A racing enthusiast from Little Bowden is celebrating after becoming the proud co-owner of one of the country’s most promising racehorses.
Bryan Drew owns 50 per cent of the young horse Moon Racer, which won the prestigious Weatherby’s Champion Bumper at Cheltenham earlier this month.
Mr Drew (54) said: “I only got into racing in 2012, and my ultimate aim was to win a race at the Cheltenham Festival.
“Now we’ve done that so soon, I wouldn’t like to say what could happen next.”
And an expert from national racing paper The Racing Post has predicted: “With luck, Moon Racer is going to be one of the most exciting novice hurdlers of next season.
“To any Harborough Mail punter reading this, I would say it will definitely be worth following the progress of this horse.”
The stunning victory for 9/2 Moon Racer, trained by David Pipe and ridden by jockey Tom Scudamore, was at Cheltenham on March 11.
Despite getting a bad start and being boxed in against the rails, the six-year-old Moon Racer came from a long way back to win, ahead of 23 horses with 41 wins between them.
“He showed a great turn of foot and it turned out to be a wonderful afternoon,” said Mr Drew.
“We had a big family celebration afterwards.”
Racing expert Mark Storey, deputy news editor of the Racing Post, watched Moon Racer win at Cheltenham.
He told the Mail: “To win that race is so hard.
“It’s an intense experience in front of a 60,000-plus crowd, and it marks a horse out. With luck, Moon Racer is going to be one of the most exciting novice hurdlers of next season.”
He said Moon Racer was already installed as 5/1 favourite for the Supreme Novices Hurdle at Cheltenham for March next year.
Property developer Mr Drew and his co-owner bought the horse for a six-figure sum in April 2014.
Moon Racer is one of 17 horses Mr Drew now has an interest in.
He said: “There are a combination of factors behind choosing a horse, but what’s interesting about Moon Racer is that his pedigree isn’t fashionable, so he’s a bit of a freak .”