The Coral Champions Club announced today that it has added Jonjo O’Neill to its rosta of trainers, with the purchase of Annie Mc, a four year old mare by Mahler, who is in training at Jackdaws Castle.
Jonjo O’Neill joins Tim Vaughan and Coin Tizzard as trainers of Coral Champions Club horses for the forthcoming season, with Colin Tizzard training Battle of Ideas and Tim Vaughan training the un-raced Champions Club.
The Coral Champions Club, is a free-to-join Racing Club where members receive weekly newsletters containing updates on the Club horses, as well as exclusive interviews with a variety of trainers, jockeys and owners. They also receive ambassador blogs by Joe Tizzard, Jim Crowley and Tom Scudamore, Tipster competitions, and competitions to win the chance to experience owning the Club horses each time they run.
The Coral Champions Club has a dedicated website at coralchampionsclub.co.uk which is also accessible on mobile phones. All three trainers will be providing weekly video updates and photographs so that Club members receive a fully insightful and immersive ownership experience.
“We launched the Coral Champions Club back in 2012 and it has proved enormously successful both in terms of winners on the track as well as the positive engagement and feedback we get from the thousands of active Club members. It’s a genuine point of difference from other betting operators and we are keen to recruit even more members over the coming months,” said Simon Clare.
“We have had 15 winners from 75 runners in the Coral Champions Club colours and over 300 members have enjoyed the racehorse owner experience over the last six years. We start this season with three high quality jumpers, with Battle of Ideas going chasing, and Annie Mc and Champions Club starting out over hurdles,” added Clare.
Jonjo O’Neill, said today “I’m delighted to be training for the Coral Champions Club. Annie Mc is a lovely mare. She’s big and strong and is going to make a really nice chaser, but we’ll be starting her off over hurdles this season. She’s doing everything we’ve asked of her at home and she’s schooled well. She’ll want a bit of rain before she runs but she’s ready to go and will give Club members a lot of fun.”
Tim Vaughan will also be training his first Coral Champions Club runner, and has the added pressure of the horse running in the Club’s name. He said today, “Champions Club has summered really well and is going nicely on the gallops handling everything that we’ve asked of him. He’s one of our nicest youngsters and I’m very much looking forward to seeing him on the track.
“He should be ready to run by the end of October, but we just want to see some rain. We will also have a think whether to start in a bumper or go straight over hurdles. I’d be tempted to take the latter route as he’s schooling really nicely”
Battle of Ideas will be embarking on his third season as a Coral Champions Club horse and having tasted success over hurdles last year, is graduating to the bigger obstacles this term. Joe Tizzard said today, “Battle of Ideas has strengthened up over the summer and is looking fantastic. He’s schooled really well and we are looking forward to seeing him over fences. Like everyone we are waiting for some rain but he’ll be ready as soon as it comes”