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Character his summer holidays at Pony Club camp, and having won on Warmwell Lizzie at Cheltenham Pony Race, is clearly exhibiting the family talent. So who are the owners of these beautiful equine supercars, and how do you finance a racehorse? Richard Cheshire, CEO of Krispy Kreme UK and Ireland, who has seen his brand expand massively, has seven horses with Chris, one of which is in a syndicate. The rest he owns outright with wife Carol, including Baddesley Knight, a horse Chris views as having a tremendous future for the 2019-20 season. Much of the Gordons’ success has come with inexpensive horses, which Chris puts down to years of judging show hunters at shows such as Horse of the Year Show, Royal International and Royal Windsor. He has bought horses for £1,000 and turned them into winners. Age is no barrier to ownership; 91-year-old Betty Chantler, from Ashford, Kent, owns Really Radical, bought for £22,000, placed in novice hurdles last season and now looking forward to a career over fences this season. Horses in National Hunt Racing generally start in bumpers (flat races for National Hunt Bred horses) then progress to hurdles and follow on to steeplechase fences. “Highway One O One is a real favourite, he’s a dark bay owned by former amateur jockey Anthony Ward Thomas of the London-based removals company. Anthony’s horse ran at Cheltenham this year, he’s been with me since day one, a friend as well as an owner, as is Les Gilbert, of AW Jeffreys (Southampton) steel fabrication, who is also passionate about racing and has been with me since I started. The great thing about these two owners is they enjoy drinking as much as the trainer whilst at the races – in fact most of my owners do! “Sole ownership is one option which appeals to most people; it costs approximately £19,000 to keep the horse for the year and that includes all costs. Syndication is the other option which people go for and syndicates can vary from three to 20 people, or even more in some cases, which obviously makes it more accessible cost-wise. “I only have the one Winchester owner but I would love to see more local people get involved in supporting what we are developing here as we try to upgrade the horses to the best that we can afford, upgrade the yard, gallops and fencing across what comprises 120 acres.” Chris is known as quite a character on the racing scene and when you meet him you ABOVE: Chris Gordon’s team relax following the Owners’ Owners’ Day at Chris Gordon Racing. 22 Resident www.residentmagazine.co.uk