About Kingsclere Racing Club
Kingsclere Racing Club (KRC) is designed to give members maximum involvement and enjoyment of racing with only a limited financial input.
KRC operates by leasing shares in horses bred by the Kingsclere Stud for each racing season, cutting out the cost of purchasing unproven bloodstock and enabling the Club to have between 12 and 18 horses in training each season, providing regular and diverse interest throughout the year. The Club has 25 members, and there are 50 shares in each horse. The business retains 25 of these and the remaining 25 are allocated to the Club members.
The Club aims to provide every member with the complete experience of racehorse ownership, from mornings on the gallops to afternoons on the racecourse. KRC also offers social activities throughout the season, giving members the chance to mix with other like minded racing enthusiasts. Members receive regular updates on the horses and their progress and gain an insight into the running of the yard and the training of the horses. In addition, members have the opportunity to visit Kingsclere Stud and see future KRC horses as foals and yearlings.
Clare Balding is the President of the Kingsclere Racing Club. Despite her busy schedule, Clare has been instrumental in the development of the Club and enjoys spending mornings on the gallops and days at the races supporting the KRC horses, as well as attending KRC social events whenever she can.
The Club is run by Nathaniel Barnett, a form and pedigree expert who has worked in racing for many years and who has been involved with the Club since its inception.
KRC horses race in the famous black and gold colours formerly registered to the American philanthropist Paul Mellon, a staunch supporter of Park House Stables during his lifetime. The colours are part of racing history, not least because they were carried by the great Mill Reef in all of his victories, including the Epsom Derby, the Eclipse, the King George & Queen Elizabeth Stakes and the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.
The cost of KRC membership is £6,000 for a 12 month period. This includes all training fees, vet bills, racing expenses and entertainment costs, meaning that there is no request for any further sums throughout the year. Any owner’s prize money won by the KRC horses within this period will be divided amongst the shareholders.
There is also an opportunity for members to buy a Guest membership for a partner or friend for an additional £1,000. This will entitle their guest to join in any KRC social events, race-days and visits to Kingsclere.
Email us on firstname.lastname@example.org or call Nathaniel Barnett on 07890 672435.
Located on a 200 acre site adjacent to Park House Stables, Kingsclere Stud has been steadily churning out winners over the last 30 years, including high profile winners such as Passing Glance, Hidden Meadow, Dashing Blue, Overbrook and Scorned. Since KRC’s inception in 2008 the Club has enjoyed much success with horses bred at the Stud, including Group-level wins with Side Glance and Elm Park, Listed success with Intransigent, and multiple wins with highly rated horses such as Victoria Montoya, Constant Contact, Rawaki, Spectator, Brorocco, St Mary’s, Look My Way and Chesil Beach. In 2014 the Club finished 42nd in the British Flat Owners’ Championship, a phenomenal achievement given the financial firepower of its competitors and in 2017 the club passed the £1,000,000 prize money mark in the decade since it was launched.
5yo bay gelding, Dunaden / Victoria Montoya (High Chaparral)
Ranch Hand won three times as a three year old, including a big staying handicap at Haydock. Last year he continued to perform well in handicaps but also made the leap into Stakes company, placing in the Group 3 John Smith’s Silver Cup at York before winning the Listed Rose Bowl Stakes at Newmarket. Switched to hurdling over the winter, he won at Exeter on his debut over obstacles and he remains an exciting prospect under both codes.
5yo bay gelding, Charm Spirit / Averami (Averti)
Spirit Warning was the Club’s star as a three year old, winning four races and placing on a further six occasions. He found life more difficult last season but is now on a very handy mark and has benefitted from a wind operation over the winter.
3yo bay colt, Manduro / Inhibition (Nayef)
A half-brother to good stayer Swashbuckle, Bashful showed plenty of ability at home as a juvenile but was too ‘green’ to show his true colours on his only racecourse start. He picked up an injury after that run but is well on the mend and, bred to do better at three, looks set for a good season.
3yo bay gelding, Cityscape / Victoria Pollard (Sir Percy)
Brissle Boy is a big, raw horse who has taken plenty of time to learn the ropes at home. He is likely to be a candidate for jumping in the future and is currently having a break at the stud.
3yo bay filly, Sir Percy / Cape Victoria (Mount Nelson)
The second foal of dual KRC winner Cape Victoria, Damned Elusive is a half-sister to the good stayer Table Mountain. Small in stature but big in heart, she placed at two and on her first start at three and looks to be a winner in waiting.
3yo bay gelding, Tamayuz / Hidden Valley (Haafhd)
A half-brother to dual KRC winner Hidden Steps, Desert Ravine has been a late developer but has made excellent progress over the winter and should flourish this year.
3yo bay filly, Nathaniel / Lady Brora (Dashing Blade)
Mellow Magic is a lovely, scopey filly with a pedigree to match her looks, being a half-sister to Group 1 winner Elm Park and four-time winner and Group performer Brorocco. She has been given plenty of time to grow into her frame and should shine on the turf this term.
3yo bay gelding, Cable Bay / Cape Spirit (Cape Cross)
By exciting young sire Cable Bay, Spirit Level has shown promise in his four starts to date. He is currently enjoying a short break having been gelded and will return to tackle turf handicaps in the Spring.
2yo bay filly, Cityscape / Cape Spirit (Cape Cross)
By the same sire as KRC star Urban Aspect (now a Group winner in Hong Kong), City Spirit is an athletic filly with a good attitude. Her pedigree suggests she may be a later 2yo.
2yo bay colt, Elm Park / Know The Truth (Lawman)
From the first crop of former KRC Group 1 winner Elm Park and from the family of Park House black type mare Shailene, Griffin Park looks a strong, racy two year old. A cheeky character, he has shown good ability in his early work upsides.
2yo bay filly, Sea The Moon / Lady Brora (Dashing Blade)
Lunar Gaze is the latest progeny to enter training from KRC star broodmare Lady Brora and has a strong pedigree courtesy of her half-brothers Elm Park and Brorocco. Her sire Sea The Moon has made an excellent start at stud and secured his first Group 1 winner in 2020, with the filly Alpine Star.
2yo bay filly, Sixties Icon / Inhibition (Nayef)
By the excellent and under-rated Sixties Icon and from the wonderful Kingsclere family of Passing Glance, Reticent is an attractive filly and a lovely mover who has taken her early training in her stride.
2yo bay filly, Haafhd / Victoria Pollard (Sir Percy)
The second foal from the talented but quirky Victoria Pollard, Ring Fenced is by Guineas and Champion Stakes winner Haafhd. She is an athletic model and to date has been more straightforward than some of her relatives!
2yo chestnut filly, Farhh / Hala Madrid (Nayef)
By the well-respected sire Farhh, Senorita is the second foal from dual Park House winner Hala Madrid. She is small in stature but she has a great attitude and little trouble keeping up with her peers on the gallops.
2yo bay colt, Sixties Icon / Averami (Averti)
A half-brother to Group 1 winner Side Glance and Listed performer Rawaki, Sixties Look is a balanced, active colt who has relished his early training. He is bound to improve with maturity but could well be a decent type this year.
2yo bay colt, Recorder / Rebecca Romero (Exceed And Excel)
Sporting Icon is from the first crop of Recorder, who was a talented juvenile for H.M. The Queen. This colt looks like he too will be a relatively precocious sort, as he is strong and compact and has coped with his early training with ease.
2yo bay filly, Passing Glance / Make Music (Acclamation)
By the underrated Passing Glance, who was a Group winner for Park House and has sired many more winners for the yard, Virtuoso is the first foal from six-time Park House winner Make Music. Scopey and athletic, we are excited to see what she can do on the track.
2yo chestnut filly, Charming Thought / Cape Victoria (Mount Nelson)
A half-sister to the good stayer Table Mountain and from the second crop of Middle Park winner Charming Thought, Whimsy has taken a little time to come to hand but is from a family of later developers and is now doing well.