Barrow Street Racing Club

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Low Cost, Fun & Sociable Horse Racing

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Arcal Fifty and Martin ‘Fly’ McIntyre on their way to second place at Cherrybrook – Easter Saturday 2021

After two very Covid disjointed seasons, we are looking forward to a full, fifth season for the Barrow Street Racing Club. We will again run primarily in West Country point to points, but happy to travel further for the right races.

We will have two horses in the Barrow Street colours again for 2021-22. Arcal Fifty will run for his fifth and final season. Currently rated 95, he is always in the mix, when conditions suit, gaining five seconds and two thirds to add to his Maiden victory at Larkhill. His two seconds last season were to the excellent Where’s Wilma at Cherrybrook and to Captiva Island on fast ground in an Intermediate at Larkhill when there was no Restricted race.

Arcal and Martin taking second place in the Larkhill Intermediate – April 2021

The planned other Club horse was Naughty Gnome (aka Norman) who had last season off recuperating from minor kissing spine surgery. His introduction back to work has been very gradual throughout the spring and summer. Bea now has him cantering as well as continuing his road work and flat work, all going well for a return to full training. Still a Maiden, rated 79, he should have provided plenty of fun in the season ahead. Unfortunately Norman needs more time, so he has been replaced by Gran Paradiso, an Open horse by Galileo who won his last two rules races at Sedgefield, a great addition to the yard.

Gran Paradiso winning the Men’s Open at Charing in his first outing for Barrow Street Racing

Arcal Fifty (IRE) 2009: Sire – Arcadio (GER), Dam – Athrell (IRE) (Lucky Guest)

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

We have no plans to change from our regular very experienced jockeys, Tommie O’Brien and Martin McIntyre, 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 all weather gallops at local training yards. The horses continue to benefit from Bea’s personal attention, adding her dressage and eventing experience to her racing knowledge, plus regular water treadmill sessions and physio visits.

Celebrating Norman’s Larkhill Second

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, jockey expenses, gallop fees etc. We hope 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 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, particularly our Maiden Naughty Gnome.

Arcal winning Best Turned Out on one of many occasions – Milborne St Andrew March 2019
Great feedback from one of 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