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The Oliver Signy Racing Club was relaunched in September 2023 with the aim of being one of the most competitively priced clubs in the country. By Christmas all three horses in the new club – Decorated, Mad About Sally and Rolling River – had all won races.
By the end of the season we had won a bumper, novice and handicap hurdles, and a handicap chase giving members real variety in the days out racing. In the 2022/23 season were 18 runs from the three horses, operating at 28% strike rate with 50% of all runners placing 1st-3rd. The club guarantees 3 horses running for the racing club so there are plenty of chances to go racing. This season Dave and Bernie, Mad About Sally and Rolling River will be representing the club. The club runs as a membership, so there are no hidden extras and good communication with regular updates through The Racing Manager, which gives each member their own individual log-in on the desktop and app.
Dave and Bernie
Dave and Bernie returns after a lengthy break and is enjoying being back in training with his injury fully healed, having previously won in the club silks. He was purchased at the Goffs Horses in Training sale and won impressively on debut for the yard at Ludlow in October 2020. His next outing at Taunton looks poor on paper but low sun removed all the hurdles except for two in the home run, which didn’t make the best of his excellent jumping. He proved a consistent performer and placed three further times that season at Fontwell, Warwick and Bangor before picking up an injury at Southwell in June 2021. He has been given plenty of time to recover which is why he had an absence of 836 days before returning to the track at Worcester, he hugely enjoyed the run and has retained his old enthusiasm for the game. He will undoubtedly come on for the run after such a lengthy time away and we will look forward to seeing him out again soon.
‘Dave’ will continue handicap hurdling before switching to chasing later in the season, he started his career pointing in Ireland and we have schooled over the full sized fences at home. He’s a tough, consistent performer who loves his racing and has a fantastic jump, he’s a real character who enjoys being cheeky but always tries his hardest on the track.
Mad About Sally
Mad About Sally will continue her chasing campaign, likely aiming at some mares races when the ground is soft enough as she loves the mud. ‘Sally’ was sourced from Ireland by bloodstock agent Marcus Collie, who felt there was interesting form and had already placed in Irish Point-to-Points, so we were confident in her jumping and ability to stay on. She has been a very consistent horse for the yard, so long as it’s muddy she is very versatile with the type of track, coping well with both tighter and galloping courses.
She is tough, consistent mare who placed several times over hurdles for the racing club before winning at Hereford last season. She then won her debut chase at Fontwell in February and placed next time out at Fakenham. Sally is very straightforward at home and should have plenty of confidence going into this season.
Rolling River has grown and filled into his rangy frame since coming to us, originally purchased from Ireland at the Goffs Land Rover sale as an unbacked store horse. In his first season with us he learned his trade and went for a racecourse gallop at Kempton before going back to the field. He has been allowed plenty of time to grow into himself with the patience paying off when he won his debut bumper at Hexham as a four year old. His novice hurdling showed his immaturity, he hated the right handed track at Exeter before then showing a better understanding of racing at Chepstow and Ffos Las. The final run of the season was really pleasing, placing 3rd at Fakenham and showing a big step forward in his racing.
‘Ted’ (named as he was small and fluffy on arrival off the boat!) is a chaser in the making, he will handicap hurdle to continue learning his trade but he will excel over chase fences further in his career. At home Ted really enjoys his work but is a bit of an odd ball, he’s very particular about who and what he likes with food being his top priority!