Charming Kid made the trip over to Dundalk worth while with an impressive victory under Barry McHugh. He was sent off favourite and justified the support. He was always prominent and looked the winner a long way from home. He was always travelling strongly and pulled clear of his rivals approaching the final furlong. He stayed on strongly to win by two-and-three-quarter-lengths for owners The Cool Silk Partnership.

It was the first time Barry had ridden at the track and his dad was there to see him win. Marcus and Joel had taken Charming Kid over the water.


We are looking for a hardworking accounts secretary to join our busy team full time.

We are looking for someone who has a good understanding of Sage Accounts and Microsoft Office. A knowledge of the racing industry (Frontrunner and Weatherbys) would be preferable but is not essential.

Our accounts secretary is responsible for paying all of the bills, paying staff and managing the day to day running of the office. They will work closely with Richard and Robin as well as the other office staff.

They will need to be able to do entries and declarations both in the UK and Internationally. They will help organise runners when they are sent abroad and liaise with our travelling team on the day-to-day runners.

They will also deal with all racing staff including managing holiday and sickness.

They will be one of the faces of R F Racing – speaking to owners on the phone and greeting them when they visit the yard.

The successful applicant will be extremely organised, hardworking and enthusiastic. They need to be a team player and a good communicator.

If this sounds like you. Please send your CV including two references to

Additional Information

Hours – Monday – Friday 9am-5pm plus every other Saturday 9am-12.30pm
Salary – excellent rates of pay to be discussed depending on experience
Holidays – 30 days (including bank holidays)
Pool money bonus
Pension Scheme


Zip has been every consistent, he’s been placed on 4 of his seven starts so it was great to see him get his head in front. He did take a keen hold under Barry McHugh and was sat second for much of the race. He took up the lead at the furlong pole and stayed on well under pressure to win by a length-and-three-quarters. There were plenty there from The Knavesmire Partnership to welcome him back into the winners enclosure.


Coolagh Magic was our first winner of 2019, and he was impressive at Newcastle. The Sepoy-colt has been placed on three of his six starts and was always travelling nicely under jockey Barry McHugh. He pressed the leader and took up the running two furlongs from home. He was clear entering the final furlong and stayed on strongly to win by two-and-three-quarter-lengths. He looks a nice prospect this year for owner Alan Harte.


We ended 2019 with 190 winners after Gabrial’s Centurion put in an eye-catching performance at Southwell. He was sat in mid-division under jockey Barry McHugh and had a lot to do turning for home. He picked up really strongly and chased down the leaders. He stayed on to win by half-a-length for owner Dr Marwan Koukash.


Since joining us back in May Claire Underwood was won twice and been second twice on her first four starts. She’s ultra consistent and is still learning her trade. She was always prominent under Barry McHugh and took up the lead approaching the final furlong. She stayed on well under pressure and stayed on well to win by a head for the Parker Partnership.


Essenza picked up a nice bonus race at Wolverhampton and we were delighted for owner Derek Iceton who’s had to be patient. She’s been placed five times this season and i’m glad she now knows what it’s like to win. She was always prominent under jockey Barry McHugh. She had the lead inside the final two furlongs and stayed on strongly to win by half-a-length.


We have a little bit of festive cheer to share with you. Third Time Lucky has bee playing match-maker over the last few months.

We received an email from Rory back in September explaining that he and his girlfriend Sam had attended York races in July, the first time Sam had been. They decided to back Third Time lucky as they joked if they were to marry the name would be very fitting. Rory went one step further and said ‘if he wins I will ask you to marry me.’ He admits he didn’t think it very likely.

Well he won under apprentice Oakley Brown in the pouring rain and Rory told Sam he wanted to marry her but she deserved to be asked properly.

Rory then got in touch with us, telling us he had bought the ring and was planning the surprise. He asked us to get a video of Third Time lucky nodding his head, agreeing that if asked Sam should marry Rory.

Well we are delighted that Sam said yes!!

Glad we were able to help in some small way and we wish you every happiness.


This been some good news for Jarek and Amie who have been shortlisted for the final 10 of the Godolphin awards.
Jarek was nominated in the leadership category. Jarek has worked for us for the last nine years and has been a key part of our travelling team. He is our travelling head lad and takes on a huge amount of responsibility. He manages up to six drivers making sure they keep accurate logs on their hours and have enough rest time. On a busy Saturday when we have over 30-runners organising them to get to racecourses up and down the country is no easy feat. He also makes sure all the equipment including silks, bridles and buckets are packed and ready to go. The travelling team are sometimes forgotten as they are not seen leading up or working in the yard but they are often the ones that represent the yard on the most important occasions. I cannot be at every race, every day. I rely on my travelling team to represent me. Jarek is fantastic at speaking to owners on raceday. He clearly relays my instructions for jockeys and is straight on the phone if there are any questions or problems.

Amie has been shortlisted for the community award. Amie is one of the founding members of the Take The Reins project. This is a community initiative that helps young people from inner city schools and underpriverliged backgrounds get into racing. Amie set up Take The Reins around two years ago and in that time over 40 young people have visited our yard. As a result several have signed up the Northern Racing College and are working in the industry.

They both now have to undertake phone interviews before the shortlist of 3 for each category are announced early next year. We wish them the best of luck.


Red Hot made a nice debut at Wolverhampton in November and he really came on for the run to win real nicely in a competitive race at Newcastle. He was always prominent under jockey Barry McHugh and was ridden to lead a furlong out. He ran on strongly and was never challenged. He got up to win by a length-and-a-half. She looks a nice prospect for next year for owners Clipper Logistics. It was a welcome winner for Barry too, it was his first ride back after a nasty fall at the end off the summer.