Hello, I'm very happy that my MARKWALLISGREYHOUNDS 'RACING CLUB' is now starting its fifth year. My idea is to allow fans of greyhound racing to become owners at affordable prices at what many would consider the leading kennel in the country.
I am pleased to announce the purchase of Roswell Iceman, a lightly raced 3 year old dog who will be a Derby entry for the Club and will contend top class open races this year. He joins Saffrons Tina and Saffrons Honey on our racing team with a new pup being sought. Saffrons Anna is now retired and awaiting breeding and the Club will have first pick of her litters.
Roswell Iceman (Shaneboy Lee-Cara Said So) a December 2013 dog
who had just 41 races before our purchase.
He has competed at the highest level and won Opens at Towcester,
Wimbledon and Belle Vue
Saffrons Tina (Head Bound-Hula Baloo) a May 14 bitch.
Now stepped up to full six bends after reaching the final
of the Category One Three Steps to Victory at Sheffield
Saffrons Honey -July 2014 pup
from the first litter out of Golden Jacket winner
Hometown Honey (x Head Bound)
Early paced grader at Towcester
Getting a few tips from the boss!
(Photo courtesy of member Alec McDonald)
As you may be aware our kennel has had two Derby winners (Kinda Ready and Blonde Snapper). We have been one of the most successful kennels in the modern era since my mother in law Linda Jones first set up at our Lakenheath base in 1989 (read history) and when Reel Trickyone won the Coral Essex Vase in 2013 he was the 50th Category 1 winner to have graced Imperial Kennels. 2014 was thankfully just as successful for Imperial Kennels when we retained the Champion Trainer title and also achieved our very first Oaks winner. In 2015 we were able to keep the title at Imperial Kennels and record our second successive Oaks victory as well as two other Category 1 winners. 2016 was amazing with 7 Category 1 winners and a record breaking 8th Champion Trainer title. This year could not have started better and the Racing Club will continue to be a big part of our success.
(retired and awaiting her first litter)
After an initial £500 joining fee our Club costs just £30 per month (less than £1 a day), there are no hidden extras and using pages on our website, which are password locked, Members have full access to the latest news, results, videos of races and plans for the club greyhounds.
Our Club aims will be to keep it simple. The £500 joining fee will be solely used for the purchase of Club Greyhounds and for every 10 members we get a new purchase will be made. This by simple maths gives us around £5,000 to spend on each dog which will enable me to buy some decent greyhounds. Over the years I have built up some superb relationships and contacts in England, Scotland and of course Ireland. From the very top breeders to the best agents I will source our Club Greyhounds and with a bit of luck we can get the next 'Blonde Snapper' or 'Kinda Ready'. I try to buy young greyhounds that can start off in puppy races, occasionally if I feel that our club greyhounds need a bit of experience before they go into opens then I will give them some graded races at Towcester a top class track with the very best facilities. If I feel that they don't reach the level expected I will consult with members as to whether to sell them or keep them but ultimately our aim is for the Club's Greyhounds to be able to run in competitions and opens and wherever possible to run on Sky or RPGTV to give members the best chance to watch them run.
The £30 per month pays all the kennel bills which include, travel expenses, physio, vet bills (up to a £100), wormers and anything else other trainers would charge extra. All Greyhounds will have their welfare put first and will all be retired to good loving homes either by ourselves or an RGT re homing scheme. I have set a few racing rules out below that would need to be agreed to by all Members before joining.
Here is the other good part as well for all members, ALL prize money (win and also rans) won by Club Greyhounds will be split the following way:-
34% of prize money will be put towards paying Members back in a dividend on October 31st. I will work out when Members have joined and they will be entitled to an equal share from when they first joined. The year will start again on November 1st . Any Member who drops out of the Club before October 31st will not be entitled to any prize money dividend in that year.
33% of prize money won will go towards the future purchases of Greyhounds for the club and as I see it the more successful the Club Greyhounds are the better the future purchases will be. All Members will be consulted on decisions. Any Greyhounds that win £1000 or more in a race or final will have a 10% deduction to go directly to my staff to reward their hard work.
33% of prize money will go to administration costs, this will cover all the expenses for running the website and the Club. As well as myself I have two people working on the club to provide all the latest news, results etc and to cover all added extra expenditure that we might incur.
Our 'Racing Club' gives Members the chance to be a part of the future success of our kennel and who knows our Club Greyhounds may add to the star studded list of big race winners. We have already had our first Category One finalist when Saffrons Anna finished 3rd in the Romford Puppy Cup Final and this year she qualified through to the second round of the Oaks as well as being unbeaten in the BAGsTrack Championship.
To celebrate our first anniversary we held a Social Evening at Yarmouth Stadium and in recent years we have met in one of the superb Hospitality Suites at Towcester Stadium for some great social events.
I hope that covers everything and I look forward to hearing from you very soon. Please spread the word and join our fantastic 'Racing Club'. I'm sure the Club would also make a great present for someone so don't miss out and join now!
Ring or email me with your full name and address and I will send you a welcome letter with bank details for you to set up your initial payment and standing order and the full rules of the Racing Club.
As you will see the Club is growing fast with some outstanding purchases so don't miss out on this great opportunity!