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My adventure with BGC Racing started in May 2017 at Chester Racecourse with a chance conversation with a fellow Chester Member and BGC Owner.
I’d always been interested in horse racing but was restricted to visits to my local tracks in Chester and Bangor on Dee.
The dream of being a race horse owner and all the thrills that come with it seemed far away but that chance meeting helped me understand how my dreams could be realised.
The Chester Member told me about BGC Racing and how for a modest investment I could be a syndicate member. He told me that BGC had some interesting prospects coming up and that if I was interested he would give me the contact details of BGC.
I was due to retire at the end of June 2017 and the plan was to play golf and relax. The prospect of playing golf and being a race horse owner was everyman’s dream!
In mid-June I had a call from my contact with the phone number of Richard (Ward) from BGC Racing. I telephoned Richard and he told me they had shares available in an unraced 2-year- old called The Throstles , who was in training by Kevin Frost in Butterton, Staffordshire.
There was no hard sell and all the details and benefits were explained to me. I liked what I heard and decided to take a 5 % stake in the syndicate. Richard was confident the horse would win a race and even promised to take us to the Arc if he didn’t!
So the excitement of being a racehorse owner with BGC began.
BGC Racing have delivered on everything they said they would, including that first Win for The Throstles.
The horse ran 5 times in the first season and me and my family went to watch him 4 times, missing one due to holidays. The first time he ran was at Wolverhampton. As promised Owners badges were available and the day out included a meal, visit to the pre parade ring and the parade ring. To make things even better The Throstles finished 4th so I was in the Winners Enclosure. What a thrilling day.
More was to come, a great third at York was followed by a win at Wolverhampton. It’s very difficult to explain the thrill of seeing your horse win a race but its right up there.
Now in our second season The Throstles has run seven times to date. The first five runs were a bit disappointing despite showing great potential. In the sixth race normal service was resumed with a win at Wolverhampton followed with another great win in his seventh race of the season again at Wolverhampton. I’m confident more is to come.
All this has been possible, for a modest investment, by being a syndicate member with BGC Racing. It’s not just going to the Races with the benefits of Owners and Trainers Badges, access O&T suites and meals, visits to the pre-parade and parade ring and hopefully being in the Winners enclosure that you get with BGC. You get more and the personal touch. You get visits to your horse’s stables, events and open days at other trainers, sponsored race days like to one BGC held at Stratford and brilliant communication via social media and the BGC Racing Website and App. You even get racing tips!
The visit me and my wife had at Kevin (Frost) stable was really enjoyable. We were warmly greeted by Kevin and his wife and taken to the gallops to see the horse work out. This was followed by a cup of tea and a chat about the horses prospects in the family home. It certainly makes you feel really important.
The BGC sponsored race day at Stratford was really good fun. A nice BBQ and a chance to meet other BGC Owners and Staff. My wife was even asked to judge the best turned out in one race along with the family of another BGC Owner (actually the family of the person I met in Chester that told me about BGC!)
When you go racing it’s great to meet up with the other BGC syndicate members. We are all great friends and exchange views and banter about our horse. We also have the opportunity to discuss the horse with Kevin the trainer and either Richard or Danny Waite (Racing Manager at BGC Racing).
All the Team at BGC are really great people and so helpful. I am kept up to date with the horses wellbeing and racing plans by Danny and if I have any questions or help getting to the races I can just message Danny or phone him and I get a reply straight away.
So although the Dream of being a racehorse owner has been realised, with the help of BGC Racing, it’s not over yet. There should be another couple of runs for The Throstles this season and hopefully another win. Who knows what is in store for him as a 4-year-old after that and maybe another horse with BGC for me as well.
Colin H, North Wales