MARCH OWNER INTERVIEW - GILLIAN CLOUGH

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BACKGROUND – A little bit about yourself (Occupation, where do you live, family etc)
 
Born in Wroughton, Wiltshire, many moons ago, I have spent most of my adult life overseas in South Africa and the U.S. The circle of life has brought me back to live in Prestbury, Gloucestershire for the past four years. My son, Michael and his wife Reggie live in Cheltenham and my daughter Sarah and grandkids Tyler and Meghan reside in Naples, Florida. With my semi-retired status (HR consultant) I now divide my time between my home in Naples, Florida and the lovely village of Prestbury.
 
 
How did you first get involved in Racing?
 
Horses are my passion in life and although my horse background is in eventing both my grandmother’s were avid horseracing fans. I have fond memories of school holidays spent with my maternal grandmother glued to the TV watching Saturday racing. She was a very knowledgeable punter and very serious about her racing! My mother shared the same passion of horseracing with her favourite horse Desert Orchid. She would call me in the US everytime “Dessie” raced.
 
What horses are you/have you been involved with both with Kim and other trainers
 
This is my first venture into racehorse ownership with Does He Know. I am thrilled to be part of a great syndicate and to watch the development of this talented young horse. I know first hand how difficult it is to train a horse and bring out the best of their abilities. How fortunate am I to find a sympathetic trainer with a superb team at Thorndale.
 
What was your best/funniest experience on a racecourse?
 
Best is very hard. But my most memorable is sharing a day of racing with my mother at Kenilworth racecourse, just outside of Cape Town, South Africa. A lovely venue with the majestic Table Mountain as a backdrop.
 
What is your favourite racecourse/race meeting?
 
Well, it has to be Cheltenham. Attending, for the first time, the first day of the Festival and to hear the roar of the crowd was exhilarating. Probably, I do prefer the quieter November meeting. Although, attending the Derby at Churchill Downs, Kentucky was very special too.
 
How did you first get involved with Kim Bailey Racing?
 
I was fortunate to meet two lovely ladies during my first raceday at Cheltenham at an October meeting. We discussed horse ownership, while visiting the Champagne bar, and although they were point to point owners they suggested I call Kim and visit Thorndale. After a tour of the yard with Kim, I met with Peter Kerr and voila! I came home that day as a racehorse owner!
 
If you were in charge of racing for a day what would you change?
 
I would endeavour to bring all the governing bodies in racing to the table to have an honest discussion about the future of the sport. Better promotion of horseracing would be a good starting point.
 
Now away from racing - If you could trade lives with one person for an entire day who would it be and why?
 
David Attenborough. What a wonderful life of travel and animals.
 
If you could invite any 5 people for dinner who would they be?
 
Rick Stein (though I might prefer him to be presiding in the kitchen)
Michelle Obama
Melvyn Bragg
Sting (for after dinner entertainment)
Mick Fitzgerald (sorry David)
 
Do you have a sweet tooth or a savoury tooth?
 
Savoury, though I love dark chocolate
 
What is your favourite food, holiday, restaurant, tv programme?
 
Fish, seafood
Mauritius, beautiful island, with beautiful people
Charleston Restaurant in Baltimore, Maryland. A fabulous fusion of French and Southern Low Country cuisine expertly cooked by Chef Cindy Wolf
I don’t watch much TV but I have enjoyed Michael Portillo’s Great Railway Journeys
 
If you could do anything you wanted right now, what would it be?
 
Right at this moment see the faces of my two grandkids who are experiencing snow for the first time in their lives. They set off today on a skiing trip to Vail, Colorado.
 
What are you most looking forward to?
 
Apart from continuing to be part of Does He Know’s racing career. I am looking forward to more travel adventures and sharing the exhilarating thrill of jump horse racing with my partner, a non-horse person ( a New York City guy) when he next visits the UK.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

JANUARY OWNER INTERVIEW - JOE GOLDRING

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BACKGROUND – A little bit about yourself (Occupation, where do you live, family etc)
 
I am 32 years old and live in Essex with my partner Caitlin. I currently work in the Advertising industry, where I have been working for over 10 years. Alongside racing, I enjoy playing golf, socialising with friends and try to keep fit via boxing/exercising. I also enjoy travelling and would like to do more of it, but like many have put this on hold due to the current circumstances.
 
 
How did you first get involved in Racing?
 
My first memory of racing was going to Kempton Park on Boxing Day to watch the King George as a teenager. I was fascinated by the excitement of the betting ring, the different jockey silk colours, horses of different shapes and sizes and the buzzing atmosphere you get at a racecourse.  As my passion grew throughout my teens, I decided to enrol in an Apprenticeship Scheme in Racehorse Care, in Newmarket. This was an eye-opening experience for me, where I learnt a lot about the industry and the practical side of the sport. I now work in Advertising but have never lost my passion for racing and pore over the Racing Post most days!
 
What horses are you/have you been involved with both with Kim and other trainers?
 
This is my first venture into racehorse ownership, having bought a share in Firth Of Gold last year. I can honestly say that it was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I originally thought the excitement of being an owner would all lie at the racecourse but being able to visit the yard regularly and see the continued progress of FOG on the gallops gives me great pleasure. The friendly, welcoming team at Thorndale have made me feel at home from my very first visit.
 
What was your best/funniest experience on a racecourse?
 
It would probably be my first trip to the Cheltenham festival with a good friend of mine. I was down to my last £20 on the final day of the trip, which I bullishly placed on a 40/1 horse called Medinas in the Coral Cup, who I had pencilled in all week. He had just won the Welsh Champion hurdle on bottomless ground and I knew that the Coral Cup took some getting, being run at such a fast pace. Luckily, he prevailed. The beers were on me that evening and it felt good to be standing in a pub in Cheltenham afterwards, with the readies stashed in my pocket!
 
What is your favourite racecourse/race meeting?
 
The New Year’s Day meeting at Cheltenham. In the summer it would have to be Goodwood - I don’t think you can beat that view from the stands. 
 
How did you first get involved with Kim?
 
I reached out to Kim through the website and was introduced to Peter Kerr who runs the syndicates at the yard. Peter made what was initially a daunting decision easy, providing full transparency and honesty from the outset.
 
If you were in charge of racing for a day what would you change?
 
I’d try and find a way of ensuring larger field sizes throughout the season. Personally, I get much more enjoyment from watching a 20+ runner handicap with multiple form angles than a two-horse match race with an odds-on favourite.
 
Now away from racing - If you could trade lives with one person for an entire day who would it be and why?
 
Not sure… probably a professional golfer like Tiger Woods. I grew up watching Tiger in his prime and as a golfer I’d love to have his mindset and mental strength standing over a golf ball under pressure.
 
If you could invite any 5 people for dinner who would they be?
 
Aidan O’Brien (if Kim wasn’t available), A P McCoy, Ant Middleton, Ricky Gervais, Frank Bruno.
 
Do you have a sweet tooth or a savoury tooth?
 
Savoury
 
What is your favourite food, holiday, restaurant, tv programme?
 
Italian Food, the Caribbean, Piccolos (a local Italian to me), Ozark.
 
If you could do anything you wanted right now, what would it be?
 
Go abroad for some winter sun.
 
What are you most looking forward to?
 
Firth Of Gold running… and becoming a top class chaser. The dream is still alive…
 
 
 
 
 

NOVEMBER OWNER INTERVIEW - NEIL BROOKE

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BACKGROUND – A little bit about yourself (Occupation, where do you live, family etc)
I am 60yrs old having recently retired after 40yrs as an electrician and have now moved to Chichester with my wife Jo. I have a son and daughter, David, and Laura along with two stepsons, David is an anaesthetist in Perth Australia and Laura is an events manager. My two stepsons Tom and Stevie are involved in finance and landscape gardening.

 

How did you first get involved in Racing?
During school holidays in the early seventies, I was shipped off for the summer to my grandparents in Findon, which is where the late great Ryan Price trained. I was taken by Grandad to soldiers fields where his great old horses Kilmore (who won the Grand National) and What A Myth (Whitbread Gold Cup) spent their retirement. Also, my dad took me to Lingfield, Epsom, Sandown and Kempton at an early age and I’ve been hooked ever since.
 
What horses are you/have you been involved with both with Kim and other trainers
With Kim, myself and Jo have two horses Percy Veering and Firth of Gold. Various others over the years include Diamond Max with David Evans, Venturatormenta (bred by Kevin Blake and won The Papin in 2020) with Richard Hannah, Aldryin with David Pipe and The Gatekeeper with Mark Johnston.
 
What was your best/funniest experience on a racecourse?
Attending the breeders cup at Santa Anita and seeing Richard Sambora of Bon Jovi Fame being asked to sign a photo by a fan, the photo being taken many moons previously, as he signed it, I remarked “F**k me Richie that’s a few years ago son”, he stormed off……
 
When Diamond Max won his listed race at Longchamp, we were all rather vocal in the winner’s enclosure, John Gosden who had won the previous Group race with Mount Abu had a massive bottle of champers, came over and said, “this is more suited to you, enjoy!” a nice touch from a true gentleman.
 
What is your favourite racecourse/race meeting?
Best Course: Goodwood on a dry day, the most picturesque course in the World.
National Hunt: Cheltenham
Abroad: Santa Anita, the backdrop of the San Gabriel mountains is superb.
 
How did you first get involved with Kim?
Viewing the website and then speaking to Peter Kerr and realising how friendly everyone was. So much so that when we visited for the first time to see Percy Veering, we returned the next day to purchase a share in Firth of Gold.
 
If you were in charge of racing for a day what would you change?
Without a doubt prizemoney, it must be increased now. Far too much racing so I’d reduce meetings to six races per meeting, No Sunday racing either to give the staff a day off.
 
Now away from racing - If you could trade lives with one person for an entire day who would it be and why?
I would trade places with Gareth Southgate then transport myself back to the euro finals night and ask myself why I left Mason Mount on for so long when Jack Grealish was available. Also why did I not put Calvert-Lewin on to take a penalty as he had scored all four he took for Everton that season. Then like Jim Carey in Liar Liar I would give myself a good thrashing.
 
If you could invite any 5 people for dinner who would they be?
Ian Bothan, John Gosden Dave Grohl, Sir Geoff Hurst, Nigella Lawson – great stories, hopefully some tips, music and food.
 
Do you have a sweet tooth or a savoury tooth?
Both
 
What is your favourite food, holiday, restaurant?
Favourite food: Pie, Mash and Liquor
Favourite Holiday: Perth Australia
Favourite Restaurant: 34 Bar Grill Mayfair and Rock Stein’s Seafood restaurant in Padstow
 
If you could do anything you wanted right now, what would it be?
Get rid of all electric cars!
 
What are you most looking forward to?
My son’s wedding in February 2023 in Margaret River Western Australia. Hopefully we will be able to travel by then. Also, Percy Veering making his racecourse debut.
 
 
 
 
 

SEPTEMBER OWNER INTERVIEW - NICK HOLMES

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BACKGROUND – A little bit about yourself (Occupation, where do you live, family etc)
 
I live with my wife Mary in the Cotswolds close to Kemble which is the place where all Britsih Airways Jumbo jets seem to go for their final resting place !! . I have two grown up children one at university and the other working in financial services.
 
I am retired having worked in the Police for over 30years although I do have a side line in that I deliver speed awareness courses and do some Safeguarding tutoring for the FA.
 
 
 
How did you first get involved in Racing? 
On of my first jobs was working for Weatherbys where I was involved in the Names department and certainly enlightened to some of the linguistical skills of some owners and trainers in trying to get some unsuitable names for their racehorses. One of which comes to mind was when somebody tried to name their horse Norfolk and Chance (which on first reading appears quite innocent!!!)
 
What horses are you/have you been involved with both with Kim and other trainers
I am currently involved with Charming Getaway however to say I have had rather a checked experience with ownership would be a bit of an understatement. My first horse with Kim was called Dansant Express who definitely looked the part on the gallops but come the racecourse was far more enthusiastic about seeing the rear of its fellow horses than actually going past them. However at least Dansant made the racecourse whilst my next Wild Presentation never made it and to be honest I have never seen David Bass work so hard on a horse to get it up Lambourn gallops!! As a consequence it was last seen on a horse box heading back to Ireland.
 
I hope my fellow owners don’t see me as a bit of a jinx
 
What was your best/funniest experience on a racecourse?
One of the funniest experiences was when I was invited by my friend as his guest to see his horse run at Newton Abbott. We arrived at the racecourse and I was informed that although the horse was not likely to win there would be a possibility that it might be placed. So of course when it came to the race I duly put some money on along with my friend with the same oncourse bookmaker and watched the race. To our astonishment the horse absolutely bolted up and even Nigel Twiston-Davis (the trainer) was a little surprised as the horse passed the line. This was the first winner for my friend and a moment to celebrate. However the day was somewhat blighted when we went to collect our winnings from the bookmaker as although I was paid out, it appeared that my friend had backed a different horse!!!!!!
 
As a paying customer one of the more amusing moments was when First Flow ran in a chase at Hereford about two years ago. It was a three-horse race and First Flow was odds on favourite and duly obliged with the minimum of effort. However, the horse who should have finished third was certainly not in the same class as First Flow or the other participant and was there I suspect primarily to pick up the third-place prize money.
 
The plan would seem to be working as the horse managed to complete most of the course albeit being a good twenty lengths if not further behind First Flow and the other horse. The problem came at the last fence where clearly either tired of continually being encouraged to complete or the fact it was a cold day at Hereford it duly decided to deposit the jockey on the floor as it attempted to clear the last fence. Neither horse nor jockey were injured but I do recall the jockeys face looking like thunder as they trudged back to the weighing room.
 
What is your favourite racecourse/race meeting?
Market Rasen is my favourite racecourse, and this might seem a bit of an odd choice, but it was my local racecourse when growing up and was no doubt the reason I became interested in racing. The one thing I do like about Market Rasen it does not matter where you sit or stand you have an exceptional view of the whole racecourse, something which cannot be said for all racecourses
 
Race meeting has to be the Grand National and I did attend the year when Hello Dandy won back in the eighties.
 
How did you first get involved with Kim?
I became involved with Kim through my brother buying a Birthday present for me to attend one of Kim’s Breakfast and Gallop days . It was a great experience and certainly was a key factor in me becoming involved as an owner. I would also say that meeting the rest of the team in particular Peter Kerr was also very influential in me deciding to become an owner
 
If you were in charge of racing for a day what would you change?
I do think over the last few years racing has realised that it needs to be more open to the public and I like the fact that Jockeys are now interviewed by the press and that cameras are allowed to view what happens behind the scenes. It starts to take the mystic out of it and certainly I see it as a way of breaking down perceived cultural barriers. I think there is still work to be done and why can’t steward enquiries be more public after all courts of law allow cameras in. I am not suggesting that the public be present but being able to view the process on TV and understand the rationale for decisions would be useful. It would need to be managed as in some instances it might not be appropriate for cameras to record enquires but I would suggest it would be very limited.
 
A review of handicapping process in England as regards Irish runners is clearly an area that also needs to be examined
 
Now away from racing - If you could trade lives with one person for an entire day who would it be and why?
I wouldn’t mind being the overseas tour manager for the England Cricket team just for one day, somewhere like Australia or the Caribbean. One day would be enough just to get the experience of what it is like to be part of a professional cricket touring party.
 
If you could invite any 5 people for dinner who would they be?
Phil Tufnell
Gyles Brandreth
Pam Ayres
The Prime Ministers Chauffeur!!
Luke Harvey
 
I doubt I would get a word in edgeways
 
Do you have a sweet tooth or a savoury tooth?
Very much a sweet tooth
 
What is your favourite food, holiday, restaurant, tv programme?
Steak and chips
Australia /New York/Iceland
Gumstool at Tetbury
The Bell Inn Sapperton
The Green Dragon Cowley
TV Programme -Vigil (submarine drama very good)
 
If you could do anything you wanted right now, what would it be?
I would hire a camper van and have a three week driving holiday around New Zealand preferably when the cricket season is on and if England were playing that would be a bonus. I have been trying to visit New Zealand for the past three years but due primarily to COVID and other factors I have been thwarted
 
What are you most looking forward to?
I am looking forward to Charming Getaway's first run and hopefully perhaps even getting into the winner’s enclosure.
 
 
 
 
 

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.
 
 
 
 
 

 

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27-06-2022 07:01:35 in General by Admin
Plus 11 and dry when driving in. I am back from 3 (abortive) days fishing on the Helmsdale…. We all have hobbies and one of mine is fishing. Yours hopefully is having horses in training (At Thorndale)!. Fishing, like racing, is all about being in the right place with the right conditions..Well my three days.. fun they certainly were, as I was with my best man Johnny R-K, but conditions w...

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