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New family partnership

We are thrilled to have some of Rae's family on board at Chestnut Tree Stables in a new partnership. Three of Rae's sisters and a family friend have joined together the create LADY CECIL & FAMILY and have taken a share in two fillies that Rae purchased at the end of last year. They will run in Lady Cecil's colours which previously belonged to her late husband Sir Henry Cecil. 

The whole family know a thing or two about racing, having been involved in the sport in one capacity or another most of their lives. This includes Lady Cecil's son, James McKeown, who trains in India and has just won the Group 1 Calcutta Derby with Trafalgar this month. Congratulations James!

Back to her favourite track

Roman Spinner made it a double yesterday for Rae and two in a row for her owners Reprobates Too. She was at her favourite track Kempton in the Fillies' Handicap (Class 4) over a mile and achieved her fifth career win. She was her usual brave self leading briefly a furlong out but put back under pressure again before battling to lead in the last 50 yards. She always gives her best and refuses to give in. We love her for her spirit as well as her sweet nature.

 

Arriviste breaks her maiden

This was Arriviste's third race and second time at Chelmsford. She has shown improvement with each run. She travelled nicely throughout the race and responded well when asked to challenge the leader at the 2 furlong marker. Once she got her head in front it was a done deal winning the Maiden Fillies' Stakes (Class 4) (Plus10Bonus) comfortably. She is a nice 3 year old prospect for next year. 

 

Back on the podium

Our little ray of sunshine stormed through to win at Lingfield on Saturday. This was Roman Spinner's fourth career victory having been unlucky in recent contests. They went a decent gallop and Rob Hornby had her nicely set up before she charged through from the back of the field to win in style. To date she has favoured Kempton but Lingfield also seems to suit her well. Let's hope the handicapper isn't too harsh! Her owner's, Reprobates Too, were obviously delighted and very happy with her pilot. Some members also have connections to Cry Havoc and Rob Hornby has helped secure a couple of nice wins for both now.

Mentoring, leadership & teamwork

Congratulations to Lulu Winter for gaining the Level 2 Mentoring, Leadership and Teamwork qualification from West Suffolk College organised by NARS and sponsored by Jenningsbet. It was a 12 week course to train mentors in racing yards to help support and retain staff. "In the same way the Lycetts Team Champions Award has encouraged reflection of what we do well as an organisation and what we can improve on, this mentoring course allowed me to reflect on how I can better support and nurture the staff at Rae Guest Racing to help them reach their full potential" explains Lulu. As an organisation,we take on numerous new graduates from the British Racing School and provide work experience opportunities to youngsters interested in a career in racing. This kind of training can only enhance the support we give these newcomers to the industry as well as our established team.