It’s been a whirlwind week at the winning post for business couple and racehorse owners Mark and Maureen Schofield.
The couple are co-directors of Castletown based corporate service provider Optimus Fiduciaries Limited.
Now they are celebrating after a spate of victories.
Maureen has seen her sprinter Mister Manannan gallop to victory twice in 10 days at Beverley races.
And she and husband Mark jointly own Majestic Manannan which put in a gutsy display to win a race at Pontefract a week last Sunday.
‘It’s been quite an exciting 10 days for our horses,’ said Maureen, shortly after arriving back in the office after arriving back from East Yorkshire following ‘Mister Man’s’ latest success.
Last September Business News reported how Maureen had never looked back since being given Mister Manannan, who is now seven, as a surprise 50th birthday present.
Now she has revealed that she bought her husband Mark a racehorse of his own in celebration of his 50th birthday.
The two-year-old filly is called Magh Meall. She has had two runs, the last one saw her come fifth at Thirsk.
The horses are all trained by charismatic trainer David ‘Dandy’ Nicholls based in Thirsk, North Yorkshire.
Maureen, originally from North Yorkshire, described Mister Manannan as her ‘little boy’ who has a habit of making a beeline for her scarf when she visits him at Nicholls’s stables.
‘I’ve been involved (in horseracing) since I was given Mister Manannan as a surprise present for a significant birthday four years ago last March. It’s proved to be the best birthday gift I’ve ever had. Mark’s always been interested in horse racing and his family have been too.
‘He’s my little boy and he’s quite a character. He’s stubborn and likes to have his own way but he’s been good to us.
‘Now we are hoping Magh Meall will also turn into a winning racehorse.’
The new arrival is named after a mythical island near Ireland.
Mister Manannan had previously won his last race at Beverley in April last year.
But Maureen and the trainer never gave up hope.
Then he repaid their loyalty by winning a five furlong race at the Yorkshire track on July 21.
Then he won his second race on the trot last Wednesday, again over the same distance at the Westwood, Beverley.
Maureen told Business News that Mister Manannan was now in tip top form.
And she revealed that he had been given special one-to-one treatment by Clare, the daughter-in-law of the trainer.
According to reports this had even included taking the gelding out with Clare to see the chickens .
Maureen said this special treatment had done the trick in helping to rejuvenate her equine pride and joy.
Maureen said their success with the horses has raised attention at the tracks. She said: ‘Commentators are always interested in the fact the ownwers have flown across from the Isle of Man to see their horses run.Everyone is always interested when we say where we have travelled from.’ The couple try to get to watch their horses run whenever they can.
Maureen is also part of a syndicate that owns another popular runner on the flat called Bonnie Charlie.
The couple are liaising with trainer Mr Nicholls to plot Mister Manannan and Majestic Manannan’s next outings which could be later this month, and bidding for more victories.