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Fortune Favours The Brave As Syndicate Closes In On All-Weather Record

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In The Paddock Staff

Posted on March 4, 2020

Agent Of Fortune cost just 3,000 gns at the autumn sales but has won seven races for her syndicate the Foreign Legion this winter and is now on the brink of making All-Weather history.

When five friends came home from the Horses in Training Sale at Tattersalls in October with a lowly-rated mare they had bought for just 3,000 gns, none of them could have expected the adventure they were about to embark on.

She made a dream start for her syndicate, the Foreign Legion, winning at the first time of asking at Lingfield Park in December off an official rating of just 50 for her trainer Gary Moore.

Remarkably, the daughter of Kheleyf quickly rattled up a hat-trick before Christmas but 2020 had even more success in store as she added four more victories to become the winning most horse of the All-Weather Championships season with a magnificent seven.

Now the five-year-old is on the brink of making history. One more win will see her become the only horse to win eight times in an All-Weather season – a record that remains very much in her owners’ sights despite two set-backs.

“Breaking that record is very much on our agenda,” says co-owner Andy Grinter, a successful owner in his own right who bought the mare on the recommendation of his friend and former jockey Simon Whitworth.

“We hoped she would make history on Winter Derby day at Lingfield when she finished strongly from off a steady pace to be third. The race just wasn’t run to suit her so we decided to try again four days later.

“Agent Of Fortune was sent off favourite for a 1m handicap at Kempton Park (on Wednesday 26th February) and it looked like she was going to achieve the feat about a furlong and a half out, but she just got tired,” he explains.

“The previous week she was made the short-priced favourite for another race at Kempton but the race was abandoned due to a floodlight failure, which was really frustrating but it clearly wasn’t meant to be.

“We realised we’d gone to the well once too often and that she was telling us she was ready for a break but she’s come home fine and Gary will freshen her up now. She will tell us when she’s ready but we still have about six weeks to get that eighth win on the board, so fingers crossed,” adds Andy.

All five of her owners met through their involvement in the Inside Track Racing Club with Epsom trainer Jim Boyle and, despite success with horses such as Exec Chef and Hateya, decided they would like to buy a horse to run under their own banner.

Moore, who had trained almost 50 winners for Andy, was an obvious choice of trainer for him as he linked up with Andy Thorns, Mike Xiberras, Max Borrelli and Norbert Camenzuli to form the Foreign Legion.

The tough and versatile Agent Of Fortune has won three times at Lingfield over 1m, twice at Chelmsford City over 7f and 1m and also at Wolverhampton (7f) and Kempton (1m), improving her rating a whopping 33lb to a new mark of 83. Not bad for a mare who hadn’t troubled the judge in over a year before being snapped up so cheaply by her shrewd connections.

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