The owner of the Ascot-winning horse plans to run them abroad with the “Rubbish” prize money.
Due to the “rubbish” prize money in Britain, a horse owner who had winners at Ascot and Goodwood last year plans to run his horses elsewhere.
Graham Anstiss, along with his wife Sarah, established Peter Clarke Racing as a tribute to his late father-in-law. He stated that he has become discouraged by the state of British racing and is now focusing on France specifically.
Tom George recently became the first trainer to have a permanent training base in both Britain and France as he looks to future-proof his business. Anstiss is the latest participant in a long line of domestic participants who have looked across the Channel for greater rewards.
“We’ve got some big plans for this year, but the prize-money here is so rubbish we’ve now been looking to send some of the horses to France,” said Anstiss, who is also considering options in Bahrain.
“The plan is to send them two weeks at a time and plot two races, and then we’ll bring them back to run here or Ireland in the big races.
“We are a core of ten people who own all the horses and we have to subsidise it to the tune of £150,000 to £200,000 a year between us. If you didn’t love horse racing, you wouldn’t do it. That’s the sad thing, they’re killing racing by not putting enough money into it.”
In 2022, 15 British winners from Peter Clarke Racing, whose horses are trained by James Evans in Worcestershire, earned just under £112,500 in prize money.
Dream Composer, who came in fourth at Royal Ascot in 2021, won the most money last year after winning at Pontefract, Goodwood, and Ascot. Justcallmepete, on the other hand, has been a revelation this winter, winning an all-weather four-timer on Saturday at Southwell.
“Pete won £9,000 today but we were only here for the Arc bonus money for the all-weather’s winningmost horse,” said Anstiss, speaking from the track.
“The problem is when you’ve got 55-60 rated horses, they still cost the same to train as one rated 90. We’ve got a horse later called Danah Star running for £3,500 [to the winner]. By the time James has driven her two and a half hours here, it’s cost us £500-600. A month’s training is £2,500 and there just isn’t enough money going back into it.”
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