We’ve all been there, standing around the paddock, making a final check on the horse to be entrusted with our £10 bet. In the Summer you might see Aiden O’Brien with John Magnier and Michael Tabor briefing Ryan Moore or John Gosden with Andrew Lloyd Webber chatting to Frankie Dettori on the lawn in the centre of the paddock. If it is winter, then maybe it’s Willie Mullins and Rich Richie in conversation with Ruby Walsh or Nicky Henderson and JP McManus discussing their chances with Barry Geraghty. It’s all seems a bit unattainable for us “normal” racegoers doesn’t it?
Well it shouldn’t. Syndicate ownership and racing clubs are becoming more common and are bringing the ownership experience into reach for the “normal” racegoer, I know this because despite some inevitable protestations from my friends (and maybe my wife!), I consider myself to be a fairly normal chap and I have been involved in ownership for around ten years now.
So, what are the benefits of ownership and why should you care? Ownership is something I am passionate about and I believe that everyone who loves racing would have that experienced enhanced if they were able to get involved in ownership.
I am often asked to sum up the ownership experience and I usually use the same example which seems to resonate with most people. Most people have been to a football match and many follow a team. Imagine having a VIP season ticket for your club, that provides pre-match access to the manager of your team to discuss tactics for the game and then the chance to sit in on his tactical briefing to your star striker. After the final whistle, it entitles you to go and find them again so that the striker can give you his insights into what happened on the pitch, including his thoughts on how the game was won and lost and the manager can let you know what he intends to change in advance of the next match.
As far as I know, the Premier League Club’s don’t offer such a ticket, but the Premier League horseracing trainers do, and it is available to all their owners large and small.
In a short series of blog posts, I would like to take you inside the rails and give you a bit of insight into the ownership experience on race days and in between races. I will also explain the differences between sole ownership, syndicates and racing clubs and why I think that shared ownership options are so exciting, and I will round out the series by looking at ownership from a betting perspective and lift the lid on whether “inside information” is all it is perceived to be.
Look out for the next post and if the above has whetted your appetite, then why not download my free e-book which provides more information on all aspects of ownership. It does require you to enter an email address (which I only used to send a monthly newsletter and which you are welcome to opt out of at any time) and can be downloaded here: