Soviet Song and her 2009 foal by Oasis Dream: the Group 1 winner is one of ten mares owned by the Elite Racing Club
important role in RFC
RACING For Change PR director Nick Attenborough said on Thursday that it would be "crazy to ignore" breeding in plans to broaden the appeal of racing.
RFC board members will meet in a month with proposals to encourage racehorse ownership on the agenda, and Attenborough said that looking at how the bloodstock industry can help promote racing could be the next step.
When asked if the RFC board have discussed the bloodstock industry's potential appeal to the public, he said: "Yes we are looking at it, in particular ownership. We see it as a critical part of it, the whole story of a horse's progression from birth to racecourse is total magic to me. We are meeting in about a month's time and once we've looked at ownership proposals we can look at promoting the breeding aspect."
Matthew Budden, manager of Elite Racing Club, a syndicate that has horses in training and also a band of ten broodmares including Soviet Song, emphasised the enjoyment his members gain from the club's breeding programme.
He said: "I can't overstate how important the breeding programme is to our members. What we generally get told is that the breeding element is one of the aspects that they enjoy the most.
"Within our club there are the planning of the matings, the 11-month wait for the foal and the wait for it to reach the racecourse. There's a very long but exciting build-up.
"We aim to take our members to the next level and they get to see other aspects of the sport that some people aren't aware of. I always think that the sales are fascinating for people whether you are into racing or not.
"The people who become our members already have an interest in racing, so are perhaps different from those who Racing For Change are trying to attract."