Catchanova, trained by Eve Johnson Houghton, was our club horse for 2013. He came to Countryside Day in April to meet a large number of his new owners and we ran several stable visits and trips to the races throughout the year. We didn't get a win but managed to be placed 3 times and had good fun cheering him on.
Catchanova has now retired from racing and has gone to live with his old groom who uses him as a riding horse, he is well looked after and enjoying his new adventures.
Yurituni was our club horse for 2012. She came to Countryside day at Ascot so the club members could meet her and we ran three trips to the yard during the year where members could see her work, look around the yard and hear details of how a horse is trained.
She provided us with lots of entertainment running 12 times during the year and although we didn't manage a win we did have a very exciting 2nd place at Brighton during the summer. She was well supported during her travels and it was lovely to see our Colts and Fillies members cheering her on at the track.
We had three yard trips to meet the trainer and horse and learn all about what is involved in the training process and four exciting trips to the races.
Our first run at Kempton Park in June saw Safari Team finishing 4th against stiff competition and showed that he might need to run over a slightly longer distance. We then had a couple of out of form runs before winning in great style at Lingfield Park on 6 September, he certainly saved the best for last