BetfairClub ROA — a club for 18 to 32-year-olds who love horseracing — celebrated its first birthday on Friday, 15 August, at Newmarket Racecourse.

And top jockey Frankie Dettori joined the celebrations and cut the club’s birthday cake.

Racehorse Owners Association (ROA) president Paul Dixon said: “I am passionately keen about making horse racing more attractive to young people. BetfairClub ROA is designed to allow young people to find out how fantastically exciting horseracing and racehorse ownership can be.”

The club had two runners on the night — Cornus, ridden by Frankie in the 6pm and Support Fund ridden by Stephen Carson in the 7.05pm. Sadly there were no winners but a good time was had by all.

BetfairClub ROA also sponsored a race — the Happy First Birthday BetfairClub ROA EBF Maiden Stakes.

Mr Dixon added: “The club is already proving very popular; membership is increasing every week; and I’m delighted that it is in such a strong position on its first birthday. It is tremendous value for money.”

BetfairClub ROA is aimed at 18-32-year-olds looking to get an introduction into being an owner. Currently the club has four horses in training and benefits include owners badges, stable visits and social events.

Membership for the club is £199 a year, but as a special birthday initiative members can now join and pay monthly — which works out at less than £17 a month.

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