HORSES IN THE BRIAN ELLISON RACING CLUB
The following are all the horses that Members in Brian Ellison Racing Club will get chance to enjoy throughout the year. We currently have 5 horses that are running in the Club’s black and white colours and very soon members will also be able to follow the progress of the yearlings as they are broken-in in preporation for racing next year.
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Purchased for the Club in September 2017 at the Goffs UK horses in training sale. Archive was previously trained in Ireland where he won a bumper (national hunt flat race), a maiden hurdle, and a handicap chase. He is a horse that shows a good turn of foot.
He will continue his career with us in handicap chases and should be a good fun horse for Members to enjoy.
Its Pandorama is a winner over hurdles and has schooled well over fences. His disappointing form was on ground that proved too quick, and we are sure there are more races to be won with him on softer ground.
SECRET PASSENGER (IRE)
Secret Passenger is a lovely big horse. He will start racing for the Club in 2 mile novice hurdle races, but will eventually go over fences.
He is a horse that Brian says will improve with age and should have an exciting future.
RIVERSIDE BRIDGE (IRE)
Riverside Bridge is going to give members the chance to go flat and jump racing as he is a dual purpose horse. Previously trained in Ireland, he had his first start for us over hurdles at Hexham, but found the ground too heavy.
We think there is a lot of improvement to be had from this horse and are looking forward to bringing the best out of him.
Newstart has done nothing but improve since joining the string in March 2017. He won on his first start for us and has become very consistent, including two very good runs at the Galway Festival and also in Listowel.
He isn’t very big but is tough and tries hard. His ideal trip is around 2 miles, and he appears to act on any ground.
Members can expect to have lots of fun watching him over hurdles this season.
Looking ahead to the 2018 flat season, we will have a nice selection of 2 year olds for members to follow. At this stage we are ‘living the dream’ and hoping we have the next superstar in our string! Having being brought in at a year old, they first have to go through the process of learning the job, which can take several months.
They go through a ‘breaking in’ stage which involves, first learning how to walk, trot and canter with the saddle and bridle on and then having someone on their backs for the first time. Once they are used to this, it’s time to set foot on the gallops. After weeks of slow cantering, the speed gradually increases and eventually they are put through their paces. It is at this point Brian will get an idea whether he thinks the horse is ready to run or if it will need more time. Everything is done at a pace that suits the horse, as this stage is critical to how the horses develop.
Brian will never rush a horse into a race if he doesn’t think it is mature enough. Sometimes, they appear to be ‘ready’ at home but when they hit the track for the first time, it can be all too much for them, so they may be given a rest and come back to try again a few months later.
Members in our Club will get to follow the horses progress from a very early stage, with information and regular updates on the MEMBERS ONLY page.