Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
- Provide members with the ultimate thrill of race horse ownership at a fraction of the cost.
- Create a large enough horse racing club to support the purchase of quality horses to compete at the highest level. We seek to establish and maintain a progressive portfolio of progressive horses, capable of winning races.
- Fun is very high on the agenda, so stable visits and social themed events will provide great opportunities to make new friendships, socialise and network.
What benefits are included in my membership ?
For a one-off membership fee you will receive the following benefits:
An exclusive opportunity to be involved with one of the leading yards in National Hunt Racing
Multiple racehorses hand-picked by Gordon for success to race in both Ireland and the UK.
Share the Gordon Elliott Racing Club colours and prize money. Any prize money that the Club horses win in excess of costs will be retained within the Club to share to members. Structuring the Club in this way allows for new horses to be added and those that pick up training setbacks or have lost their form to be removed from the Club at no additional cost or loss to the members.
Each member is welcome to attend regular club events and stable visits and we encourage members to bring family and friends to these events to meet the clubs horses. The stable visits are an excellent time to speak with Gordon and his team to experience the behind-the-scenes action of world-class facilities and meet our stable stars such as Tiger Roll, Samcro and many more where there will be photo opportunities on the day.
Because we really put an emphasis on the members experience we aim to host numerous racecourse club events throughout the year at venues such as Navan, Fairyhouse, Leopardstown, Down Royal, Aintree, Cheltenham and many more. Additional trips for members will be organised to leading studs and other racing yards.
Whenever a Club horse is racing, every member is entitled to apply for an owners badge and owners privileges on race day. In the event that one of our horses wins, members are invited to the winner’s enclosure for a team photo with the racecourse photographer.
Members are kept updated via a regular stream of multimedia updates and reports from Gordon and his team that will be distributed via an easy-to-use smartphone App as well as the website and email updates.
The club provides members competitions for the chance to win signed racing memorabilia, tickets to the races, and much more.
How many members are in the Club?
We currently have 150 Club members (this fluctuates with the end and start of new memberships) and multiple racehorses.
Is there a limit on how many member we take on?
Yes, at this stage we will not take more than 200 members unless we increase the amount of horses in training.
How much does it cost to joint the club ?
You can join now 12 months for a cost less than €56 / £50 per month with quarterly and monthly payment options available.
We accept PayPal on the website, please contact us for more information if you wish to pay by bank transfer, standing order or bankers draft.
Do I have to join at the start of the season?
You can join at any time. Once payment has been received, you will receive a confirmation email and be granted full access to everything the Club has to offer for 12 months from the signup date.
I am buying Membership as a Christmas/birthday gift. Is it possible to choose a start date for the membership?
Yes! Please advise us of the date on which you would like the membership to start when making payment. We will activate the membership from that date rather than the date of payment.
Q. Do I have to be based in Ireland to join the Club?
A. Definitely not! Our App, website and email updates allow you to enjoy the ownership experience anywhere you are in the world. We have members worldwide!
What’s the procedure with prize money?
The club prize money will be calculated on 30th November and 31st May each calendar year and distributed amongst current qualifying members.
The amount will be calculated on a monthly basis to enable the administrators to fairly proportion the monies according to the members membership period.
To qualify for prize money you must be a member for at least 3 consecutive months during the dividend period which ensures members joining late in the year don’t have to play catch up with fees, nor do they dilute the input of long standing members. All membership fees must be up to date at the time of distribution.
Prize Money dividends are not guaranteed and are subject to HRI / Weatherbys deductions of entry/declaration/jockey/registrations fees. The club reserves the right to use the monies to purchase new horses for club ownership after which if the horse purchased by the club is sold then the sale monies will be returned to the club funds for re investment or member distribution.
The Gordon Elliott Racing Club opened with a balance of £1,000 provided by Gordon Elliott Racing Ltd and is not subject to the members dividend and therefore will remain in the club account at all times to cover racing costs.
How much does it cost to run a horse?
Costs can vary hugely depending on where a horse runs and in what type of race for example a standard race costs in the region of €70 to enter, then a further €20 to run however Graded and Group race entries and decs run into thousands of euro! Then there is a jockey fee of approx. €170 and if the horse picks up prize money a percentage is automatically deducted for both the trainer and the jockey. Money earned is also subject to other deductions such as riders insurance schemes. On average the total cost to run a horse would be nearing €400. Transport to the races, staff expenses and veterinary fees are also payable but Gordon does not charge the Club any of those three extras.
Who can attend the Open Mornings and is there any cost involved? How many open mornings do you have?
We welcome all members plus one guest each unless of special circumstances as we see the open mornings as being a perk of the Club. Children are welcome once fully supervised. Unfortunately we cannot allow dogs. There is no cost to members to attend the yard and on open mornings we provide tea/coffee and breakfast rolls! We aim to have 3 or 4 open mornings per year and welcome members to the yard for private visits with prior arrangement.
Do we get to see horses that are not in the Club?
Yes you will see all the Gordon Elliott trained horses in the yard and lots of them on the gallops!
If the yearly membership fee has increased from the time I first joined when I renew do I have to pay the new price?
For existing members you can renew for your 2nd years membership at the first years price, for every year after that we will discuss a special discount individually with members. As prices of feed, bedding, transport, staff etc are constantly on the rise membership prices will increase when needed but this incentive for existing members will we hope keep everyone happy!
Can you recommend some places to stay in the area?
Full address for the yard:
Gordon Elliott Racing
Cullentra House Stables
Closest places to stay are the towns of Trim (best place to stay for a weekend as it’s beautiful and there is so much to do) or Enfield (right off the motorway but not much to do and less hotels/restaurants etc.) Both are a 10 minute drive from the yard.
– The hotels/B&B’s we would recommend in Trim are; Trim Castle Hotel, Knightsbrook Hotel, The Castle Arch Hotel and Highfield House B&B (although there are many more)
– There are fewer places to stay in Enfield but we would recommend Johnstown House Hotel.
How long has the club been running?
The Club has been going since September 2015 and has gradually increased in terms of members and horses.
Any goals for the Club going forwards?
The long term aim for the Club is to increase the caliber of horses but our main goal is to bring affordable involvement with one of the top NH Trainers in Ireland to everyone!
Do all members receive tickets every time the Club has a runner?
How many tickets are assigned to each runner vary hugely from racecourse to racecourse but most of the time we can accommodate all who ask – we also negotiate discounted tickets where possible if we have lots of members wishing to attend. There can be no guarantee of a ticket if we have many members wishing to attend but we always make sure they are distributed fairly. For this reason we can only provide members with tickets (not guests/friends & family)
How are tickets allocated?
Members will be notified immediately when a Club horse is declared and they will be invited to apply for tickets. If the horse is then declared to run, ticket applicants will be contacted. If demand for tickets is greater than our allocation, first preference will be given to members who haven’t attended race meetings with the Club. Any remaining tickets are allocated by a random draw.
What do club members do on arrival to the races?
Once you have collected your ticket (where you collect depends on individual racecourses – we will advise at declaration stage) at the time of the race you just head to the parade ring to meet with Gordon or our representative and the jockey. After the race if we are lucky enough to win or be placed you all meet back in the winners enclosure or alternatively in the unsaddling area to hear the after race thoughts.
Can I go racing if the Club hasn’t allocated me a Ticket or if the racecourse has not offered a reduced rate?
Of course you can. You can purchase a general admission ticket and then meet up with Club Members and enjoy your day! We cannot guarantee parade ring access for the race in which the Club has a runner but we will certainly do our best.
What happens if a Club horse is sold or is no longer able to race?
The Club leases the horses and, as a result, members are not entitled to any money resulting from the sale of a Club horse
What happens if I want to leave the Club?
Members can choose to leave the Club at any time, but will not receive a refund.
How do I join the club ?
The club is managed by our Club Manager Dean Walker who works closely with our team, and brings a wealth of experience from working with leading trainers across the UK and Ireland. Dean also manages all our digital media, print and website design and founded the Gordon Elliott Racing Club three years ago.
Contact Dean direct with any specific questions that you may have that are not featured on our website : E: firstname.lastname@example.org M: +44 (0)7412 577528.
Payments for club membership are made via PayPal, but you do not need to own a PayPal account to pay: you may enter your credit card’s data directly at PayPal and complete your payment. You don’t need to register a PayPal account neither. Make sure the “Don’t have a PayPal account?” option is selected. You can pay in one amount, quarterly instalments or 12 monthly instalments. We accept PayPal, standing order, or bankers drafts please contact us for more information.
Once you have joined, within 24hrs we will email you a welcome mail together with the club T&C’s and access to our Club App.
Will I ever be asked for an additional payments after joining for membership?
No. You will never be asked for any payment beyond your initial membership.