A Win For the Raffles Syndicate

A super first win for Raffles Angel and the Raffles Syndicate at Ripon under Darragh Keenan on Sunday 19th May.

She was drawn 8 of 14 runners and made a good start, leading from 2f out and kept on well to win.

Congratulations to all connections and the team at Chestnut Tree Stables.




Volto di Medusa wins for the Twilight Zone Syndicate

Volto di Medusa won first time out at Bath yesterday for his new trainer Rae Guest, over 1m under Callum Shepherd.  Volto di Medusa (3 year old) is one of three horses owned by a new syndicate called The Twilight Zone Syndicate, which includes two 2 year olds, one by Cracksman and another by Kameko.  We still have one share available.

Drawn 8 of twelve runners, Volto di Medusa tracked the leaders, switched right and went second over 1f out.  He stayed on to lead inside the final furlong and held on to win.

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Steve Lodge

We received some sad news this week. Our former Head Lad Steve Lodge passed away peacefully on Wednesday at home with Megan at his side.

Lodgie had spent his whole life in racing. He started at 17 years old with David Morely at Timworth near Bury St Edmunds before taking over there as Head Lad in the 1980’s. He rode professionally over hurdles and fences and then trained under his own licence in South Africa for many years. Eventually, Lodgie returned to the UK and took over from John Wilsoncroft as Rae’s Head Lad in 2011. He cared deeply for the horses and looked after them and the yard immaculately. He was a wonderful Head Lad and we missed him when he retired in 2021.

However, he and his partner Megan had a new adventure in their sights which involved moving back to South Africa and buying a property next to a lake where Lodgie could enjoy his fishing. He and Megan married recently and our thoughts are with Megan at this difficult time. He will be very much missed.

Winning image

We are delighted to announce that Lulu Winter won 'People's Choice - Best Photo' at the NARS Equine Photography Awards last week with this image. Lulu, who is our Bookkeeper and formally Racing Secretary, was part of a cohort of students on the Intermediate Equine Photography Course.
The students were sent on four location shoots during the course last year, one of which was at a yard in Newmarket where this image was taken.



Linda Murphy is a winner to us

We want to wish Linda Murphy our Racing Secretary good luck at tonight's Thoroughbred Industry Employee Awards. She will be lining up to meet Princess Ann with all the other finalists at Ascot Racecourse this evening for the award ceremony. Rae and Rachel will be there to cheer her on along with family and friends. Linda is a finalist in the Dedication category having spent her whole working life in the industry. She is already a winner to us just for getting shortlisted as a finalist but we are keeping everything cross for her tonight.

We would also like to thank the organisers of Thoroughbred Industry Employee Awards, which is sponsored by Godolphin, for highlighting the wonderful work the staff do to keep the racing show on the road.