Some fantastic student news from the horseracing industry this Bank Holiday Monday as Tae Kwon Do romps home to claim a first victory. Young Academic has learnt that the horse, being ridden by top jockey Richard Johnson, is owned by a student syndicate called ‘Students Love the Races’.
The students won a competition to become racehorse owners and were celebrating yesterday, after their horse took the spoils. Tae Kwon Do beat his nearest rival by 9 lengths in the 888sport – 150% First Bet Matchup Handicap Hurdle at Fontwell Park racecourse on Sunday.
The ‘Students Love the Races’ syndicate was formed in February, following a competition on Lovetheraces.com, and includes over 100 students from over 50 different universities across the UK, from Exeter to Aberdeen, all of whom will receive an equal share of the prize money.
The horse’s trainer, Tim Vaughan who is based in South Wales, commented; “I am delighted to have got Tae Kwon Do’s head in front for his student owners. Richard (Johnson) gave him a great ride and was delighted with him. The horse has come out of the race very well and I have entered him to run again at Worcester at the weekend.”
Lovetheraces.com, the website created as part of the Racing for Change project, has leased Tae Kwon Do, who also came third at Wincanton racecourse earlier this month, until the end of June to communicate the thrill of ownership to students and to bring them closer to the magic of the sport. Chief Executive of Racing for Change, Rod Street, said:
“One of Racing for Change’s strategic goals is to increase horseracing’s audience among the under 25’s. Attracting younger audiences to the races is relatively simple, however, we would like them to look beyond the surface and experience racing more intimately. The Student Racehorse provides an opportunity to get behind the scenes and for people to learn more about the horse and how it is trained, as well as share the thrill of ownership and develop their understanding of the sport.”