On a glorious Bank Holiday Monday, a large group of RacehorseClub members had the opportunity to visit the renowned Grange Hill Farm in Naunton, Cotswolds, where One True King resides. Members got first hand experience of the horse's daily routine along with the chance to interact with his esteemed trainer, Nigel Twiston-Davies and the team.
Warm welcome to Grange Hill Farm
Upon arriving at the farm, Nigel warmly welcomed the members with tea, coffee, and a glass of prosecco. Serving them from his famous green bus, which is positioned at the top of the gallops. It was a true Twiston-Davies affair. Nigel's sons Sam, a world-class National Hunt jockey, and Willie, the assistant trainer, both actively involved in the day's proceedings.
One True King in action
The highlight of the members Grange Hill Farm visit was witnessing One True King in action. The horse, who recently joined Nigel's stable, showcased its form by completing two gallops up the steep Twiston-Davies hill. The members had the privilege of witnessing this impressive display up close and personal.
Tour of the farm
Following the morning's work, the members had the opportunity to take a tour of Grange Hill Farm and meet some of the other notable horses under Nigel's care. Two celebrated equine warriors captured the attention and hearts of the RacehorseClub members. Bindaree, the 2002 Grand National winner ridden by Jim Culloty, still appeared in fine condition despite his ripe age of 29. In addition to Bindaree was Baby Run, winner of the Aintree Foxhunters in 2011 under the guidance of a young Willie Twiston-Davies, who was just 16 at the time.
The morning progressed. One True King was treated to a well-deserved wash before being presented to the members for photographs. The horse was then turned out in the paddock to enjoy the rest of the day under the glorious Gloucestershire sunshine, accompanied by his equine companions.
A breakfast to remember
Graciously, Nigel invited everyone to the nearby Black Horse pub, where the members indulged in bacon sandwiches and further refreshments. Over breakfast, members had the unique opportunity to engage with Nigel personally. Discussing various topics related to One True King and the racing industry as a whole.
The overall experience of the visit to Grange Hill Farm, one of the UK's most prestigious yards, left a lasting impression on the RacehorseClub members. They expressed their gratitude to Nigel, Willie, Sam, and the Twiston-Davies team. Their hospitality and care throughout the day was exceptional. Nigel Twiston-Davies himself shared his thoughts on One True King's performance and future plans, particularly expressing his optimism for the upcoming jumps season.
Sam Twiston-Davies, who played a pivotal role in riding One True King, also shared his enthusiasm for the horse's future. He conveyed his appreciation for the involvement and support of the RacehorseClub members. Emphasising their shared passion for the horse and the sport.
An exceptional visit to Grange Hill Farm
With memories of this truly remarkable morning, the RacehorseClub members departed with a sense of excitement and anticipation for the promising future of One True King and the upcoming racing season.
Undoubtably, for many, these yard visits are the true value of their micro-share in one of our racehorses. Trumping even the race day experience with an Owners Badge. They represent an ownership experience which mirrors precisely that of a wealthy owner, without the need for deep pockets.
In conclusion, the visit to Nigel's stable was, as you can see from the pictures and video, an exceptional example and all who attended will have a memory to last a lifetime.