Barrow Street Racing Club

An invitation to join Barrow Street Racing Club

2024-2025

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Celebrating Rocky Creed’s second consecutive win, this time at Cothelstone – May 2024

After a 2023-24 season severely disrupted by cancellations due to weather, Barrow Street Racing Club is already preparing and looking forward to a full season in 2024-25.

We will once again be running two horses in point to points, primarily, but not exclusively, in the Wessex, Devon & Cornwall and West Mercia regions but we also go further afield for the right opportunities. If everything goes to plan, we may also run in hunter chases.

Rocky Creed (aka Reggie) joined us in May 2023, purchased from Monbeg at the Doncaster Spring Sales. Now a six year old, he had been placed third in an Irish point to point at Grennan before arriving at Barrow Street. He first ran for us in a 2½ mile Maiden at Larkhill, pulling up just before the last, then again at Larkhill over 3 miles when he wasn’t quite spot on and didn’t complete. On Easter Monday he showed his true colours and comfortably won the Maiden at Lockinge going away from the field after the last. This was a particularly memorable day as it was the first double for the yard, after Douglas Longbottom won earlier, and the 100th point to point winner for our regular jockey Martin ‘Fly’ McIntyre.

Rocky Creed rounds the final bend to win the Lockinge Maiden and give Fly his 100th point to point winner – Easter Monday 2024.

After Lockinge, Reggie ran in the Restricted at the Cothelsone Weston & Banwell evening meeting. Given a very patient ride by Fly, he went from last to first, beating Ringsend John on the line. The winner subsequently won easily at Bratton Down next time out. Now with a rating of 107, there’s so much to look forward to with Reggie for the seasons ahead.

Rocky Creed (IRE) 2018: Sire – Leading Light (IRE), Dam – Lucky Leela (IRE) (Oscar)

Rocky Creed after the second leg of his back to back wins – May 2024

The second Barrow Street Racing Club horse for the coming season will be Gran Paradiso (aka Spud), by Galileo, who had suffered an injury in the four miler at Kingston Blount in February 2023. He took 13 months off for treatment and patient rehabilitation before returning to the track in March this year. His first run was a great second at Larkhill to the very impressive 131 rated Grace A Vous Enki in the Tedworth Gold Cup. This was the winners fifth successive Larkhill victory from five starts.

Spud on his way to second in the Tedworth Gold Cup – March 2024

Gran Paradiso then ran twice more with two thirds in very competitive Conditions races at Flete Park and Cothelstone. With five wins, two seconds and four thirds from seventeen point to point starts, plus three wins under rules, Spud will again be a great campaigner for the Club, currently being eligible for numerous Conditions races in addition to being a competitive Open horse.

Gran Paradiso (IRE) 2012: Sire – Galileo (IRE), Dam – Looking Lovely (IRE) (Storm Cat (USA))

Gran Paradiso and Martin McIntyre on their way to third place in a strong Flete Park Conditions Race – May 2024

The very experienced jockey, Martin McIntyre, took all the Barrow Street Racing Club rides last season and is booked for the next campaign. Previously we have also been fortunate to secure the services of Tommie O’Brien and the recently retired 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 on the borders of Wiltshire, Dorset and Somerset. 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 Sutton Veny 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.

In 2023-24 Bea had twelve point to point starts with four wins, four seconds and two thirds, plus a first hunter chase completion. Since starting training in 2017-18 she has maintained a top three strike rate in excess of 50%, all very impressive figures.

The first horse to run in the Barrow Street Racing Club colours was Arcal Fifty who ran 22 times for us, recording eleven top three places, including two Larkhill wins. He retired at the end of the 2021-22 season but has remained here with Bea now taking him eventing.

Arcal Fifty enjoying his new career as an event horse with our trainer, Bea Coward

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 maximum of twenty 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 and run until the end of our season, which was in May this year.. 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 a few 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

Mob:   07780 335925

E-Mail:  c5wgs@aol.com

Victory celebrations!
Photo courtesy of Brian Phipps