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.
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 Delegator ex Birdolini ( Bertolini )
Bred by Overtown Stud and by the promising first season sire, Delegator, out of a winning Mare, Bird for Life is a well put together filly with a good stride; her family have a track record of handicap success and have shown themselves to be particularly effective on the AW surfaces.
She came to Rowdown as an unbroken two year old in March 2016 and took a little time to find her feet; possibly because she came into work late. She then stuggled with a respiratory virus that hung around Lambourn over the high summer of 2016 and we took the decision to turn her out in the fresh air to mature and to find her health.
She came back to Rowdown in the 2017 New Year and if you go here you can see her in an early piece of work; she has been quietly progressive from the Spring throughout the Summer of 2017 as she gained in experience and went progressively up in trip, running well at Kempton and Chelmsford without things really dropping her way and without much luck in running. But this all deservedly came together on her eighth start when she won a competitive twelve furlong Handicap at Kempton at the beginning of November; you can see a video of the race here
A short break followed and she ran really consistently at Kempton on six runs there in 2018, winning again at the beginning of April and being placed in all five of the other runs at the Sunbury track.
2019 saw her running consistently and continuing to show some quiet improvement; she won at Lingfield at the end of March and at Wolverhampton in the middle of July rising to an aw mark of 68, an improvement of close to two stone on her opening handicap; once we get to the resumption she will continue to give a good account of herself and she has been a really effective servant for our Racing Club.
And sure enough, on her first run back after the resumption, she powered home off a mark of 63 in a competitive 16 furlong Wolverhampton Handicap! And then, admittedly off a lower turf mark, she powered home at Chepstow in the third week of July, running on powerfully all the way up the straight to hold off her stablemate Tin Fandango.
Bird for Life 's racing form, courtesy Racing Post
Bird for Life, First, under Ryan Tate, Tin Fandango, Second, under
Charlie Bennett, Sarah & Pete Smith 25th Wedding Anniversary
Handicap, sixteen furlongs, Chepstow 21st July 2020