I have been training racehorses for over thirty years and have been lucky to work in a sport that I love and am passionate about. The sport has changed significantly and I wanted to find new ways to enable more people to enjoy the fun and excitement of being involved in racehorses at an affordable price, as well as supporting my racing yard at Rowdown Stables and everyone in the team here.
It is for this reason that I am setting up The Mark Usher Racing Club which is an exciting opportunity for you to get involved without having the financial pressure of owning a race horse. For only £50 a month you can join the Club and start enjoying a host of benefits as well as supporting the yard.
Benefits to club members:
- Follow the Club horses at home and on the racecourse.
- A free owners badge each time the horse runs. Plus half price badges for family and friends.
- Organised days at the yard, a local stud and other related venues.
- Dedicated webpage which will be updated regularly to keep you informed of everything you want to know.
- Sponsor a race at a local racecourse. This will raise awareness for the Club and there are perks from the course including judging the best turned out.
- Support Greatwood. A wonderful charity caring for ex racehorses. 10% of all prize money won by club horses will be donated to the charity.
To learn more about the Club and how to join please contact us on:
Phone: 01488 72598 or 07831873531
http://www.markusherracing.co.uk – Club launch date 01/05/2016
At any one time The Mark Usher Racing Club may have an interest in several horses in training.There are currently 5 horses running for The Mark Usher Racing Club.
by Milk It Mick ex Smart Ass ( Shinko Forest (Ire) )
As most people who have followed racing for a while know there are lots of highs and lows and if there was ever a single example of this it has to be Miracle Of Medinah who Mark bought for just £3000 from Doncaster in the Autumn of 2012;at £3k you cannot expect too much from his pedigree.
As soon as he began to get into any kind of work it quickly became obvious he was talented. After a couple of quietly progressive outings he won a Lingfield Maiden decisively on his third start.He progressed over the Summer of 2013 with the profile of a class person winning a Conditions race at Salisbury, the Listed Rose Bowl at Newbury and finally ended a splendid season by decisively winning the Group Three Somerville Tattersalls Stakes at Newmarket.
He had entered the betting for the 2014 2000 Guineas and the Yard looked to prepare him for the first Classic by running him in one of the traditional prep races, the seven-furlong Free handicap at Newmarket’s Craven Meeting in April.His two-year-old form gave him a good chance but, whilst the ground might not have been quite ideal and the high class eventual winner, Shifting Power, went on to finish 4th in the Newmarket Guineas and 2nd in the Irish Guineas, he ran only a modest race. You can put a line through one bad run but confidence that he would stay the Rowley mile was dented so the plan to run in the Guineas was shelved.
Mark kept him to 7 furlongs but two more poor runs and the emergence of a bleeding problem left the Yard and his people somewhat deflated. At home the ability seemed as good as ever and the seven furlongs of the Jersey Stakes seemed the right race for him to show his quality on the track again;he didn’t actually run badly but did not make too much of an impact on what was inevitably a high class field;and the hard truth emerged that he was not the horse he was from the previous year.He might have got back on track at Chester in the July of his three year old year when he was an excellent second in a Listed race but from then on his performances over the following sixteen months were affected, some times to a considerable degree and sometimes to a lesser extent, by him bleeding.
His patient Owners gave him a long break and the decision was taken to train him as a five year old;he has performed, for the greater part, creditably over the Summer of 2016 starting the season with a serious performance to finish close up in one of the most competitive of handicaps, the Victoria Cup at Ascot. There have been one or two inconsistent performances since but on the whole he has performed with credit off marks in the 90s in high class handicaps;the performances being witnessed by the failure of the Handicapper to take out much of the lead in his weight cloth;and the even better news is that during 2016 he hasn’t bled.
He was gelded over the 2016/2017 Winter and his patient and generous Owners were delighted with his comeback run in a Thirsk Conditions event at the end of April 2017, finishing a close up fourth behind some high class opposition. He then finished close up in a second run in the Victoria Cup and ran similarly in the Silver Bunbury Cup before gaining a much deserved success in a valuable six and a half furlong Conditions Stake on the fibresand at Deauville; if you go here you can see a video of this spiffing performance.
He made his 2018 seasonal reappearance in a competitive six furlong Handicap at Ascot during the second week of May and produced a a fine performance to finish third, which you can see here.
Miracle of Medinah 's racing form, courtesy Racing Post