Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) 2017-08-14T17:01:39+00:00

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


How many members are in the Club?

We currently have 165 Club members (this fluctuates with the end and start of new memberships) and 5 Club horses.


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 ?

Gordon Elliott Racing Club membership lasts 12 months from the day you join and costs an ALL IN price of €690/£600.00.

You can pay in one amount, quarterly or 12 monthly instalments via PayPal or bankers draft.


What’s the procedure with prize money?

Prize money is distributed once a year, every year in September and you are entitled to a share of the money accumulated during the duration of your membership ie. if you join in January you would be entitled to money earned from January-September. There are no guarantees on the amount of prize money but it’s a nice bonus to receive some! Prize money is subject to HRI deductions of entry/declaration/jockey/registrations fees/cost of purchasing new horses if they are not leased etc.


What’s the procedure with prize money?

Prize money is distributed once a year, every year in September and you are entitled to a share of the money accumulated during the duration of your membership ie. if you join in January you would be entitled to money earned from January-September. There are no guarantees on the amount of prize money but it’s a nice bonus to receive some! Prize money is subject to HRI deductions of entry/declaration/jockey/registrations fees/cost of purchasing new horses if they are not leased etc.


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.


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!


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)


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