Haynes Hanson & Clark Celebrate 40 Years of Sponsorship at Newbury Racecourse



Independent wine merchants Haynes Hanson & Clark, founded in 1978, will celebrate a major milestone on Friday 18 September with the 40th consecutive running of the Haynes Hanson and Clark Conditions Stakes. The sponsorship marks a feat that only six other current serving sponsors can lay claim to in British Racing.

Haynes Hanson and Clark took over the sponsorship in 1981 with past winners including Rainbow Quest in 1983 ridden by Pat Eddery and Unfuwain in 1987 trained by Major Dick Hern. Local trainer, Marcus Tregoning is currently the most successful trainer in the race with five winners including Ethmaar (1999), Nayef (2000), Elshadi (2003), Taameer (2008), Cavaleiro (2011) commenting: ”The Haynes Hanson & Clark fits well in the calendar for the higher class late maturing two year olds. They will often go on to contest the trials and classic races the following year.”

This year’s race will sadly be run behind closed doors as result of COVID. A rather different experience for Nick Clark who has managed the sponsorship every year since the first running in 1981. Reflecting on the 40 year association with the race, Nick said: “Having established Haynes Hanson and Clark in 1978, Denis Haynes and I set out to sponsor a race as a thank you to a lot of racing clients for their loyal support and this race at Newbury was well timed for us.”

“I recall our first year which was won by Super Sunrise, trained by Gavin Hunter. We had about 50 guests that year, mainly from the world of racing. Since then, numbers have grown to about 200 every year across a wide spectrum of clients, many of whom have never been racing – but now love a day at Newbury!

“We are immensely proud of our 40-year commitment to this race and to British Horseracing and are looking forward to Friday’s renewal under very unique circumstances.”

Since 1981, the winning owner has always walked away with a case of magnums of fine claret and will again do so on Friday afternoon for the 40th running of the race. In total, 240 magnums will have been awarded to winning owners and 480 bottles for the winning connections of both the second and third placed runners.

The 40th running of the Haynes Hanson & Clark Conditions Stakes sees 5 runners declared for 1mile contest for two-year-old colts and geldings and includes recent Newbury winner Baradar, trained by Roger Varian.

“It’s a tough looking race, and should be competitive,” said Varian. “Baradar will lack a bit of experience but won nicely at the course on his only run. He’s been training well and is a promising horse, a mile at Newbury should suit him well.”

Local trainer and Haynes Hanson & Clark client Eve Johnson Houghton also has Jumby in the race and commented: “Jumby is in great form, I’m very happy with him. We are pleased to have better ground than his last run at Newbury and are looking forward to it. My thanks and congratulations must go to Haynes Hanson & Clark on their 40th year of sponsorship, they are a fantastic company – we use them for all our wine needs, they really have been a godsend during lockdown!”

Julian Thick, Chief Executive of Newbury Racecourse added: “40 years of sponsorship is an incredibly rare achievement in any sport and we would like to thank all the team at Haynes Hanson & Clark and in particular Nick Clark for his ongoing and unwavering support of the race. Their commitment to Newbury and British Horseracing is to be applauded and we are very sorry not to be able to host them on Friday afternoon.”

The 40 Anniversary Haynes Hanson & Clark Conditions Stakes – 5 runners

Horse Trainer Jockey
Baradar Roger Varian Rossa Ryan
Jumby Eve Johnson Houghton Charlie Bishop
Knight Salute Andrew Balding Oisin Murphy
Megallan John Gosden Martin Harley
Yibir Charlie Appleby William Buick