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elite racing club future success,” explains Downie. “The plan was to introduce a couple of mares, as much as we could afford at the time – and I have to say we have been very fortuate. “Luckily those two mares have brought us such success [Kalinka and Ffestiniog] and it is amazing how it’s worked out really. “If you speak to any of the members, the majority of them would agree that probably the most enjoyable aspect of the Club is the fact that they can follow a horse through from mating plans to the racecourse, and in some cases, back to the paddocks too. “They get to understand and learn about the selection of a stallion, the mare in-foal and the foaling itself,” he smiles, continuing: “Through the stud visits many of the members have pictures of the horses as foals all the way through to winning a Group 1.” Kalinka, who cost 23,000gns as a breezeup, was a pivotal purchase. “She was from a very nice family, her dam One of the first notable horses in Club-ownership was the purchased hurdling filly Mysilv. She is seen here ridden by jockey-turned-trainer Jamie Osborne

That Group 1-winning feeling: the Sir Mark Prescott-trained Marsha wins the Group 1 Nunthorpe Stakes and becomes the third top level homebred winner for Elite Racing Club

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