Since 2012 the Coral Champions Club has been on a mission to get people to the races to join in the shared enjoyment of owning their very own racehorse for free.
Coral created the innovative Coral Champions Club with the ambition of promoting and further supporting British and Irish horse racing, while also helping give people the opportunity to experience something they may never get the chance to do by themselves.
And with the likes of Bon Chic and Template flying the flag with such distinction for the Coral Champions Club in recent seasons there have been plenty of chances for those people experiencing the ownership thrill to get the ultimate pleasure of owning a winner as well. Striking a bet and watching your horse race is something every customer experiences with a bookmaker, but that tangible and exclusive benefit of being able to see and feel things on the inside of the sport as an owner is what the Coral Champions Club delivers. Whether it is your first visit to a racecourse or you have experienced ownership before, nothing matches the anticipation before a race, discussing tactics and plans with trainers and jockeys in the paddock beforehand and then celebrating afterwards. The Coral Champions Club delivers this whole experience and more.
The experience starts at home with the horses placed in the care of top trainers Dan Skelton, Harry Fry and Colin Tizzard; not only people who are among the best around, but those who want to help bring ownership to a wider audience and engage members of the Coral Champions Club with the horses. These include exclusive stable visits for members, regular and thorough updates on the horses and running plans as well as the chance to interact at the races. Each trainer is ambitious, open and friendly so matches the philosophy of the Coral Champions Club. They, like us, want every member to have a real experience of ownership.
Having started with Flat horses, a switch to owning jumpers in 2014 proved the catalyst for an upswing in success for the Coral Champions Club and dreams of owning runners at the Cheltenham, Aintree and Punchestown festivals have never been far away since, especially after Bon Chic took members to Cheltenham in April 2016.
While the updates, stable visits and other benefits are obvious pluses to joining the Coral Champions Club, it is at the races where membership comes into its own. Members are entered into a prize draw a week before a Coral Champions Club horse is due to run with the winners selected at random to have the full ownership experience. This includes tickets and a meal with other Club members where the excitement of the day ahead is discussed, before heading down to the paddock to get the latest from connections and then, hopefully, receiving the winner’s trophy after the race. A few glasses of champagne have never gone amiss in the past as well.
What makes all of this extra special is that anyone with a Coral account can apply to come racing, for free, and on the day of the race you will mix and mingle with passionate racing fans from all walks of life who are all there for a good time. After all, isn’t that what racing is all about?
With the Coral Champions Club expanding and building on the success of recent years there will be plenty more chances for unforgettable free days at the races for members, informative and exciting stable visits, up-to-the-minute information on plans and exclusive content and offers you will not get anywhere else.
What started as a mission to promote horse racing and get people to the racecourse to experience the joys of being an owner has blossomed into an ambitious and exciting racing partnership.
Big festivals and big successes are now the dream and you could be there as part of it today with the all-free Coral Champions Club.
Southwell: June 7, 2016 – Bon Chic
There was to be one last hurrah for the mighty Bon Chic during her time with the Coral Champions Club, and typically she produced a swaggering performance when winning.
We knew she liked Southwell and we knew she liked decent ground and we knew she was capable of producing performances of high class. On this day she had her conditions and she was all class all the way through.
Her winning distance was six lengths in the end and it could have been more such was her authority on the day. In was another happy occasion she had brought her owners for the day and it is just the occasion we want to bring to many more people over the coming years.
Cheltenham: April 14, 2016 – Bon Chic
The ambition of the Coral Champions Club is to give members the chance to get experiences that are normally only reserved for some of the biggest names in horse racing, and owning a runner at Cheltenham is as exclusive as it gets in jump racing.
Bon Chic’s target since her very first run over fences five months before was the Listed mares’ chase final at Cheltenham and Dan Skelton has plotted her course there perfectly giving the Coral Champions Club the chance to get on the inside at the home of jumping.
Club members had the extra excitement of meeting Gold medalist Nick Skelton before the race to cap a special day which whet the appetite for more days at Cheltenham and hopefully runners at the Festival as well.
Fakenham: March 18, 2016 – Bon Chic
Having a runner on Cheltenham Gold Cup day is an ambition for any owner, and while the Festival is where the Coral Champions Club aim to be one day we were more than happy to be in action with Bon Chic at Fakenham.
Hope was high of victory for Bon Chic after her excellent second to Grade 1-winner Bristol De Mai on her previous start and she did not disappoint as she cantered to a magnificent 37-length success in what we like to think was the best performance of Gold Cup day!
It was extra special for her trainer Dan Skelton who had claimed his first Cheltenham Festival success only a few minutes earlier with Superb Story in the County Hurdle – a success that was generously cheered on by Coral Champions Club members.
Huntingdon: December 6, 2015 – Template and Bon Chic
Our most successful day ever and one we will always remember. Both Template and Bon Chic were in action and both were in with big chances so expectations were high.
The Coral Champions Club was strongly represented at Huntington with two competitions run to be an owner for a day and those lucky enough to attend were rewarded when Template battled to victory in a 2m handicap hurdle for Harry Fry and jockey Liam McKenna. The Club members were so delighted with McKenna that he received a hearty round of applause when he joined them in the owners’ box after the race.
Bon Chic also ran with a huge amount of credit to be second to the highly-regarded Kalane in a 2m4f mares’ novices’ chase. Her performance fired dreams of bigger and better things in the spring and rounded off a day that will live long in the memory.
Market Rasen: November 5, 2015 – Template
Owning racehorses gives you highs you cannot match and the feeling when everything comes together on the course after positive past runs and home reports is something special.
Template was a horse we loved from the moment we saw him, but it took him a few goes to transfer what he had been doing at home on to the course. But when it came right it came right in style.
Pitched into a handicap hurdle for the first time under Liam McKenna, Template was always to the fore and determinedly ran on to grab a first victory in the Coral Champion Club colours and sparked an afternoon of celebration for his owners.
Stratford: April 19, 2015 – Bon Chic
If her first win was good, then her second was even better as Bon Chic scored back-to-back successes after a clever bit of placement by trainer Dan Skelton.
Few owners will ever have the experience of watching a race and being pretty confident their horse is going to win throughout. However, this is what Bon Chic gave her owners for the day as she travelled around like a class act before asserting to win in decisive fashion.
A new career over fences beckoned for Bon Chic and she could not have entered the summer with her owners more delighted. Winning does that for you.
Southwell: March 24, 2015 – Bon Chic
You always remember your first they say, and that is certainly the case with Bon Chic as she became the first jumps horse owned by the Coral Champions Club to win.
The galloping, left-handed track suited Bon Chic down to the ground and she cantered to an easy win, a feat she would go on to repeat, at generous odds of 5-1 as well – a happy day all round.
Described as “different class” on good ground by her trainer Dan Skelton, we knew this would be a horse to keep us excited throughout her time with us.