Welcome to the Wessex Racing Club which is run by myself Jeremy Blackburn and my lifelong friend Jeremy Barber.
The Barber name has been synonymous in horse racing circles for several years, mainly through the exploits of Jeremy’s father Richard Barber who was both a leading point to point trainer and someone with an unrivalled talent for spotting value horses. Jeremy is a director of Wincanton Racecourse, Point to Point Association (PPA) board member and of course father of one of our trainers, Jack Barber. For myself, Jeremy Blackburn, my roots are 100% West Country and I am recently retired from the corporate world as Head of Media and Communications. I have always shared a passion for racing with Jeremy and I am connected to the Anthony Honeyball yard as an owner and a supporter of the yard. My wife Lucy is also Anthony’s secretary.
Our two primary goals in creating Wessex Racing are firstly; to give more people the opportunity to get closer to the action at a relatively low cost; and secondly to reinvest club funds to buy more horses for our respective trainers and continue to grow the appeal of club membership.
Initially, we will have 2 horses in training – one with Anthony Honeyball and the other with Jack Barber. Both horses will be trained with a view to running in the Autumn of 2018 – at the early stage of the development of the Club we will invest in seasoned campaigners with the aim to go racing as often as possible.
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We will have 2 horses in training to race under National Hunt rules, based in the West Country and trained with the objective of being ready to run by the Autumn of 2018.
Anthony Honeyball will train Le Coeur Net for the club. Le Coeur Net ran 10 times in the 2017/8 season. First season over fences. Placed in half of those races and won at Plumpton. Official rating 105 and best distance is between 2m and 2 ½ miles on soft or heavy going.
Jack Barber will train our recent acquisition - Three in One, a strapping 16.2 recruit from point to pointing. He ran in two point to points last season and will be run under rules this season with the target of Novice Hurdling. He is a really exciting prospect who has finished second to two horses who have already won and been placed under rules. Whilst we look for success with his hurdling career, he is a very nice prospect for us to go chasing with in the future too.
How much does it cost to train the horses?
With two horses in training we need to budget £4000 per calendar month. This covers stabling and training of the horses, shoes, entries, travel and staff costs at the races.
When you have enough funding to cover training what happens to the money not spent on training the horses?
Our objective is to increase the number of horses in training from 2 as soon as we can so the membership fees will be invested to have more horses. When we have sufficient funds to buy the right horse for the club and we have sufficient funds to cover training costs we will increase the number of horses in the club.
In addition to buying more horses for the Club, we will also spend the fees on advertising, administration costs related to training the horses and any additional costs incurred in running the Club.
Do Club members own the horse?
Full “legal and equitable title” to The Club’s horses remain at all times with The Club, at no time does a Member have a legal or another interest in any of the horses referred, or indeed any share of.
We will continue to look for and invest in seasoned campaigners with the aim to go racing and provide members with as much “live” action as possible.