Have you ever watched a pulsating, gripping finish up the Cheltenham hill and thought to yourself ‘I wish I could be involved in that’? Well, with the Coral Champions Club you can.
Since 2012 the Coral Champions Club has been giving members the chance to experience the exclusive and privileged position of being a racehorse owner. And it is all for free.
The concept is simple: Coral want to get as many people as they can owning their own horse and having the opportunity to have a greater involvement in the sport they love, without the cost.
But that is not enough. Members of the Coral Champions Club also benefit from exclusive content, racecourse hospitality, regular and thorough updates on their horses, behind the scenes stable visits, plus the chance to speak to their trainers and see their horses in action at home. That gives members the real ownership experience – and then some!
Of course the horses and the trainers are important too. In that respect, the Coral Champions Club has already been hugely successful and there is so much more to come.
Having started with Flat horses, the Coral Champions Club moved exclusively into owning jumps horses in 2014 and has not looked back. Multiple winners Template, Bon Chic, Churchtown Champ and Innocent Girl have already carried the Club’s silks with distinction.
These successes have resulted into the Coral Champions Club not only expanding the number of horses it has in training, but also the number and quality of trainer. Coral Champions Club horses share the gallops day-to-day with the likes of Cue Card, Thistlecrack and Unowhatimeanharry as Colin Tizzard, Harry Fry and Tim Vaughan are now taking charge of the Club’s horses.
All these trainers are ambitious and share the Coral Champions Club’s philosophy of openness and friendliness. They, like us, want every member to have a real experience of ownership.
It is on the course where the Coral Champions Club really gives owners a special time. 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. Many who come to the track with the Coral Champions Club are having their first opportunity to own a racehorse.
They get 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.
These passionate racing fans are the heart and soul of the Coral Champions Club. Their dreams of winners and glory on the biggest days are matched by us, while all the time making sure they are well informed and given exclusive content and offers not available elsewhere.
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.
More winners, more big days and more big festivals are now the ambition and focus for the Coral Champions Club. Always the best, always inclusive and always for free.
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.