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The History of Elite Racing Club

Elite Racing Club has enjoyed immense success since the Club was launched at the end of 1992. The Club has so far achieved over 400 wins on the Flat and over Jumps across the United Kingdom, in Ireland and France.


The first horse to be purchased was the steeple-chaser, LUMBERJACK (trained by Charles Egerton), who set the ball rolling as our first-ever runner at Newton Abbot in January 1993, where he finished a respectable second. Within a month of that debut, we had chalked up our first winner with our second purchase, KABAYIL (Charles Egerton), who won a mares' novices' hurdle at Plumpton. This was our first milestone, and the relatively small membership was thrilled. Nobody had any idea that it would be the start of one of the biggest success stories in British horseracing.

In March 1993 things started to become more ambitious and the quality chaser STIRRUP CUP (Charles Egerton) was purchased, and rewarded our faith with the Club's first high-profile win. He won the Singer & Friedlander Chase at Uttoxeter, which was the feature race of the meeting and was televised live on Channel 4 Racing.

However, it wasn't until the following season that the Club's boldest early purchase was made, in the form of emerging National Hunt sensation, MYSILV (Charles Egerton), who had won the previous season's Triumph Hurdle for David Nicholson. She was owned by the Million In Mind Partnership, whose policy it was to sell every horse they had at the end of the season. Mysilv cost £162,750 - a world record price for a National Hunt horse in training, making the news headline material for the racing media. Mysilv also raised the profile of trainer Charles Egerton, and she went on to record our first Graded win in the valuable Champion Hurdle trial, the Tote Gold Trophy at Newbury (now the Betfair Hurdle).


After an anxious wait to see the Club's new purchase run at Kempton's Boxing Day meeting in December 1994, the race proved a surprising anti-climax, as Mysilv finished last of the six runners in the Christmas Hurdle. Despite this poor display, Charles Egerton was convinced this huge investment would pay off, and how right he was. Just a few weeks later, she won at Cheltenham, steered home by Norman Williamson. Mysilv continued to raise the profile of the Club throughout her career, winning several races, and most notably coming a close second to Cyborgo in the Stayers' Hurdle, just two days after finishing sixth in the Champion Hurdle. She later went on to finish runner-up in the French Champion Hurdle at Auteuil, watched by a coach-load of Members who had made the journey to the beautiful Parisian venue.

Developing a breeding programme seemed to be a natural progression for the Club, to help find another star, and to combat the crazy prices paid for yearlings at the sales. However, this was new territory, and the management team were understandably cautious prior to investing in the project. In December 1993, the Club purchased a mare named CORMAN STYLE, who was in foal to Primo Dominie. Her price tag was a mere £5,775, and she was sent to Maurice Camacho, a reputable trainer/breeder in Malton, North Yorkshire. We discovered she could not have been in better hands, and until his retirement, Maurice's nurturing talents were fundamental in the development of the breeding programme.

In April 1994, the Club's first homebred foal was born. The filly foal was named DOMINO STYLE, and she immediately added a new dimension to the membership package. Members could see this foal being raised throughout her career, from the first few months of life right through to running on the racecourse. Her career from day one was described with a great narrative by Maurice Camacho, whose excellent reports graced the magazine for 20 years, until he handed over the reins of his breeding operation to his daughter, Julie. This new interest available to Members meant that the Club was now able to provide an all-round interest in the horseracing industry, which appealed to a large percentage of the membership.

Stately Favour

Domino Style finished unplaced three times and was soon retired in 1997; so another, better-quality broodmare was added to the breeding programme. DIXIE FAVOR was purchased in foal to Statoblest and, in March 1998, the result of this covering was named STATELY FAVOUR (trained by Julie Camacho). Stately Favour created another major milestone for the Club when he won at Southwell, ridden by the late Lindsay Charnock. Achieving our first homebred Club winner was a huge boost for our fledgling breeding programme, which was some compensation for the tragic news suffered just over a year earlier, when Mysilv had died as a result of a freak accident on the gallops. Mysilv had, naturally, always been considered a potential broodmare by the Club, so her loss was monumental. However, on the back of Stately Favour's breakthrough win, we were keen to see more winners emerge from the breeding programme; so we set about further improving the quality of the broodmares.

Meanwhile, one of our yearling purchases, KALINKA (Paul Cole), achieved a rating of 86 on the Flat after winning her maiden, and went on to finish fourth in a Listed race. The decision was made to introduce her to our breeding programme, which proved a pivotal move in Club history and would earn the Club international recognition.


Kalinka's second offspring was the brilliant superstar filly, SOVIET SONG (James Fanshawe). Between 2002 and 2006, she captivated Elite Racing Club Members with brilliant performances, winning nine races from 19 starts, including five wins at Group 1 level, and was the Club's first Classic runner when she finished fourth in the 1,000 Guineas in 2003. Her £1,168,670 prize money was distributed amongst delighted Club Members. She took us to places that neither the management nor Club Members could ever have dreamt of going, starting with her first Group 1 win in the Fillies' Mile at Ascot as a two-year-old. Soviet Song failed to win as a three-year-old, but returned the following year and was, quite simply, incredible. After two surprising defeats in the spring, she won four of her next five races, including the Falmouth Stakes (after a neck defeat in the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot), the Sussex Stakes, and the Matron Stakes in Ireland. She returned to win the Falmouth Stakes again the following year, before winning the Windsor Forest Stakes at Royal Ascot in her final season.

Kalinka remarkably also produced a Grade 1 winner with her next foal, and at the same time provided the Club with its first Cheltenham Festival winner. When she produced a colt by Pennekamp in 2001, we named him PENZANCE (trained by James Fanshawe and then Alan King). He was a winner first time out for Newmarket trainer James Fanshawe, who had handled his half-sister Soviet Song so successfully. It was the switch from the Flat to hurdles that would give the Club another high-profile winner, as Penzance progressed through the ranks with finesse to win the ultra-competitive Triumph Hurdle in 2005.

Dancing Bay

Always playing second fiddle to our star performers was a colt out of our very first winner, Kabayil, who was very versatile on the racecourse. The highlights of DANCING BAY's Flat career were when finishing fourth in the Group 1 Prix du Cadran on Arc day at Longchamp, when just beaten in the Group 2 Lonsdale Stakes at York's Ebor meeting, and when finishing second at Royal Ascot. His finest hour over hurdles came when finishing second in the Coral Cup at the Cheltenham Festival, when trained by Nicky Henderson. He was trained at Seven Barrows during the latter part of his career, having begun life and his training career with the Camachos in Malton, where he was bred. Dancing Bay retired in 2007 as the winner of 11 races, and achieved the remarkable feat of winning on the Flat, over hurdles and over fences; he notched up his chase win at Fakenham, in his final season of training. Dancing Bay is now happily retired at our EquiPrep facility, Wiltshire.

Another immensely popular Club horse at this time was NEW SEEKER (trained by Clive Cox), who became our first Royal Ascot winner in 2003, when blazing a lone trail down the far side to land the Britannia Stakes. He returned to Ascot the following month to win the very valuable International Handicap. Two years later, New Seeker returned to Royal Ascot (run at York that year, due to Ascot's redevelopment), and set a strong pace to land the Royal Hunt Cup. He also won three Listed races for the Club, and amassed total prize earnings of nearly £400,000.

Complimenting the Kalinka line, FFESTINIOG (trained by Paul Cole) emerged as our most consistent broodmare, with a most phenomenal record. Her second foal, EISTEDDFOD (Paul Cole), won twelve races, which remained a Club record for 10 years until August 2019. In a lengthy and glittering career, Eisteddfod's greatest hour came in the Group 3 Prix De Meautry in 2005, as well as two further wins in Listed races. Other members of his family include BRECON BEACON (Paul Cole), who was placed at Royal Ascot on two occasions, and BORDER PATROL (Roger Charlton). Border Patrol's career was sadly cut short with soundness issues, but not before he had won two Listed races and the Group 3 Solonaway Stakes at the Curragh in 2009. Ffestiniog foaled ten individual winners from eleven foals during her superb career, so it was fitting that one of her sons, LLEWELLYN, should become the Club's 300th winner - and also our 100th homebred winner - in 2012.

After the retirement of Eisteddfod and Border Patrol, it was DANDINO (trained by James Given/James Fanshawe) that flew the flag for the Club at the highest level. He first came to the attention of the wider racing fraternity in 2010, when winning at Epsom on Derby day. He supplemented this popular success with a Royal Ascot win in the King George V Handicap, before lining up for the St Leger at Doncaster. He failed to stay the distance at that stage of his career, but earned an invitation to the Japan Cup, something his trainer, James Given, was keen to exploit. Dandino finished just out of the money in the £4m race, but was hardly disgraced, being beaten just six lengths. The following season, he won the Group 2 Jockey Club Stakes at Newmarket and trained by James Fanshawe, he went on to win the Group 3 September Stakes and was narrowly beaten in the Canadian International at Woodbine. Dandino showed incredible longevity throughout his career, which ended in 2015 for new owners in Australia, where he now stands as a stallion.

The same season as Dandino became our second runner in a Classic, MARLINKA emerged as a talented two-year-old with a thrilling burst of speed. Trained by Roger Charlton, she won three races at two, including a Listed race in France, and retired to the Club's breeding programme the following season. Her first foal, JUDICIAL (Roger Charlton/Julie Camacho), also had plenty of speed. He was unbeaten in three starts as a two-year-old, and in 2019 surpassed Eisteddfod as the Club's winning-most horse, winning 18 times by the time he retired in 2023. The highlight wins of his lengthy and glittering career include the Group 3 Coral Charge at Sandown, the Group 3 Chipchase Stakes at Newcastle, the Listed Queensferry Stakes at Chester (twice), the Listed Beverley Bullet, and the Listed Golden Rose Stakes on the all-weather at Lingfield. In 2013, our homebred half-sister to Dandino, DOYLY CARTE (trained by Donald McCain), won her biggest race, a Listed hurdle for mares at Cheltenham's April meeting, after looking promising in the early part of her career.

Although Kalinka sadly passed away in 2014, her legacy continued through the Group 1 winner RIBBONS (trained by James Fanshawe). Ribbons was a grand-daughter of Kalinka, out of Soviet Song's ill-fated sister, SISTER ACT (James Fanshawe), who had always been held in the highest regard, but niggling soundness issues prevented her from fulfilling her potential. She managed a solitary maiden win during her own career, but Ribbons was a different story. She remained unbeaten in her first four runs, before progressing from finishing third in a Listed race and being beaten in a handicap to winning the Group 1 Prix Jean Romanet at Deauville's August meeting under Frankie Dettori. Ribbons was then just beaten in the Prix de l'Opera on Arc day at Longchamp. Ribbons added the Group 2 Blandford Stakes to her CV in 2015, having run superbly in defeat in the Group 1 Pretty Polly Stakes at The Curragh behind Diamondsandrubies and the three-year-old filly of the year, Legatissimo.

There was further excitement for the Club when ZEST (James Fanshawe) became the first winner out of Club broodmare, AFFINITY. Affinity was a half-sister to Soviet Song and Penzance by the legendary Sadler's Wells. Affinity won a maiden, and was placed several times for Sir Henry Cecil in a fairly brief career, before joining the breeding programme in 2011. Zest won a maiden in the autumn of 2015, and became the Club's 350th winner when victorious in a fillies' handicap at Nottingham during the summer of 2016.

While Judicial was an enduringly high-class ambassador for Marlinka's talents as a broodmare, her best progeny was undoubtedly the superstar filly, MARSHA, trained by Sir Mark Prescott. The master of Heath House produced the then-two-year-old Marsha late in the summer of 2015 to win two races, before she finished third against older, seasoned sprinters on the all-weather at Dundalk. In 2016, once dropped back to five furlongs, Marsha revealed incredible speed when winning two Listed races and the Group 1 Prix de l'Abbaye at Chantilly, in front of a crowd of Club Members who had travelled to watch the entire Arc de Triomphe meeting. Marsha became the Club's third individual Group 1 winner, joining the illustrious pair Soviet Song and Ribbons. All three fillies were homebred by the Club, and Marsha's half-sister, MARSEILLE (Julie Camacho) has recently joined the Club's breeding programme.

A more experienced homebred horse who provided plenty of entertainment over his career with the Club is MAN OF HARLECH (Andrew Balding/Jim Boyle), who ran a career-best to finish fourth in the remarkably competitive Cambridgeshire Handicap at Newmarket in 2015. This son of Ffestiniog finished fifth in the Lincoln at Doncaster, and later went on to represent the Club at Royal Ascot, before retiring at the end of 2018 and embarking on a second career in dressage. Another regular runner at the Royal Meeting was TOP TUG (Alan King), who was originally bought as a hurdler, but ran 28 of his 37 starts on the Flat. Top Tug racked up four wins on the Flat and one over hurdles, but his finest hour arguably came when finishing fourth in the Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes at Royal Ascot, though he was also placed at Listed level. A big, flashy chesnut with a blaze and four white socks, Top Tug was always easy to spot on the racecourse, and his distinctive looks and sweet nature made him a favourite with Members and stable staff alike. He retired from racing in late 2019.

Sister Act's final foal, TRIBUTE ACT (James Fanshawe), won on her debut, and achieved black type by finishing second in the Group 2 Duke Of Cambridge Stakes at Royal Ascot. She has since joined the Club's breeding programme. We hope that she will prove, in time, to be a worthy successor for her mother.

Further Club history was made in 2021 when the Paul Nicholls-trained TULIN registered the 400th win achieved by a horse carrying our famous white and black colours. The landmark win was one of two achieved by the progressive Tulin in the 2020/21 season and with further Jumps wins courtesy of multiple Club winners MON FRERE and CONSTANCIO.

In 2023, we were delighted that another homebred from our award-winning breeding programme should achieve winning black type on the racecourse. The Sir Mark Prescott-trained TIFFANY was highly progressive over the course of the season and rounded off her campaign in fine style when she landed a Listed fillies' race at Hanover, Germany, in early September.

We are sure that you will agree as Elite Racing Club recently celebrated 30 years of operation, the foundations are firmly in place for another 30 years of success on the racecourse. The Club boasts a superb pedigree and a proven winner-finding track record that should stand us in good stead for the next generation.

Group & Listed Winners

From humble beginnings to the dizzy heights of winners at the highest level

  • Tiffany

    17/09/23 - Hanover

    Grosser Preis der Privatbank (Listed)

  • Judicial

    01/08/21 - Chester

    Listed Queensferry Stakes (Class 1)

  • Judicial

    10/08/20 - Chester

    Queensferry Stakes (Listed)

  • Judicial

    27/06/20 - Newcastle

    Chipchase Stakes (Group 3)

  • Judicial

    16/11/19 - Lingfield

    Golden Rose Stakes (Listed)

  • Judicial

    31/08/19 - Beverley

    Beverley Bullet Sprint (Listed)

  • Judicial

    07/07/18 - Sandown

    Coral Charge (Group 3)

  • Elgin

    17/02/18 - Wincanton

    The Kingwell Hurdle (Grade 2)

  • Elgin

    19/11/17 - Cheltenham

    The Unibet Greatwood Hurdle (Grade 3)

  • Elgin

    04/11/17 - Ascot

    William Hill Handicap Hurdle (Listed)

  • Marsha

    25/08/17 - York

    The Coolmore Nunthorpe (Group 1)

  • Marsha

    06/05/17 - Newmarket

    Group 3 Palace House Stakes (Class 1) 5f

  • Marsha

    02/10/16 - Chantilly

    Group 1 Prix de l'Abbaye de Longchamp

  • Marsha

    09/07/16 - York

    City Walls Stakes (Listed) 5f

  • Marsha

    18/06/16 - Ayr

    The Land O'Burns Fillies' Stakes (Listed) 5f

  • Ribbons

    13/09/15 - The Curragh

    Moyglare Jewels Blandford Stakes (Class 1) (Group 2) 1m 2f

  • Ribbons

    24/08/14 - Deauville, France

    Darley Prix Jean Romanet (Group 1) (Fillies & Mares) (Class 1) 1m 2f

  • Ribbons

    19/04/14 - Kempton

    Betfred Mobile Lotto Snowdrop Fillies' Stakes (Listed race) (Class 1) 1m

  • Doyly Carte

    18/04/13 - Cheltenham

    Thoroughbred Breeders' Association Mares' Novices' Hurdle (Listed)

  • Dandino

    08/09/12 - Kempton

    Betfred September Stakes (Group 3)

  • Dandino

    30/04/11 - Newmarket

    Qipco Jockey Club Stakes (Group 2)

  • Marlinka

    21/07/10 - Vichy

    Prix des Reves d’Or (Listed)

  • Border Patrol

    13/09/09 - Curragh (IRE)

    Solonaway Stakes (Group 3)

  • Border Patrol

    28/05/09 - Sandown

    Heron Stakes (Listed)

  • Border Patrol

    15/05/09 - Newbury

    Carnarvon Stakes (Listed)

  • Eisteddfod

    13/09/07 - Sandown

    Fujitsu Fortune Stakes (Listed)

  • New Seeker

    28/04/07 - Leicester

    Leicestershire Stakes (Listed)

  • New Seeker

    30/09/06 - Redcar

    Guisborough Stakes (Listed)

  • Soviet Song

    21/06/06 - Royal Ascot

    Windsor Forest Stakes (Group 2)

  • New Seeker

    16/09/05 - Newbury

    Dubai Duty Free Cup (Listed)

  • Eisteddfod

    28/08/05 - Deauville, France

    Prix de Meautry - Lucien Barriere (Group 3)

  • Soviet Song

    05/07/05 - Newmarket

    UAE Falmouth Stakes (Group 1)

  • Penzance

    18/03/05 - Cheltenham Festival

    JCB Triumph Hurdle (Grade 1)

  • Penzance

    26/02/05 - Kempton

    Racing Post ‘100 Favourite Racehorses’ Juvenile Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 2)

  • Kadount

    19/02/05 - Wincanton

    Kingmaker Novices’ Chase (Grade 2)

  • Soviet Song

    11/09/04 - Leopardstown

    Coolmore Matron Stakes (Group 1)

  • Soviet Song

    28/07/04 - Goodwood

    Cantor Odds Sussex Stakes (Group 1)

  • Soviet Song

    06/07/04 - Newmarket

    UAE Equestrian & Racing Falmouth Stakes (Group 1)

  • Soviet Song

    22/05/04 - Curragh

    Ridgewood Pearl Stakes (Group 2)

  • Soviet Song

    28/09/02 - Ascot

    Meon Valley Stud Fillies’ Mile (Group 1)

  • Soviet Song

    10/08/02 - Newmarket

    Newmarket Milcars Sweet Solera Stakes (Listed)

  • Ffestiniog

    25/10/97 - Newbury

    Radley Stakes (Listed Race)

  • Mysilv

    20/01/96 - Haydock

    Haydock Park Champion Hurdle Trial (Grade 2)

  • Mysilv

    11/02/95 - Newbury

    Tote Gold Trophy Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3)