Churchtown Champ runs for the Coral Champions Club and Dan Skelton in the Kauto Star Novices' Chase on Boxing Day.
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Tom Scudamore booked to ride Coral horse in Kempton Park Grade One

| 25.12.2016

The Coral Champions Club, a racing club set up by Coral three years ago, will celebrate its first ever runner in a Grade One race on Boxing Day, when Churchtown Champ lines up in the Kauto Star Novices’ Chase.

The horse is trained by Coral Ambassador, Dan Skelton and, with stable jockey Harry Skelton riding Virgilio, will be ridden by another Coral Ambassador, Tom Scudamore.

“This is the most exciting day in the Coral Champions Club’s history and the fact that our first Grade One runner is trained by a Coral Ambassador and ridden by another Coral Ambassador makes it a very proud day for Coral as a whole”, said Simon Clare, Coral Spokesman.

“We are passionate and very active supporters of British racing, and the Coral Champions Club is just one example of our efforts to promote the sport to our customers”, added Clare.

Churchtown Champ is a 10/1 chance with Coral for the race following today’s declaration stage with nine rivals lining up against him. Five Coral customers, and members of the Coral Champions Club, have won a competition to own the horse for the day and will be attending Kempton Park and receiving full hospitality in a box as part of the prize.

“Coral is also the proud sponsor of Colin Tizzard and his team, and we will be cheering on both Cue Card and Thistlecrack to finish one two in either order in the King George, even if neither result will be particularly good for bookies”, added Clare.

** Coral Betting on Kauto Star Novices’ Chase
7-2 Anibale Fly, Frodon, 5 Might Bite, 11-2 Present Man, 7 Minella Daddy, 9 Virgilio, Amore Alato, 10 Churchtown Champ, 40 Caracci Apache, Royal Vacation

** About the Coral Champions Club

The Coral Champions Club is a free to join Racing Club where members get the chance to enter competitions to own the Club racehorses each time they run. All people have to do is visit the club website and sign up to receive the regular newsletters, and they can then enter competitions to own the Club horses when they run, or attend stable visits to the Club’s trainers’ yards, so long as they are Coral account holders.

The Coral Champions Club owns four racehorses with three trainers.

– Churchtown Champ with Dan Skelton
– Status Quo with Harry Fry
– Innocent Girl with Harry Fry
– Battle of Ideas with Colin Tizzard



Simon Clare

Simon Clare joined Coral in 1997 as Racecourse PR representative and was
promoted to Coral PR Director in October 2002. Between 2008 to 2011 Clare
added Trading to his responsibilities in a new role as Coral Trading & PR
Director. In 2011 he relinquished his Trading responsibilities and assumed a
new wider role of PR & Broadcast Director responsible for all Coral Public
Relations activity, CoralTV and Social Media. Clare has extensive broadcast
experience on radio and television commenting on a diverse range of betting events from the obvious - horse racing, football and sport - to the more obscure - politics, reality TV, showbiz and the weather.
Simon Clare is a keen sports fan, still turning out for Carshalton FC on a
Saturday when work allows.