Barrow Street Racing Club

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Gran Paradiso winning the Men's Open at Charing in his first outing for Barrow Street Racing
Gran Paradiso and Tommie O’Brien win first time out for Barrow Street Racing Club at Charing – December 2021

In the 2021-22 season, we achieved our best results to date. Starting twelve point to points and a four mile hunter chase at Cheltenham, we achieved seven top three places, comprising three wins, two seconds and two thirds, plus a very close fourth place.

After his fifth season with us, our stalwart, Arcal Fifty has now retired from racing before his fourteenth birthday. He has been a great Club horse having run 22 times for us and providing 11 ‘podium’ finishes with two wins, six seconds and three thirds. He will remain in the yard where our trainer, Bea Coward, plans to give him a second career in dressage and eventing. We will keep our members informed of his progress.

Arcal Fifty and Martin McIntyre over the last to win the Combined Services Restricted – Larkhill February 2022

We now look to the future and the two exciting horses running for the Barrow Street Racing Club in 2022-23.

For the second season our Open horse will be Gran Paradiso (aka Spud). By Galileo, and bred to race on the flat, before joining us he had won three point to points in the North and his last two outings under rules were wins at Sedgefield. He has kept up his form winning two Open point to points in our colours over three miles and three miles four furlongs. He also had a second, a third and gave us a great evening out running over four miles at the Cheltenham Hunter Chase meeting.

Gran Paradiso over the last with Martin McIntyre, to win the Quantock 3½ mile Open – Cothelstone March 2022

Gran Paradiso (IRE) 2012: Sire – Galileo (IRE), Dam – Looking Lovely (IRE) (Love Me True)

The second horse for the coming season will be Happy Day Emery (Ernie), a striking five year old grey. Still a maiden, he has already had a third and a fourth in Irish point to points and looks ideally placed to provide a lot of fun in the years ahead.

Happy Day Emery settling in at Barrow Street

Happy Day Emery (FRA) 2017: Sire – Voiladenuo (FR), Dam – Day Lily (FR) (Centennial)

We generally use experienced jockeys with Martin McIntyre our most regular in the past season. We have also been fortunate to secure the services of Tommie O’Brien and George Hiscock, but are happy to give others opportunities should they be required.

Bea Coward will continue training from our base at Barrow Street, near Mere. Bea has access to superb grass gallops on the local downs plus a great ménage and schooling fences here. She also uses the all weather gallops at Milton Harris’s yard a few miles away. The horses continue to benefit from Bea’s personal attention, adding her dressage and eventing experience to her racing knowledge. The horses want for nothing with great attention to detail, their routine includes regular water treadmill sessions and physio visits.

From our base on the Wiltshire/Dorset/Somerset borders, our most regular meetings are in the Wessex region, but we do go further afield when race and ground conditions suit. Last season we went from Devon to Kent and to Cheltenham for the Hunter Chase.

Celebrating Arcal’s Combined Services win at Larkhill

Barrow Street Racing continues to be a means of being directly involved in point to pointing at a very reasonable cost. There is no capital outlay and the members pay a fixed monthly fee of £100, this covers all running costs including training, keep, grazing, stables, transport, shoeing, vets, entries, gallop fees etc. We plan to run in a few of the pre-Christmas meetings, so training and therefore costs will start early September. Prize money will go towards a summer social event.

We provide regular updates by e-mail, WhatsApp and Facebook, with Bea deciding where and when the horses run. Owners’ passes will be drawn by ballot and we provide members with refreshments on race days. We will also keep you informed about other horses in the yard.

A great evening at Cheltenham – April 2022
Great feedback from our members

There are still places available, so should you wish to join and have a real interest in the next season with a very sociable group, or if you need more information, please contact the club administrator:

Will Shields

Tel:  01747 860665

Mob:   07780 335925


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