Your December newsletter should have reached you via e-mail. If we do not hold an e-mail address for you please kindly let us have your e-mail details if you have one. Thank you. If you do not have an e-mail address we will continue to send written newsletters to the end of Scheme (26).
Goodwood Sonnet will spend the next 3 weeks at grass. He will be turned out each morning but will come in at night and be fitted with a warm rug before being fed. This period of rest will do him the world of good both mentally and physically; allowing any aches and pains from the season past to heal and enable him to mature further without the stress of exercise.
Goodwood Rebel has moved to his new home at Kimpton Down Stables under the eye of trainer Ralph Beckett. Once the trainer is happy that our colt has settled in his new surroundings and is riding calmly under saddle; he will join the string of yearlings and embark upon his early training. It is most likely that he will be cantering with the string within a week. We will follow his progress.
Just a reminder that Members of Scheme (26) will each receive their group Metal Badge and Membership Certificate in January. Further information will also be provided as the Scheme progresses. Please note that this Scheme is now closed with no further shares available.
This line will be updated again on Wednesday, 19th December with a report on Goodwood Rebel. In the meantime, enjoy the build up to Christmas, and thank you for receiving the update dated 10th December.
We hope new Members enjoyed their introduction to GROG at Goodwood House on Sunday, 2nd December. The previous day had seen relentless rain yet we were fortunate enough to stage the parade and Raffle Prize Draw on the circle in front of the House in relatively mild and calm conditions.
Goodwood Sonnet was introduced by trainer William Knight who was far from downcast about our horse's prospects for next season. He is likely to be upped in trip and with his current favourable mark of 59 there is every reason to believe that he can be competitive. He will now take a short break at grass before resuming ridden exercise between Christmas and the New Year.
Our new colt by Dandy Man has been named Goodwood Rebel. The name was suggested by new Member Candi Davies who wins a Champagne Lunch for two at Goodwood next season. Introduced by trainer Ralph Beckett, our colt strode out in eye catching fashion in front of the 300-strong crowd. He appears to have a great attitude and is very forward both physically and mentally. The scheme is now closed and our colt will join GROG's new trainer this week. We will follow his progress on a regular basis reporting via our Information Line Service on 01798 865150 and via e-mail to those who have provided us with an address.
Prior to the parade, Chairman Ian Barlow announced the winner of the Naming Competition before making a special presentation to Peter Blencowe. Peter is one of only 3 remaining Members who have participated in every GROG Scheme to date. He has also served on the Board of Management for over 20 years. The Chairman thanked Peter for his long tenure and guidance before announcing that Jan Stirland will take up Peter's place on the Board of Management. Jan will join Richard Wright (also a Director), Paul Nicholson, Elsa Sherwood as well as Ian Barlow (also a Director) and myself (also a Director). Richard Hathaway is GROG's Treasurer.
The Chairman also informed Members of Scheme (24), owners of Goodwood Showman, that they are likely to receive around £265 for their share once all costs and sales expenses have been deducted. Please be reminded that we do need your bank account details to receive these funds which need to be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org . A set of Management Accounts will be circulated in January and payment will be made by Weatherbys at around the same time.
The winner of the Five to Follow Competition was also announced with Bill Vinal taking 3rd place with 99 points; Alison Walrond secured 2nd place with 102 points and the winner being Barbara Falkner with 112 points. Well done to Barbara who wins a £100 voucher.
The Raffle Prize Draw to raise funds as a Christmas bonus for the staff who care for our horses realised £1,330. A huge thank you to everyone for generously supporting the draw. Michael Harris, a new Member to GROG who will be undertaking the task of covering the photography at our events, won first prize of a Private Visit for 2 guests to trainer Ralph Beckett's yard followed by breakfast. Hopefully he will allow us to share his images!
With the annual bloodstock sales behind us and Christmas imminent, life in a training yard takes a short breather. With only a few all-weather horses to race on through the winter, most top yards focus on their new arrivals; breaking the yearlings and riding them away before getting to know them. Each morning a trainer will observe his new stock and try to familiarise himself with their pedigree, foaling date and character. It is a fascinating and enjoyable period. The staff will share duties over the Christmas period where there is always a lovely atmosphere. Invariably my first good wish on Christmas morning comes from trainer's wife Maureen Haggas messaging 'Good morning; horses don't know its Christmas & thank you for being a friend' at around 6am! It always makes me smile.
Membership Certificates and Metal Badges for Scheme (26) will be circulated in late January/early February. Please make sure that we hold your correct title in order to prepare your certificate. Most importantly we are hoping to improve our communication with Members by using a new racing platform called 'The Racing Manager'. Our service will be unique and bespoke to Goodwood. In order to benefit from the new service we need to comply with GDPR regulations and need you to authorise us to contact you via e-mail and through your mobile telephone. Please send an e-mail to: email@example.com simply stating GROG/Name - e-mail address - mobile telephone. This is all we require. Thank you.
Going forward Members will receive their monthly newsletter by e-mail in an effort to reduce the use and cost of stationery and postage. Only those Members who do not hold an e-mail address will receive the newsletter via mail. Twice a year we produce a printed newsletter with photographs from our various events and outings; all Members will receive these via mail.
Next month we will circulate our Social Event Calendar for 2019. It is unusual for these dates to change so you may wish to make a diary note of the events. Each one will be confirmed in future newsletters and therefore there is no need to reserve places on the events until we individually circulate the details. We will also forward an updated copy of our Racing Information Sheet and 'What to do when we have a runner' in the New Year.
In the meantime I look forward to remaining in touch with everyone, and on behalf of the racecourse team wish you all a very Happy Christmas and a successful New Year. We will look forward to welcoming you back to Goodwood in the spring.
Thank you to Members and guests who joined us at Goodwood House for our annual Reception and Lunch on Sunday. It is always a popular occasion with this year 304 attending the Reception and 140 remaining for lunch.
Our Chairman IanBarlow, reported to Members of Scheme (24), owners of Goodwood Showman, that they would each receive circa £265 for their share in the scheme. Given our horse's slightly disappointing sale price, this seems a fair return. He further announced the name of the Dandy Man colt for Scheme (26); this being Goodwood Rebel, selected by Candi Davies. Well done to Candi who receives a Champagne Lunch for two at Goodwood Racecourse next season as her prize.
We also announced the winner of this season's Five-to-Follow Competition with success going to Barbara Falkner with 112 points. Congratulations to Barbara who wins a £100 voucher.
Both Goodwood Sonnet and Goodwood Rebel paraded in front of the Membership overseen by their respective trainers, William Knight and Ralph Beckett. We can look forward to seeing these horses in training in the spring.
Members of Scheme (26) will each receive their group Metal Badge and Membership Certificate in January. Further information will also be provided as the Scheme progresses. Please note that this Scheme is now closed with no further shares available.
Special thanks must go to everyone who contributed to our Raffle Prize Draw with almost £1,400 having been raised for the staff that care for our horses as a Christmas bonus. On their behalf thank you very much indeed.