Evening out at Chelmsford Racecourse for TTC members

11th May 2018

Owning a racehorse and experiencing the thrill of watching it run is an opportunity only a select few ever get to experience, however for TTC members this is just one of a number of exciting benefits you can experience as part of your membership.

Mercian King, our club horse trained by Amy Murphy, is a regular over chase fences, having won or placed 10 separate occasion for the club. For the first time on Thursday 10th March he contested a new shorter trip of 1m5f on the all-weather at Chelmsford Racecourse, in an experiment to see if he had the speed to be competitive over these shorter distances under flat rules.

As part of the evening, TTC members were given Owners & Trainers badges to access the facilities and experience build up to the race, enjoying the racecourse hospitality experienced as a benefit of racehorse ownership.

Saddling up time!

Shortly before Mercian was due to run Amy invited members to watch as she prepared him for the run. Members then headed out to the parade ring and listened to Amy giving instruction to Lemos de Souza, who was booked to ride Mercian that evening. Making up the field was smart Grade 2 winning hurdler Elgin who looked the one to beat in a field of 6.

Mercian King looking relaxed in the parade ring prior to his run.

Breaking out of the stalls well, he took the early lead, completing a circuit past the stands in-front. Asked to quicken 4 furlongs out, he was headed just before the 2 furlong marker, weakening in the final furlong; Elgin surged clear of the field to win impressively.

Reporting after the race, Lemos felt the trip was too short for him and would be better over further if he was to remain running on the flat.

Mercian heading back after his run, he was given a well deserved pat for his efforts.

Mercian will now be aimed at a summer jumping campaign, as his preferred ground has finally arrived. Keep up to date on our social media pages and watch your emails to experience ownership for the day at his next scheduled run.