Santa's helpers

The team having a bit of festive fun this morning. Their jolly demeanor definitely brightened up  a rather damp, cold and dull day. 

We would like to wish all our owners and suppliers a wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year. We look forward to a successful 2018.



The first of many good landings

The Eagle's Nest made a very good job of his first run with the yard winning the Handicap at Chelmsford City yesterday.  The prize pot also came with a nice little extra bonus for the owners from the ROA Owner's Jackpot. The gelding was a bit keen in the early stages but Martin Harley managed to get him settled behind the leaders before pulling him out wide after the 2 furlong marker. Never looked back from there, taking the lead 150 yards from the finish. 

The Eagle Has Landed Syndicate bought The Eagle's Nest a few weeks ago at Tattersalls Autumn HIT Sales and have certainly got off to a good start.He has settled in nicely at Chestnut Tree Stables and gets on well with his rider Charlotte Clayton who is also our Travelling Head Lass. 

Show Stealer coming back to form

We were delighted to see Show Stealer show a bit more of her form yesterday at Lingfield when she won the Fillies Handicap Stakes (Class 4). She did it in style, running a good race. She has been a bit unlucky this year but, as Rae mentioned in his interview after the race, she beat Marsha on her first run in 2016 so she has ability, she just needs everything to go right for her. Fortunately, yesterday it did even though she was carrying top weight. Martin Harley was back on board giving her a great ride.

Congratulations to our lovely owner Mr Colin Joseph who sadly couldn't be there to see her success but he was delighted with the result. 

It was actually a double-success yesterday as Show Stealer won Best Turned Out as well. Congratulations to her groom Charlotte Tudor for making her look so good. This is about the 20th Best Turned Out for the yard this year which isn't a bad rate of return!!

Lycetts Team Champion Award

It's easy to take all the good things we do at Rae Guest Racing for granted so when we were asked by the National Trainers Federation to participate in their new initiative The Lycetts Team Champion Awards it reminded us that, over the years, we have actually had a ground breaking approach to positive staff management and training.

Back in 2002, we were the first trainer’s yard of 26,000 businesses nationally to achieve Investors In People accreditation. We also got a National Training Award for the East of England in the same year.  It’s so long ago that we almost forgot what a massive achievement that was!

Completing the Nomination Form for Lycetts Team Champions has made us all realise that we do a lot right to ensure a positive and safe environment. It also helped us put our thinking caps on to see what we could do even better!

The Lycetts Team Champion Award is underpinned by the NTF’s new Industry Standard called The Winning Approach, which helps identify the best ways to engage and motivate staff. The results of the 2017 nominations will be announced in February 2018. Fingers crossed!!

Another win for Roman Spinner

Roman Spinner got her 2nd win on the all-weather at Kempton yesterday with an impressive run from a wide draw. Running in the 7f Nursery Handicap (4:40), she quickened over a  furlong out and had the job done well before the post. This genuine little filly puts her all into her races in workmanlike fashion.

Congratulations to The Reprobates Too who have had fun with the three fillies in this syndicate that Rae set up at the beginning of the year.