifetime pass to every course for every meeting, yep.

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

I’d be Alun Wyn Jones, our Wales Rugby Captain, and rated the world’s best player by any number of magazines and pundits.

Then, just for one day, I would know what it was like to be loved by possibly the most loving nation in the world.   DEWCH YMLAEN CYMRU.

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

My mate Colleen Hartman (NASA head of science and just a little bit clever, but she laughs at all my jokes, so she would have to come)
Gok Wan (we’re meant to be getting married, although he keeps backing off for some reason…hmmmm)
Michael Dickinson cos he’s just too funny for words, and a genius too obvs, and his second passion is space
Tom Cruise to talk filming flying
Buddy astronaut man Michael Lopez Alegria

Do you have a sweet tooth or a savoury tooth?

Savoury every time

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

I’m not really a foodie, I like soup and marmalade and fish and chips
I’ve been lucky enough to enjoy some great holidays
Chartering boats in the British Virgin Islands, yep, although I want to do the Siberian Express train soon.
I go to Scotts, Mount St, when I’m in London
TV?  Um, some good dramas on at the moment but I suppose I like Countryfile out of all factual shows.

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

Get someone to manage my diary for me

What are you most looking forward to?

Soooooo many things I could explode like a firework of happiness.

 

 

 

 

 

FEBRUARY OWNER INTERVIEW - RICHARD & SHEILA MORDAN

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

We were both born and bred in Maidenhead but for the last 25 years have been living in Church Crookham in North Hampshire, next to the old Army racecourse at Tweseldown where we exercise our mongrel dog Archie every day. I am an accountant currently working in the not for profit sector. Sheila worked in the banking industry but is now a lady of leisure.

We celebrated our silver wedding anniversary last year.
How did you first get involved in Racing?

My father was always keen on racing. He was born and bred in Epsom and grew up there in the 1920’s/30’s when it was much more of a racing town than it is today. I am not aware that any of the family actually worked in racing but I think it was sort of in the blood anyway.
Sheila had no great interest in racing until she met me but was quickly converted. One of our first days out was at Kempton as owners courtesy of the Pipe/Scudamore racing club and Sheila won on the placepot.

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

With Kim we were initially involved with Lucette and then Early Bonnet through the Have Fun Racing Club. We are part of The Blazing Optimists syndicate who own Blazon and recently got involved in Design Icon.
Elsewhere we are members of one of the Foxtrot Racing Syndicates, (Hogan’s Height trained in Lambourn by Jamie Snowden - he holds a Grand National entry)

What was your best/funniest experience on a racecourse?

Blazon’s four wins have all been special moments but, sorry Kim, best moment has to be Hogan’s Height winning the Grand Sefton at Aintree back in December.

We have had some great racecourse experiences but can’t think of too many that I would classify as funny. In hindsight, Lucette going straight on into a ploughed field rather than round the bend and into the back straight at Wincanton was a bit different but obviously not that funny at the time as a potentially very serious situation for horse and rider. Luckily both emerged unscathed.

I also recall a point-to-point race at Tweseldown where the leader was a fence clear of the field when falling. The commentator was watching the main pack at the time and completely missed it, much to the amusement of the crowd when he suddenly realised a fence or two later that the leader had suddenly disappeared.

What is your favourite racecourse/race meeting?

We like Newbury where we are weekend members. Most people say Cheltenham or Aintree here but to be honest we find the Festivals a bit too busy for our liking, although Hogan’s Height ran in the Mildmay Novice Chase at the Aintree Festival a couple of seasons back and we got a real buzz from that.

Outside of the UK the course at Ballinrobe has to be one of the most scenic around and we would certainly recommend going to a meeting at Les Landes in Jersey if you ever get the chance.

How did you first get involved with Kim?

We purchased a morning on the gallops in a charity auction at the Ascot Countryside Raceday a few years back. The rest, as they say, is history.

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

See if I could do something with the fixture list to reduce the number of meetings and introduce more blank days for the benefit of the stable staff – not that the bookmakers would let that happen of course.

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

Richard - Matt Nicholls, so that I could spend a day working with so many people who consider me to be an absolute legend.

Do you have a sweet tooth or a savoury tooth?

Richard – sweet and savoury. I will devour almost anything and have the waistline to prove it.

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

Mauritius is a special destination for us because we got married there but we generally holiday at home because there are lots of lovely locations in the British Isles that we enjoy. We are both celebrating significant birthdays this year and are looking forward to visiting Canada later in the year as a celebration.

Richard – Beef Wellington, Line of Duty

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

Richard – Retire so that I could spend more time watching racing, but with the same level of benefits that I currently need to work another 3 ½ years to achieve.

What are you most looking forward to?

Design Icon winning the 2024 Gold Cup.
 
 
 
 
 

Bailey’s Blog

22-06-2021 19:05:50 in General by Admin
Plus 7 and dry when driving in. Good to see John and Penny Perriss and their horses yesterday and with the added bonus of not having to drive to Newton Abbot meant a longer lunch session. Yes you have gathered correctly Design Icon did not run last night.. Ground had gone soft and as he is a fast ground horse who was running over an extended trip of 3 miles 2 furlongs for the first time it would ...

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