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“Winning the valuable sales race at Doncaster was equally special, not just the win but the fact that when we returned to the Weatherbys box they had hosted a lunch for the runners in the race – we were applauded by them all, this in our first year of racing! “We were as green as the turf itself but soon benefitting from the amazing warmth and charity of fellow owners, which was so refreshing and continues to be a great element of our enjoyment in the sport. “The best thing about being an owner is to be part of that wider team, the people involved in the day to day who work so hard and then all those people who have adopted Mr Lupton as their own to follow. “When he has landed the race against all the odds, carrying top weights in handicaps and reeling in horses on much less of a mark is just so special.” As has been rubbing shoulders with the top brass, Mr Lupton having contested four Group 1s to date, and several other Pattern races. “The Group races have made our heads spin,” admits Kershaw. “To see our boy in the parade ring with the likes of Harry Angel, Caravaggio, Tasleet, The Tin Man, Brando and all the other top sprinters last year was something else – a bit like Bradford City making it to the Premiership; you knew they weren’t going to win the league but playing with and seeing all the best teams made it something you wouldn’t have passed up.” Bradford features in Kershaw’s professional, as well as sporting, life. He explains: “I own a food service business called Delifresh, supplying hotels and restaurants throughout the north of England with a comprehensive range of fresh fruits and vegetables, specialist delicatessen goods, dairy and dry stores. “I’ve a great team of people around me and we operate from three centres – Bradford, Widnes and Newcastle.” As for Mr Lupton, he was ready to contest the Wokingham at the time of our chat, a race in which he finished eighth of 28 runners. Kershaw says: “That was the plan from the beginning of the year. We’ve no plans set but he’s in good order and is only five.” Wouldn’t it be good if Mr Lupton could continue his rise up the charts?

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Diary dates and reminders JULY 5 ROA regional meeting at Perth ALL PLACES FILLED JULY 13 Chester Owners Jackpot+ ALL PLACES FILLED

SEPTEMBER 21 Member visit to Cheveley Park and Banstead Manor Studs, Newmarket, with lunch at Palace House OCTOBER 20 Private box at Ascot for British Champions Day

JULY 30-AUGUST 1 Galway Festival – access to AIRO marquee

OCTOBER 24 Owners Jackpot+ at Fontwell

JULY 31-AUGUST 4 Qatar Goodwood Festival Richmond Enclosure badges available until July 13 AUGUST Deauville Festival – selected dates. Access to exclusive owners’ garden lounge facility AUGUST 22 Juddmonte International Stakes at York – private box and hospitality package SEPTEMBER 19 ROA regional meeting at Sandown Park

OCTOBER 30 ROA regional meeting at Chepstow NOVEMBER 1 Ownership Matters event in Edinburgh NOVEMBER 20 ROA regional meeting at Southwell DECEMBER 6 ROA Horseracing Awards See roa.co.uk/events for further details on all the above and to book

Four chances to win a Jackpot race in July There are four chances to win an ROA Owners Jackpot of £2,000 during July, and members in the north and Scotland have the lion’s share of opportunities this month. The chosen races are staged only at courses that have signed up to the racing industry’s prize-money agreement, and as a further incentive to boost owners’ prize-money, the weekly races will be run only at racecourses where there is a guaranteed minimum prize fund of £6,500 per contest (including Appearance Money Scheme and Incentive Race Fund). To qualify, horses must be owned by ROA members. In the case of a racing partnership, the horse needs to be registered as at least 51% in the ownership of ROA members. For horses owned by clubs or syndicates, the majority of the club/ syndicate managers will need to be members of the ROA to qualify.

This month’s Owners Jackpot races July 5, Perth 3m Class 4 4yo+ 0-105 Novices’ Handicap Hurdle July 13, Chester 7f Class 4 3yo+ 0-85 Handicap July 20, Haydock 1m2f Class 5 3yo 0-70 Handicap July 26, Doncaster 6f Class 4 3yo 0-80 Handicap

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