The Martin Gray Racing club first started in the summer of 2013.
Now we have been up and running for two years I thought it a good time to take a look back at the statistics to see how we have performed for members so far.
In total we have had four horses running for the MGR club over this period and they have run a total of 30 races to date.
From those 30 runs we have achieved 4 wins, 2 second places, 5 third places and 6 fourth places with 13 runs unplaced.
This gives us a win strike rate of just over 13 %, a place strike rate of 43% and unplaced of 43%.
If we combine first and place finishes then 56% of our runners to date have finished in the first four places.
Included within this is one class three chase win at Hexham and a thrid place in the highland national at Perth.
My mind was diverted to ownership stats after reading an article about the late great Sir Peter O’Sullevan in the September Owner and Breeder magazine. One of the most respected figures in racing with the very best of connections and racing brains who started as an owner back in 1940 with his first runner Wild Thyme 2. The voice of racing was a shrewd punter, one of the rare breed who regularly augmented his normal income earned from race commentry, TV, radio and his column with the Daily Express by making a profit from his betting exploits. The statistic that surprised me more than anything was that after his first owned horse (Wild Thyme 2 – who never won) Peter owned a further eleven racehorses and had to wait a further thirteen years until 1953 for his FIRST winner as an owner.
It crossed my mind that If the MGR club had performed as poor as the great Sir Peter did in them days then how many members would be left in the club today………..probably just me ha.
In that context I was thinking we have got things off to a pretty impressive start, especially when you consider that our 5% members do not pay anything up front for their horses purchase and at just under £20 per week for a 5% share I am running one of the lowest cost racing clubs going.
However before I pat the Bewley team and myself on the back lets remember what this sport is capable of doing to anyone who may get the very slightest bit smug or complacent, therefore I think we will keep quiet and continue working hard and hope for the best this jumps season……….can’t wait.