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Rio Gold Racing Club

The Rio Gold Racing Club is launching for 2019 with a slightly different structure but still the same great value. The RGRC will now run year-round, with membership a 12-month commitment and a new structure bringing many more opportunities to attend the races all year round.

Since its inception in 2017, the Club has enjoyed plenty of success with members celebrating over 30 winners in RGRC colours. We are currently welcoming new members to the Club for 2019, so to secure your place do not delay and get in touch!

Members are entitled to some superb benefits:

  • Involvement in all horses running in the Rio Gold Racing Club colours from 1st January – 31st December 2019
  • Regular email updates with videos of the horses in training, running plans, entries & declarations
  • Monthly visits to the yard to see the horses being prepared for the racecourse and to meet the team behind the scenes
  • Attending the races as an Owner whenever the Club horses run (one badge per single membership; two badges per double membership)
  • Use of a private box at Stratford Racecourse for every meeting during 2019

Club Horses

We have assembled what we feel will be a strong team of horses to run through the Summer and hopefully follow on from last Summer’s RGRC success!

All of the horses have been enjoying a Winter break since their arrival and look ideal types to embark on successful Summer campaigns.

All of the horses have been extensively examined by our veterinary surgeon since their purchase. Any veterinary treatment deemed necessary has been carried out to ensure that the Club horses will be in top condition when they come into training early in the New Year.

BARON VON CHILL

2012 bay gelding by Sulamani (Ire) ex Kings Maiden (Ire) (King’s Theatre (Ire))

BHA 83h

A maiden who has been placed over two miles, but looks like he could benefit from a step up in trip. An ideal type to be kicking on with in handicaps.

BERTIMONT (FR)

2010 grey gelding by Slickly (Fr) ex Bocanegra (Fr) (Night Shift (USA))

BHA 134h

A former high-class hurdler. There is definitely still races to be won with him and he also could be one to go novice chasing.

CONISTONE

2014 chesnut filly by Poet’s Voice (GB) ex Protectress (GB) (Hector Prospector (USA))

A horse who has won on the Flat and is by the same sire as Rio Gold 2017’s ultra consistent Gibson Park. Will start this Summer in maiden & novices’ hurdles.

GI JAYNE (IRE)

2011 bay mare by Millenary (GB) ex Lady Of Appeal (Ire) (Lord Of Appeal (GB))

BHA 95h

Placed in Irish point to points and also finished 2nd in a maiden hurdle in Ireland. Will go hurdling and could be another to go novice chasing before the end of the Summer.

INTIFADAH (IRE)

2012 bay gelding by Intikhab (USA) ex Cuilaphuca (Ire) (Danetime (Ire))

BHA 95h 87c

A winning hurdler, he looks like he could be on a nice mark and we’ll aim to take advantage of that in handicaps.

ISTIMRAAR (IRE)

2011 bay gelding by Dansili (GB) ex Manayer (Ire) (Sadler’s Wells (USA))

BHA 73h

A former inmate who when last in training at Lodge Hill had finished second in a handicap hurdle off a mark of 117. His mark has fallen significantly since then and can make the most of a low mark.

KEREMAN (IRE)

2014 bay gelding by Azamour (Ire) ex Kerania (Ire) (Daylami (Ire))

A horse who had a few runs for experience but needed a little time to mature. Ought to be competitive when starting back in the Spring.

MIDNIGHT AURORA (GB)

2013 chesnut mare by Midnight Legend (GB) ex Bekkaria (Fr) (Clafouti (Fr))

A half-sister to former inmate and winning chaser Bekkensfirth. Should be ready to run shortly and she could go well in mares’ events this Summer.

PETROU (IRE)

2012 bay gelding by Mountain High (Ire) ex Evnelu (Ire) (Old Vic (GB))

BHA 137c

Another great campaigner for the Club in 2017, Petrou won his first four and finished second in a valuable handicap chase at Uttoxeter on only his second start over fences. The Summer Cup at Uttoxeter will be his target for 2018

PREMIER ROSE (IRE)

2009 bay mare by Westerner (GB) ex Alltoplayfor (Ire) (Broken Hearted (GB))

BHA 100h

A very tough performer who won two of her three of her starts for the Club in 2017. Sure to give our members yet more fun days out during 2018

SET LIST (IRE)

2009 bay gelding by Heron Island (Ire) ex Copper Magic (Ire) (Zaffaran (USA))

BHA 124

A horse who is still a novice over hurdles but has run some nice races in defeat, most notably when finishing second in the Badger Ales Chase at Wincanton last season. Could give the Club a lot of fun, as he is our highest-rated horse.

SHEELBEWHATSHEELBE (IRE)

2010 bay mare by Oscar (Ire) ex Cheerymount (Ire) (Oscar Schindler (Ire))

BHA 89

SIMPLY LUCKY (IRE)

2009 bay gelding by Flemensfirth (USA) ex Derrygowna Court (Ire) (Rakaposhi King (GB))

Looked woeful when initially tried under Rules but has won a point to point since. Is off a very low mark but could be chancey; we need luck!

ZEPHYROS BLEU (IRE)

2010 bay gelding by Westerner (GB) ex Quel Bleu (Ire) (Tel Quel (Fr))

BHA 120

The Cost

Single Membership
£125 per month

Double Membership
£175 per month

Membership fees are payable either monthly or a one-off upfront annual payment. Annual payments will be subject to a discount of 10%

How to Join

To reserve your place in the Rio Gold Racing Club 2019 please contact rio@danskeltonracing.com. You will be issued with membership application documents & payment details, and in return you will receive your welcome letter, membership certificate & pin badge. Members are added to a mailing list in order to keep them up to date with entries & running plans for the horses, and in order to request race day tickets when the horses in RGRC ownership run.

Please be advised that by submitting your details via this contact page you give consent for Dan Skelton Racing to hold your details for a period of up to six months following submission. During this time you may be contacted for purposes of marketing in the event of new syndicates, horses for sale and open days. Dan Skelton Racing WILL NOT pass your details to any third party. If you wish to opt out of the above please begin your message with OPT OUT.

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The Small Print

  • All horses running in RGRC ownership are leased form Dan Skelton Racing. Members are not equity owners of any of the horses in RGRC ownership
  • In the event that race days are oversubscribed, RGRC reserves the right to operate a ballot system for O&T tickets. Members will be made aware if/when balloting is required
  • Decisions concerning the training & running of RGRC horses are the sole responsibility of Dan Skelton Racing
  • All communication with Club members will be via email as far as possible