Kim Bailey Racing
Kim Bailey is one of the most recognised trainers in the racing game having the extraordinary record of gaining victories in the Grand National (1990 Mr. Frisk) and the unique Cheltenham Festival double in 1995 of Champion Hurdle (Alderbrook) and Gold Cup (Master Oats). He was also on the scoresheet at the 2020 Festival with Imperial Aura.
Establish an ownership syndicate with a focus on raising funds and awareness for charity as well as attracting new owners to the yard. The initial objective being to raise £10,000.
Three successful charity syndicates established since 2012 and still ongoing.
£50,000 (and counting!) generated to date for causes including Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital Kidney Patients Association, Kidney Research UK and Maggie’s Cancer Centre in Cheltenham.
Numerous new owners have joined Kim's stable having been introduced through our charity syndicates. The flag continues to be flown through Another Venture running in the colours of Maggie's Charity Partnership (pictured below) who is now in his fifth season of racing.
Countless mornings on the gallops for charity supporters, unrivalled owner hospitality at racecourses and visits to the charities to hear of the impact our donations are making.
Old Stoic Society
The Old Stoic Society were looking for new and innovative ways to engage with more past pupils (Old Stoics).
As a past pupil and having sensed a fair number of Old Stoics and parents were involved in the racing world, I offered my assistance.
In 2017, the OSRC was launched with a horse in training with Old Stoic trainer Alex Hales. The horse - Topper Thornton - so nearly read the pre-race script going down by a short head in a photo finish at 33/1 in a valuable chase at Carlisle! There has been much progress since then - both ups and downs - however I am pleased to say we have expanded into a second Racing Club on the flat with another past pupil, Jonathan Portman, in Lambourn.
There are now 25 past parents, staff and pupils on board as owners and now actively engaged with the society.
Furthermore, both Racing Clubs continue to financially contribute to the Stowe School Foundation as their adopted charity. This is through funding of bursaries and scholarships for the next generation of Stoics with £20,000 raised to date. (Spring 2021).
Kidney Research UK
Generate an attractive and alternative revenue stream with diverse media opportunities focusing on horse racing.
£12,000 raised through a bespoke racing syndicate (called ''Racing for Research Partnership'') that ran for three years - two more than the original brief.
Donations were received from owner contributions as well as a percentage from prize money earned by both horses. The charity's name and logo appeared on the Partnership's racing silks with Sparville, one of our horses, securing a much celebrated win at Southwell.
Richard Pitman was subsequently recruited as an Ambassador for both Kidney Research UK having been an altruistic kidney donor in 2012.
Further highlights included an interview at the Cheltenham Festival on Channel 4 to promote the charity's World Kidney Day 2013 campaign with Ambassador Richard Pitman (former Champion Jockey and BBC Racing Correspondent) alongside actor and Partnership owner Nathaniel Parker.
Maggie’s Cancer Centre, Cheltenham
Establish a sustainable charity syndicate, raise £10,000 and an increased awareness of the charity's Centre in Cheltenham.
A two-horse syndicate was created running initially for two years called the Racing for Maggie's Partnership.
Donations were received from owner contributions as well as a percentage from prize money earned along with the charity’s branding on the racing colors.
The initial fundraising was smashed with £25,000 fundraised within 18 months and pleasingly the partnership continues to operate five years later still with Another Venture - one of the original horses.
Media coverage was secured with articles in the Racing Post, interviews on BBC Radio Gloucestershire and on Sky Sports Racing.
The Maggie’s Centre in Cheltenham also opened its doors for partnership members to bring them closer to the cause and allow them to learn about the work of the Centre that had been supported through funds raised from the Racing Partnership.
One of the direct impacts was the increase in the number of counselling support patients and their families were able to receive as a result of the Partnership’s donations.