Members and connections of the Royal Windsor Racing Club and Women in Racing enjoyed a unique gallops morning with Oliver Sherwood at Rhonehurst, which was followed by a brewery tour at Eastbury Brewing Company. They have brewed a Bay Ale in honour of MANY CLOUDS bringing the Grand National trophy to the Lambourn Valley.
Great racehorses, great beer, great company and great surroundings... what better way to spend a sunny Saturday?
Proceeds from this event have been shared between Walking the Courses and the Women in Racing Bursary Fund.
Guests took advantage of getting up close to MANY CLOUDS with plenty of photo opportunities, but an even greater treat was the chance to watch this magnificent horse at work on the gallops, under the watchful eye of trainer Oliver Sherwood who offered insight in to the progress of each of his charges.
Oliver and the whole team at Rhonehurst were generous with their time and hospitality. Nathan Horrocks, MANY CLOUDS' regular rider is certain that his mount knows just how special he is. The horse is certainly very laid back and happy to pose with his adoring public and it was a special sight, and sound, to witness him thundering up the gallops at the head of the rest of the string.
Back at the yard the group presented a gift in memory of DEPUTY DAN, who sadly suffered a fatal heart attack after racing a week earlier. Dan's owner Tim Syder was also at the yard – he, Oliver and the team were very grateful for the memento and it was clear that emotions were still very raw. The connection that trainers, owners and stable staff have with each and every horse in their care is clear to see at Rhonehurst.
With morning stables coming to a close, it was time to head to Eastbury Brewing Company for refreshments and a tour. Brewery founders Bob McGarva and Phil Wright welcomed the visitors and lead a very informative tour, concluding with a tasting of the MANY CLOUDS Bay Ale.
MANY CLOUDS has already approved his beer, and it was very well received by the group... even those who wouldn't normally try a real ale. Bob and Phil have taken great care with the recipe of the world's first Bay Ale with a hint of American hops on the nose to reflect the influence in MANY CLOUDS' line (grand-sire BOB BACK). Its depth of flavour complements any hearty meal.
Whatever the outcome of the 2016 Grand National renewal there are now more MANY CLOUDS fans who will be cheering him on with his very own Bay Ale.
About Walking the Courses: Over the course of 13 months, from March 2015 to April 2016, Richard Farquhar will walk across the nation, connecting all 60 racecourses across mainland Britain as a single, unbroken chain. The co-beneficiaries of ‘Walking The Courses’ are Pancreatic Cancer UK and Racing Welfare. Each of these extremely deserving charities will receive 50% of the total raised.
About the Royal Windsor Racing Club: Enhancing the enjoyment of racing for its members since 2010. Based at one of the UK’s most prestigious racecourses, Royal Windsor, on the banks of the Thames in Berkshire within sight of Windsor Castle.
About Eastbury Brewing Company: A small but dedicated team focused on delivering the best service to the highest standards – brewing beer inspired by the brewery’s location and bottling for clients in the region.