Rio Gold Racing Club

• Ever wanted to be involved in racehorse ownership?

• Love jumping and want to be a part of an exciting racing partnership for the Summer months?

• Want to be on the winning team and a part of one of the most dynamic yards in National Hunt racing?

Dan Skelton Racing are excited to be launching Rio Gold Racing Club, an exciting new ownership opportunity for the Summer of 2017. By becoming a member of RGRC you will be involved in all ten horses running in the RGRC colours, who are in training at Lodge Hill and will be running between 1st May and 31st October.

Becoming a Rio Gold Racing Club Member entitles you to:

  • weekly email video updates on how the horses are progressing in training and any running plans/entries for the week ahead
  • being an equity share owner in all ten horses along with Club Ambassador Nick Skelton
  • a share in any prize money accrued by Club horses, divided on a pro-rata basis between share owners at the end of the partnership term
  • a pro-rated share of the sale prices of the Club horses at the end of the partnership term
  • RGRC Club mornings at Lodge Hill every other Wednesday through the Summer to watch the Club horses work and school. Club mornings will accommodate up to 20 members at a time and will be operated on a first-come-first-served basis, with priority going to members who have not previously visited
  • entry in to a ballot for complimentary and discounted O&T badges whenever the horses run
  • monthly social events throughout the summer at various different racecourses, culminating in an End of Summer celebration for Club members at Lodge Hill.

Club Horses

We have assembled what we feel will be a strong team of horses to run through the summer for the RGRC. All of the horses have been enjoying a winter break since their arrival and look ideal types to enjoy successful Summer campaigns.

All horses have been extensively examined by our veterinary surgeon since their purchase. Any veterinary treatment deemed necessary has been carried out to ensure that that Club horses are in top condition when they come in to work.


2013 bay gelding by Dansili ex Cabaret

Owner Rio Gold Racing Club

A 3yo by Dansili who looks an exciting type when winning his only start for John Gosden before picking up a small injury. He was fully vetted at the sales with the vet was satisfied that the injury is now fully healed, and he has been gelding since arriving with us. A lovely looking horse who could be a nice prospect in novice hurdles, and may even run on the Flat.


2008 bay gelding by Hawk Wing ex Tajaathub

Owner Rio Gold Racing Club

Bought as a bit of a punt after seriously losing his way. Previously with Dermot Weld, he was placed in maiden hurdles in Ireland and rated around 115 before coming to England and enjoying no luck. He has had a wind operation and been freshened up since joining us and if all goes well he could prove well handicapped.


2013 bay gelding by Poet’s Voice ex Fifty

Owner Rio Gold Racing Club

A 3yo from Andy Oliver and a tough, consistent campaigner. Had one run over hurdles and jumped desperately badly, but with plenty of help and practice that is definitely something that can be sorted. Still a maiden both on the Flat and over obstacles, he ran promisingly at Tipperary over a trip. Given his size and profile he should be able to do well over hurdles and appears to have all the right attributes.



Owner Rio Gold Racing Club

A scopey sort to go chasing who could prove well handicapped. He has won a hurdle over two miles but his bumper form makes him a much better horse than he’s showing.


2011 bay gelding by Aqlaam ex Lady Avenger

Owner Rio Gold Racing Club

Another from Andy Oliver from whom we have had the likes of Stephen Hero, a winner of three during the Summer of 2014. A very tough horse who had three runs in seven days before we bought him. Rated 115 and a maiden over hurdles he ran in some good hurdle races including two Class 1 hurdles in the 2014-15 season. Should have no problem getting off the mark over hurdles and but also has the scope to go chasing.


2013 bay gelding by Showcasing ex Theatre Royal

Owner Rio Gold Racing Club

A 3yo by a very successful sire of early Flat horses who has not yet had too many of his offspring running over obstacles. Has shown a really consistent attitude during a Autumn campaign with 2nd pacing at Windsor and Bath for Johnny Portman. A lovely big horse who shouldn’t have any problems jumping and will get the age allowance in the Spring.


2012 bay gelding by Mountain High ex Evnelu

Owner Rio Gold Racing Club

An interesting horse who was purchased at the Spring Sales having picked up a small leg injury. Has since been given the winter off and plenty of time to recuperate. What attracted me to this horse most was his third placing behind Two Taffs on his first ever start, but since then he has never really got a clear run of things and has now dropped to a mark of 102. Should be winning over hurdles and could well end up going novice chasing before the end of the Summer.


2013 bay gelding by Fastnet Rock ex Phrase

Owner Rio Gold Racing Club

By Fasnet Rock who could be a good jumps sire of juveniles at least, as they are all fairly strongly built. Won his last three at Wolverhampton over 1m1f+. A horse who seems to enjoy front-running, he has proven difficult to pass whilst probably only just ever doing enough. Should be open to plenty of improvement after break having had a busy summer.


2013 chestnut gelding by Ravens Pass ex Sister Red

Owner Rio Gold Racing Club

A recruit purchased from Paddy Pendergast. By Ravens Pass who is also responsible for consistent handicapper Raven’s Tower. He‘s had three runs in juvenile hurdles finishing 6th, 4th and 3rd so now eligible for a handicap mark, and should be a formality in a handicap hurdle in the Spring.


2012 bay gelding by Robin Des Champs ex John’s Eliza

Owner Rio Gold Racing Club

A horse we know well who has been with us from a youngster. By Robin Des Champs and from a great family, he has been purchased from his previous owner due to not quite being quite up to standard. Has finished placed in two bumpers and will have a few more runs over hurdles for experience before a winter break. Will start off his summer campaign over hurdles before running in some novices’ chases later in the Summer.

To register your interest in RGRC, please email or call the office on 01789 336339.

Anyone registering their interest in purchasing a share will be invited to an Open Morning at Lodge Hill where the horses will be paraded for prospective Club members, and you will have the chance to discuss RGRC in a little more depth with Dan and the team.