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December 2020

Updated: Jan 8, 2021

Below are some of the highlights from the club in December 2020

We'd like to take this moment to say thank you for your support throughout this year and we send our best wishes to you and your families. 2020 has been a challenge & a strange year for us all but we still managed to have some fun! We look forward seeing you all next year & enjoying each others company again.


Bon Calvados is a young horse that has buckets of potential. He has a real presence and is an exciting horse to watch!

What is the initial plan?

CCR plans to run him in 4 weeks time in a point-to-point race.

What is a Point-to-Point Race?

This is a form of amateur horse racing over fences held at a variety of Point-to-Point racecourses throughout the UK.

Why Point-to-Point?

He is very keen and needs to learn to relax in his races. Point-to-point racing will be good for this as he will brush the fences and slow him down.

What next?

Following this, we are confident that we'll understand him better and he'll be running consistently. It'll then be time to run him in hunter chases.

What are Hunter Chases?

Hunter chases take place at national hunt racecourses in the UK. There are 60 racecourses in Britain, from Perth to Scotland and Newton Abbot in Devon!

These races are only open to horses that have hunter certificates. Hunter certificates are issued to horses that have hunted for at least four days in the season before racing starts in January. In addition, the jockey must be an amateur who has obtained a certificate from the hunt secretary.

What is his pedigree?

He is the seventh foal and half-brother to hurdle/high-class chase winner Saint Calvados as well as French winners Mondovi and Piemontesina. See below for his full pedigree.

Who are the new CCR Trainers?

Lawney and husband Alan have been training horses for almost 30 years and their great enthusiasm and commitment to this endeavour has paid dividends. Devotion to the venture led to Lawney’s professional licence in 2005 and aided Alan to be crowned National Champion Trainer in 2014.

Set on 1,000 acres at the foot of the Chilterns, Woodway Farm boasts extensive training facilities. All types of horses, from unbroken four-year-olds to soured-off veterans, are welcomed to the yard. Alan & Lawney’s myriad skills ensure that a youngster is guided to achieve its full potential and an older horse regains its form.

“We pride ourselves on tailoring a horse’s training regime to its individual needs. Being a small yard, horses receive more focused attention. The stables are in an attractive, natural environment on our own farm. Each horse is therefore much more relaxed than it would be in a regimented training centre and is able to make the best of our training programme.”

Join CCR at the 2021 Monaco Grand Prix!

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In our first episode of Meet the Stars, CCR ambassador, Paul Parker chats to us about his proudest football memories, what he's up to today & why he is passionate about CCR.


Compass Point pulled through for his deserved win, by dominating the 1m Handicap at Southwell on Sunday! Kieran gave Compass a magnificent ride by breaking well from a wide gate & staying with the pace throughout. He set sail for home 2f out & Compass responded to every question asked by his rider. Compass & Kieran crossed the line & won by over 2 lengths against a very competitive field, which included many previous winners! It's been a consistent season for Compass Point & we hope he can double up in the next few days with entries at Southwell and Kempton.

Watch the closing stages replay & listen to Kieran Shoemark's immediate thoughts below:


In our second episode of Meet the Stars, Martin Offiah talks us through his sporting career, his transition into the EV (Electric Vehicle) world & his attraction to Cross Channel Racing!

Kodiac Harbour comes a close 2nd at Lingfield!

Watch the closing stages replay of his Lingfield Park run on December 9th below:

Settle Petal & Butcher of Stockholm Review:

Settle Petal made her debut in December at Chelmsford in the 10f handicap. Running just off the pace, she ran well for the most part, before tiring late on. CCR jockey, Kieran Shoemark confirmed that she performed well and believes she will be nice to work with during the winter!

Also at Chelmsford, ButcherofStockholm made her 2nd racecourse appearance in the 6f maiden. Again, she ran a very pleasing race & showed plenty of early speed. She was right up there until the closing stages and ended up falling back in the final 100 yards. Kieran said she is still learning and will improve with more visits to the track. We look forward to seeing her run again in the coming weeks!


In our third episode of Meet the Stars, England Legend Terry Butcher speaks to us about his football career, funny stories from the training pitch and what he loves about Cross Channel Racing!

Norwegian Red & Kodiac Harbour Review

Norweigan Red returned to the track at Wolverhampton on December 7th, after being brought down last time out. He ran another positive race over 10f & is showing clear improvement race to race! He now qualifies for a handicap mark, so we look forward to seeing him run in the correct grade in the future!

Kodiac Harbour ran another great race on December 9th at Lingfield Park and heartbreakingly led everywhere but the line! To make matters worse the jockey on the winning horse was banned for 2 weeks for hitting double the permitted times on the run-in! It was a brilliant run from Kodiac Harbour in a race that he deserved to win! He will go back to the same course and distance this Wednesday to attempt to go one better!

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