The Team Wallop syndicate is looking forward to an exciting 2020 with a horse that members hope can emulate the achievements of “dream horse” Oh This Is Us.
Based with Richard Hannon, they have enjoyed a journey of a lifetime with their six-year-old, who last Easter added the All-Weather Mile Championship to an enviable CV that also includes two Listed wins, a Group 2 second in France and a valuable handicap success in Dubai.
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Now two-year-old Oh Purple Reign – named after the owners’ West End nightclub The London Reign – promises to take Team Wallop to new heights next season after winning three times and achieving an official rating of 101 in a productive first season.
The son of Sir Prancealot has won 6f contests at York and Chester since making a successful debut at Nottingham in May and underlined his undoubted potential by finishing second in the Group 3 Sirenia Stakes at Kempton in September.
Hannon decided to side-step a possible engagement in this weekend’s re-scheduled Group 3 Horris Hill Stakes at Newmarket with Pattern targets in mind next season.
Stuart Finch, who runs the Team Wallop syndicate, told ITP: “We feel incredibly lucky to have a horse like Oh This Is Us so for another exciting prospect to come along really is amazing. You could buy 50 and not get one as good as our star but now we’ve got two lovely horses.”
Team Wallop was formed by Stuart and friends Chris Paine, Daniel Fenn and Michael Palmeiri after they were introduced to Hannon by a mutual friend. “We had 15 minutes to come up with a syndicate name and ours is a bit of an in-joke,” explained Stuart.
“We wanted to find something that out wives and children could get involved in and enjoy with us and couldn’t have made a more inspired choice. Oh This Is Us was our first horse – we’ve only had three – and has taken us to Royal Ascot, Goodwood, Epsom’s Derby meeting, France and Dubai.
“We were bowled over by Richard and his wonderful facilities and felt honoured that such a big trainer with so many horses was prepared to take us on, as we are more racing hobbyists than experts. He has all the time in the world for us and has given our families so much fun it’s unbelievable.”
Oh This Is Us may be campaigned through the winter with a title defence on Good Friday a possibility but Team Wallop are already anticipating some big days out in the sun with his promising stable companion next summer.
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