So, what is Post Racing all about?
A number of years ago Ron (2004), started producing private handicap figures and gave them away totally free of charge to anyone who wanted to use them. They proved so accurate that, within a couple of months, Ron set up his first website and provided them away from the Forum environment in which he had been working.
He had the notion that he might be able to do some good with them and so contacted a few horse racing related charities:
THE BOB CHAMPION CANCER TRUST
THE INJURED JOCKEYS FUND
GREATWOOD CARING FOR RETIRED RACE HORSES AND SPECIAL NEEDS CHILDREN
Two provided him with official fundraising status.
The plan was to provide his work free of charge Sunday to Friday and ask that those using them make a small donation come the Saturday. He quickly built up a following of some 4000 people who all saw value in his work. Unfortunately, come the day, the most that donated on a single Saturday was 88. After some head scratching and talking to others, Post Racing was born but Ron insisted, if we were going down a subscription route, those subscribing had to be given value for money. He mooted the 500 Club and, to be honest, we thought he was mad. The range of benefits offered would require some serious number crunching when it came to delivering them but, a year on, 500 Club members have visited the winners enclosure, own a share in a horse, Grandorio, that landed them a substantial gamble. The best though, is yet to come.
Many of the membership had a great time at Redcar when Hiddon Coin became the first winner for the club. The ambition of some of our members to help us achieve the success and aims of the project quite simply make us blush. That they pay to be a part of it and then spend hours promoting it to others, going out of their way to raise the profile of Post Racing assures us we have got this right and that we will achieve the goals we have set for ourselves regarding charitable donations and the completion of those big projects, such as the Clatterbridge Rehabilitation Sensory Garden.
In order to make sure our members go racing at the very top meetings we have got involved with Highclere Racing and, for the next three years, will go racing with top trainer Dan Skelton and our potential superstar Cabaret Queen.
Harry Fry trains our “project” Sam I….a character from The Cat in the Hat, by Dr Zeuss and who knows how high he might go?
The aims and amibitions are to raise £1,000,000 for those charities we support, whilst providing our members with the very best quality service available, taking you racing as owners at racecourses of a Saturday that you could only dream of.
The Bob Champion Cancer Trust was first on board and Post Racing still works tirelessly to support what is a terrific cause, run by terrific people.
Ron had the pleasure of meeting Bob himself following a fund raising raffle at a hotel near Ascot, on the day they ran their last meeting at that track before the rebuild.
In 2013 we loaned our own racehorse, ROSIE’S LADY, to Bob for his Legends race at Aintree and our members went racing on Grand National day, as owners. How many reading this can say they have, or will ever do that!
The Trust is one of the four charities currently supported and, as we grow, the number of charities we can help will increase year on year.
The second charity to provide Ron with his official fund-raising status was Greatwood Caring for Retired Racehorses and Special Needs Children.
The people at this Marlborough based establishment work absolute wonders. Ron has been down on two occasions to witness their Charity days and seen many of the old horses that used to carry his shekels when running at tracks up and down the country.
From e-mails and messages received, Post Racing knows just how much the efforts of our members means to Greatwood and for sure, we will not stint in our efforts to make sure their horses and those special needs children are helped as much as is possible.
A few years ago Ron visited Newmarket to meet with Richard Negus, he of Racing Welfare. For reasons explained they cannot give us official fund raising status due to the nature of some of the work we provide to punters. That matters not though and we will work every bit as hard for the people that work inside the industry because we know that they work ridiculously hard for little by way of reward, all in their efforts to give us a good day out.
We hope, after reading the above, you see fit to join those people already signed up to what is, without a doubt, the most forward thinking horse racing website in the country.