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7 January

Racing is in this OV’s Blood

OV Richard (Bargee) Brown (S 86-96) finished 2021 on a high when he was awarded the prestigious Bloodstock Agent of the Year by the Federation of Bloodstock Agents.

This follows a particularly successful year for Richard, with his breeze-up purchase of the Royal Ascot and dual Group 1-winning two-year-old Perfect Power, by Overbury Stud’s first-season stallion whom he bought as a yearling and now manages and promotes. This is in addition to on-track successes with the Group-winning two-year-old Caturra (Group 2 Flying Childers Stakes), Light Infantry (Group 3 Horris Hill Stakes) and the Listed winners With Thanks (October Stakes), Ad Infinitum and Nymphadora.

The award was presented by Geoffrey Howson, the honorary president of the Federation of Bloodstock Agents, who said, “I first met Richard when he was being tutored by my friend, the late and great bloodstock agent, Joss Collins. I have always thought that Richard shows the same work ethic and professionalism as Joss, who must have been a wonderful mentor. Richard has a very similar modus operandi at the sales, including the same favoured bidding position at Tattersalls. I know that in his turn Richard now helps many young people aspiring to enter the industry.”

While at King’s, although Richard was a keen member of the Boat Club and coxed for both the 1st and 2nd crews, his true passion was equestrian. Rather than taking the traditional route of A Levels and University, Richard left School in Fifth Form to ride in point-to-points in the knowledge that he wanted to be an equine professional. Richard’s career started in earnest on stud farms, with the help of a family friend. The rest, as they say, is history – a 20-year career history, to be exact.

Richard explains, “It is 20 years this year that I became an agent, and this award is a great honour, especially considering how fortunate I feel that my hobby is my job.

“It was through the BBA (British Bloodstock Agency) that I met Joss Collins, who was like a second father to me; he was a mentor, he was amazing.

“In 2001 I was working at Windsor Park Stud in New Zealand, but the BBA was bought out by, essentially, asset strippers. Luckily, Joss and Tom [Goff] took a chance and offered me a job. Joss died in 2004, but we went on and we have since been joined by Stuart Boman and Tom Biggs.

Bloodstock Agent Richard Brown

“We are very lucky in that we have an amazing group of clients, many of whom have been with us a very long time. Most of our clients, in fact the vast majority, also become great friends – this is their hobby; they enjoy it, so seeing them achieve success is great. The most satisfying aspect is definitely success for the client: in the sale ring for the commercial clients I work for, and also those for whom we are buying racehorses.

“Our clients put a lot of trust in us; we are spending extraordinary amounts of money for them. If you brought someone here who was not in the racing industry, they would think you were absolutely bonkers because you are spending the equivalent of the price of a house on a little fluffy thing! So when those things come off, and it goes right, that is the pinnacle; I am very lucky to do what I do for a living.”

Our many congratulations, Richard, on this recognition for your hard work, and we look forward to seeing what the next 20 years bring!