On 11th November 2018 we held our annual Owner Event, this time at the beautiful Sandown Park in their stunning Solario Suite which overlooked the track and final jumps. 140 of our Owners joined us for the day and we are thrilled that so many of you had such a lovely time – thank you for your kind emails (see below!)
The day began with us paying our respects to the fallen heroes and watching the London Parade before our speech got underway. We had numerous winning mementos to distribute courtesy of our horses, and the winning owners can be seen below. Special thanks was given to Marco Botti and his team after 2018 saw HOTSR enjoy our first Group wins with phenomenal Raven’s Lady. Marco assistant trainer and secretary were presented with the fabulous Group 2 winning prize – the Golden Whip – which now takes pride of place on Marco’s mantelpiece!
Racecourse presenter Anthony Kemp then read through Sandown’s thrilling racing card to help owners pick some winners before we conducted our popular Champion Tipster Competition which was won by the lovely Jackie Thwaites (an owner of Waikiki Waves) and we had 3 owners finishing in 2nd place! The 2-course carvery lunch was superb and extremely well managed (as was the whole event) and we cannot thank Sandown Park and their hospitality team enough for such a smooth running day.
We were also joined by trainers Gary Moore and David Menuisier as we promoted their new horses for 2019. Our yearlings by Poet’s Voice and Nathaniel have proved to be very popular thus far, and it comes as no surprise that our un-raced NH horse also caught the eye of many at Sandown!
As well as the glorious weather, the cherry on top of such a successful day had to be the brilliant racing card. Our favourite had to be the Veterans Chase which saw an old favourite Loose Chips (who previously gave such a battle back in 2015 when beaten by our now retired Fruity O’Rooney) secure his 10th victory – congratulations to his connections!
We would like to say a huge thank you to those of you who joined us for an excellent day, we hope you enjoyed the event as much as we did! We are looking forward to our 2019 owner events already!
Thank you so much for a really brilliant day at Sandown. Wonderfully well organised and very very much appreciated. As with everything that needs organising it is always considerable work for a few, and Clive and I would like to thank you very much for everything that you did to make the day go so well.
Wendy Formstone – Owner in Alternate Route
Thank you so much for putting on such a fantastic day at Sandown. It was lovely to meet so many Owners we hadn’t met before. The weather turned out great and the hospitality provided was lovely. It was a real surprise to be picked out for Waikiki Waves winning memento which added to my enjoyment.Overall a fantastic day enjoyed by everyone, well done!!!
Clive Eagle – Owner in Cilaos Glace, Waikiki Waves, Kodiac Lass, Latin Knight & Alternate Route
Just a quick note to say thanks for the fantastic day at Sandown. Clearly a lot of hard work goes into making something like that go so smoothly so well done to all of you at Heart of the South. We both had a really great day there and even the weather relented for us to enjoy the day.
Ian Sadler – Owner in Waikiki Waves
Many thanks for today – good time was had by all the Dales! Lovely to see you both, and Caroline, John and Lynn, too! I know what goes into putting a successful event together from my own work – congratulations and trust you’ll have slept very well tonight!
Nigel Dale – Owner in Good Luck Charm, Aiguillette & Alternate Route