I dreamt of owning a racehorse ever since those first vists to Taunton Races at the age of 11. Those dreams came true when my friends and I bought our first horse, a 4 year old mare called Tashlee Grove in training with our friend Brian Forsey when I was 18. She never got to the racecourse but a few horses later I had my first ever winner in my own colours on 14th May 1991, when Lady Primrose won a selling handicap hurdle at Newton Abbot under young jump jockey Carl Llewellyn (who went on to win the Grand National on Party Politics the following spring).

There followed one more winner in my colours (Aldahe at Lingfield Park over hurdles) before grown up things like work, mortgage, marriage and children took up more of my finances. I became a serial Syndicate member with Elite, Full Circle, Henry Ponsonby to name but a few before I took a share in Outset with Mark Kilner Racing. Outset was very successful on both the flat and over jumps and took me to some big racedays which gave me a taste of the life of the owner.

In Autumn 2005, I took the plunge and took a share in a 2 horse syndicate with Highclere Thoroughbred Racing. The 2 horses were Squadron trained by Amanda Perrett and Treat trained by Mick Channon. Treat surpassed all my wildest dreams by finishing 2nd in the Fillies Mile at Ascot as a 2 year old and then 4th in the 1000 Guineas before eventually being sold to Sheik Mohammed to stand at Darley Stud in Japan.

In Jan 2008, I bought into my first horse managed by Middleham Park Racing, Bonnie Prince Blue, quickly followed by my first 2 year old Victoire de Lyphar. I have become very impressed by the syndicate and Nick, Tim and Mike who run it and have got carried away to the extent of now owning shares (generally 5 percent) of 18 different horses in separate syndicates with MPR.

I thought I would share my thoughts and experiences with anyone who might be interested. If you have any interest in racing, I hope that my experiences may tempt you into the wonderful world of racehorse ownership.

I hope you enjoy reading my blog.

Friday, 1 March 2013


As Cheltenham approaches I have a connundrum for you.

The horse in question has performed as follows over the last 15 months:

Grade 2 Novice Chase - 2nd to Silvianaco Conti

Grade 2 Novice Chase - 3rd to Bob's Worth and Cue Card

Grade 1 Hurdle - 4th to Zarkandar, Rock on Ruby and Grandouet

Grade 1 Chase - 2nd to Sprinter Sacre

Now I know I'm incredibly biased but that's one hell of a Cheltenham 2013 Who's Who.

Our superstar MAD MOOSE is back on track for the festival after his heroics at Cheltenham last month behind Sprinter Sacre.
Only raised 5 lbs by the handicapper he is back to a mark only 1 lb higher than when he finished 3rd at Cheltenham over 3m when he was still learning the game l5 months ago.
Racing Post Ratings have Moose only 2lbs behind the Pipe Hot Pot, BALLYNAGOUR but still 33/1 NRNB with Paddy Power for the Byrne Group Plate and 33s generally.
Now, I know I'm biased but..................................??

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