Phil Boyle

Phil Boyle

Phil Boyle has been a racing enthusiast since his teens and bought his first share of a racehorse in the early 2000s. For the last ten years, Phil has been running BG Racing Syndicates and aims to provide fun, friendly and affordable access to racehorse ownership. Phil is always happy to talk about ownership and can be contacted via his website, www.bgracingsyndicates.co.uk. Phil enjoys a bet every day and uses Race Adviser’s Racing Dossier software to help him to identify his selections.
  • Jul- 2021 -
    4 July
    AdviceInside the Rails – Spectators Back In Numbers! 1

    Inside the Rails – Spectators Back In Numbers!

    First up, my apologies for the lack of an article in May. Things all got rather busy (see below) and I ended up with loads of admin to do, which in turn set back other tasks. It does mean that I have plenty to tell you about though! It has been great to see spectators back on the racecourse. Even…

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  • Apr- 2021 -
    21 April
    AdviceInside the Rails – Looking Forward To The Summer Action 2

    Inside the Rails – Looking Forward To The Summer Action

    It has been a pretty eventful few weeks since my last article. The Cheltenham Festival took place and, although there were no fans, the action was every bit as exciting as it always is. Within BG Racing, we had loads of fun with a tipping competition for shareholders, and daily Zoom calls where several shareholders and I got together to…

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  • Feb- 2021 -
    2 February
    AdviceInside the Rails – Two Runs Down, One To Go 4

    Inside the Rails – Two Runs Down, One To Go

    The first month of 2021 is in the books, and while we have some vaccine rollout and some light at the end of the tunnel, it seems unlikely that we will have spectators at the Cheltenham Festival this year, which will be a real shame. On a personal basis, I am looking forward to the time when owners are allowed…

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  • Jan- 2021 -
    3 January
    Race Horse OwnershipHorse Racing Syndicates In 2021: How They're Going To Work! 6

    Horse Racing Syndicates In 2021: How They’re Going To Work!

    Lots of us will be happy to see the back of 2020 and will be hoping that 2021 is a big improvement! I’m particularly hoping that members of horse racing syndicates are able to enjoy visiting more racing. I must say, it seems unlikely improvement will be seen in the early weeks, as restrictions seem to be tightening and, unfortunately,…

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  • Dec- 2020 -
    1 December
    AdviceInside the Rails Spectators Back At The Races 8

    Inside the Rails Spectators Back At The Races

    Another month of lockdown is almost behind us in England. It seems that there will be some spectators back at the racecourses in the coming days, in what was a surprise change in policy. It will of course depend on the local restrictions in the area where the course is located and is subject to change, but with an increase…

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  • Oct- 2020 -
    27 October
    AdviceInside the Rails – Here Comes The Jumps 10

    Inside the Rails – Here Comes The Jumps

    I am writing this at a time when, any other year, I would be stood on the steps at Cheltenham watching the first meeting of the new jumps season. It is great to see the jumps season back as, if I am honest, I prefer the jumps to flat racing! Ok so it would be even better if I could…

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  • 1 October
    AdviceInside the Rails – No Return of Spectators Could Have Massive Impact 12

    Inside the Rails – No Return of Spectators Could Have Massive Impact

    Obviously, with spiralling numbers of positive Covid tests across the country, the news that spectators will not be allowed to return to sports venues in the short term, and possibly for six months, came as no surprise. It is however a hammer blow for so many sports venues and clubs who rely on gate receipts for a huge part of…

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  • Aug- 2020 -
    31 August
    AdviceInside the Rails – Summer Jumps as We Wait the Return of Spectators 14

    Inside the Rails – Summer Jumps as We Wait the Return of Spectators

    As good a job that racing is doing to keep “the show on the road”, the current situation is definitely starting to take its toll. This week, news was released that Arena Racing, who control a large number of UK racecourses, have written to their staff to advise of significant restructuring and probable redundancies at all levels across their business.…

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  • Jul- 2020 -
    29 July
    AdviceInside the Rails – Owners Back Racing and Crowds Being Trialled! 16

    Inside the Rails – Owners Back Racing and Crowds Being Trialled!

    July has rushed by for me – so much so, that the deadline for writing this article almost passed me by! The Derby & Oaks, the Irish Classics, the Newmarket July meeting, the York July meeting, Goodwood, the restart of jumps racing, there is no let up in the top-class action! Owners Back on Track The big change in July,…

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  • 2 July
    AdviceInside the Rails – Back With A Bang! 18

    Inside the Rails – Back With A Bang!

    A lot has happened in a month, after two months with nothing. Since I last wrote, racing has resumed, we had a aborted runner when Silver Imperial refused to enter the stalls, we watched the 1000 and 2000 Guineas. Then we had Royal Ascot, and finally Silver Imperial passed a stalls test. This weekend we have the Northumberland Plate and…

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  • May- 2020 -
    29 May
    Race Horse OwnershipInside the Rails – Racing To Return? 19

    Inside the Rails – Racing To Return?

    I am drafting this update on the 23rd May and by the time you read it, I am hoping that UK racing will be about to resume, or will have already done so. I hope that you and your families have remained well, there is more to life than racing and betting, and much as it will be good to get…

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  • Apr- 2020 -
    29 April
    AdviceHorse Racing Syndicates – All Change Please 20

    Horse Racing Syndicates – All Change Please

    I normally write this blog on horse racing syndicates and ownership about a month before they get posted, but with everything changing so fast, the guys have suggested that I submit it closer to publication and so here I am writing this on the 16th April. The way things are changing right now, it will still probably be out of date…

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  • Mar- 2020 -
    28 March
    AdviceHorse Racing Syndicates – Travelling The Country, Trainer Visits & A New Place To Watch The National! 21

    Horse Racing Syndicates – Travelling The Country, Trainer Visits & A New Place To Watch The National!

    I write these blogs on horse racing syndicates and ownership, about a month before they get posted, hence by the time you read this, the Cheltenham Festival will be in the book, so I hope you had a good one. At the time of writing, it is still raining, the ground is still heavy (and in places waterlogged), and I…

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  • 1 March
    AdviceINSIDE THE RAIL: Backing Winners and A Place Pay-Out Of Our Own 22

    INSIDE THE RAIL: Backing Winners and A Place Pay-Out Of Our Own

    After several months of fast ground, we moved into a period of abandonments due to heavy underfoot conditions from Christmas and there is not much sign of a let up yet! But that’s not going to stop us from backing winners. Ironically our first runner of 2020 nearly did not race due to the underfoot conditions being too hard, as…

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  • Feb- 2020 -
    2 February
    AdviceMount Oscar An Exciting Winning Horse For Your Notebook! 23

    Mount Oscar An Exciting Winning Horse For Your Notebook!

    Mount Oscar You will probably recall from my last post that we have a horse called Fr Humphrey who is being aimed at a valuable veterans’ race at Newbury in March? To ensure that shareholders had the chance to get to the races over the winter I paired Fr Humphrey with another horse called Mount Oliver in a “two horses…

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  • Dec- 2019 -
    22 December
    Race Horse OwnershipLeasing Horses... Why You Should Do It! 24

    Leasing Horses… Why You Should Do It!

    Before I get into leasing horses, you may remember in my last blog, that I was celebrating an unexpected win for one of our horses in a novice hurdle at Fontwell? Well things went on from strength to strength for that individual, Fr Humphrey! We headed to Kempton in late October for Fr Humphrey’s final race before his lease expired,…

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  • Oct- 2019 -
    6 October
    AdviceHorse Racing Syndicates (Inside the Rails) 25

    Horse Racing Syndicates (Inside the Rails)

    August was a down and up month for BG Horse Racing Syndicates, but every time you get a high from racehorse ownership, it reminds you that all the low points along the way are well worth putting up with! You may recall, from the last article, that we had brought in a lease horse, Fr Humphrey, for the summer. He…

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  • Aug- 2019 -
    3 August
    Race Horse OwnershipInside the Rails – Running A Horse Racing Syndicate 26

    Inside the Rails – Running A Horse Racing Syndicate

    In previous blog posts, I have covered most of the areas that form part of racehorse ownership, and you can read these blog posts at https://www.raceadvisor.co.uk/author/phil-boyle-2/ This month I thought I would focus on how all these elements come together. As you will see from my “About the Author” bio, I run BG Horse Racing Syndicates, through which I manage…

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  • Jun- 2019 -
    25 June
    Race Horse OwnershipInside The Rails 27

    Inside The Rails

    How many times do we see stories in the racing press relating to high profile horses missing a big race target due to a minor injury or niggle, and how often do we read about horses that will miss the rest of the season through injury? I am sure you will realise that this happens all the time, and these…

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  • May- 2019 -
    25 May
    AdviceInside the Rails – A Week In The Life of A Racing Manager 28

    Inside the Rails – A Week In The Life of A Racing Manager

    Ever wondered what goes into the preparation for a day at the races? One of the BG Racing horses, The Way You Dance, ran at Goodwood on the 4th May and I thought it might be interesting to outline what takes place in advance of a group of owners enjoying their day at the races! I run BG Racing and…

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