From a cowshed to winner at the Cheltenham Festival

At 7.30 this morning, I stood at the top of the gallops with Grand National and Gold Cup winning trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies and watched my horses emerge from the gloom – a Cheltenham Festival winner and a very promising young horse who brought an excited smile to the trainer’s face as he flashed by.

A normal morning in the life of a successful racehorse owner you say?

Maybe … but if I tell you the Festival winner was born in a cowshed, his dam a riding horse cost just £1000 and his owner works as a typist, breeding horses in rented fields – there is certainly nothing normal about it!

My new blog shares the daily life of the Aramis horses and thrills of racing with the Kayf Aramis Racing Club. Kayf Aramis (more of him later) has found his way into many people’s hearts – his fan club reaches people all over the world.

This is a very exciting month for members of Kayf Aramis Racing Club:

  • Kayf Aramis is racing at Haydock on Saturday 19th January
  • We are holding a Club Open Morning on the Gallops on Saturday 26th January
  • And the moment everybody has been waiting for… Zayfire Aramis will run in his first National Hunt flat race

How it all began

My beautiful Welsh/Arab pony MISTY died on Midsummer’s Day 2000 leaving ARA alone in the field for the first time. I decided to put her in foal and chose an event stallion from Somerset, but with the outbreak of Foot & Mouth Disease was unable to get there. I had a look at her pedigree and thought she could produce a racehorse!

Amazingly, just around the corner was KAYF TARA, by the great SADLER’S WELLS, standing his first season at OVERBURY STUD. Ara’s 12 o’clock appointment on 27th April 2001 led to the birth of a very small and feisty foal exactly 12 months later. The unusual account of the birth of future champion KAYF ARAMIS to follow next week.

Isobel Phipps – Breeder/Owner/Racing Club Manager

JOIN US on the racecourse or at the gallops:

Follow the Aramis horses on twitter @KayfAramis and on Facebook: KayfAramisRacing

Membership costs just £75/year, of which £5 is donated to HEROS (Homing Ex-Racehorses Organisation Scheme)

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