If I said the name Club Tropicana. What would come to mind?
For many, it would most likely be lyrics to a very popular song from Wham, released in 1983, from the Fantastic album of none other than George Micheal and Andrew Ridgley.
How times have changed.
The name Club Tropicana lives on as if transcending life in the form of a race horse. A horse in the ownership of Rebel Racing, trained by Richard Spencer. These connections are probably more familiar to you with their excellent two-year-old Rajasinghe who has proven himself to be a specimen racehorse winning the Coventry Stakes (Group 2) at Royal Ascot and a creditable third, under a penalty, in the July Stakes (Group 2) at Newmarket.
It's a small world. And, you never know who you will bump into as you make a train journey from Norwich station to Great Yarmouth for a day at the races.
This was one of our many visits to Great Yarmouth Racecourse, in Norfolk, on the coast, to enjoy not only a day's racing but the splendor of a traditional British holiday destination. Later, if the horse racing wasn't enough, we have a night in the Grosvenor Casino which is situated in the grandeur of the Shadingfield Lodge, a beautiful Victorian Listed build once frequented by Edward VII, future King of England. Son of Queen Victoria if you love your history. Take a virtual tour here.
Well, we follow two-year-old racing and had our eye on Club Tropicana who is a daughter of Helmet out of a winning mare, trained by James Toller. By chance, we got chatting to two gentlemen who were sitting opposite us on the final part of the journey to Great Yarmouth. And they were the owners of Club Tropicana. We had a conversation about the horse and Rajasignhe before leaving, feeling that this filly will be winning before the season is concluded.
Watching the two-year-olds walk around the parade ring, we spotted the said horse and connections. A big, tall filly who will definitely grow into a talent. She is an impressive juvenile who certainly covers some ground with a giant stride. I had a few quid each-way but didn't collect, finished a respectable sixth place in a competitive race. I would suspect, connections had hoped for a little more but I am very interested in seeing Club Tropicana on her second start. Perhaps she will return to Great Yarmouth for the Eastern Festival this September.
That would be ideal.
You never know who might be sitting next to you on a train.