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A-Z Syndicate Stories – Part 1

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In The Paddock Staff

Posted on March 1, 2018

Our A‐Z of syndicate, club or partnership‐owned horses.

Get your apologies in first, as we always like to say. This is by no means an exhaustive list and depending upon which horses you have been involved with or cheered home, or perhaps had a financial interest upon, there’s every chance you’ll have your own favourites who aren’t mentioned.

If your pride and joy isn’t mentioned here, then we’re sorry. We really are. But this was our stab at an A‐Z list of horses who have carried the colours of their multiple owners with distinction on British racecourses in recent memory.

A is for Acey Milan

Bought as a foal from his Irish breeder by the Owners For Owners partnership, he has been nurtured patiently by Anthony Honeyball, but has shown prodigious talent in bumpers this season, thrashing a good field at Newbury on his latest start.

He’s a possible contender now for the Champion Bumper at Cheltenham, but connections are prepared to wait for next season and a move into novice hurdling if they decide to sidestep the Festival. At four, he would be younger than most, if not all of his rivals if he did head to Cheltenham.

Great name too.

B is for Black Caviar

A syndicate comprised of friends formed over a couple of glasses of wine on a houseboat during a holiday on the Murray River enjoyed the sort of dream that usually only ever comes true in films when they teamed up to own ace Australian sprinter Black Caviar.

Undefeated in 25 races, she claimed all of the major sprint contests Down Under before heading to Royal Ascot where she took the 2012 Diamond Jubilee Stakes despite tearing a muscle during the race and receiving a ride from Luke Nolen that could be kindly described as confident and less kindly as hapless.

The first horse to feature on the cover of Vogue magazine, Black Caviar became a national hero in Australia and retired in 2013 to become a broodmare, having made her owners approaching £5million in prize money.

Black Caviar has since given birth to four foals, three fillies and a colt. Her first‐born, named Oscietra, has won two of her four starts so far in Australia.

C is for Captain Dunne

Just the sort of horse almost any owner, big or small, would want to be involved with, Captain Dunne was a flagbearer for Middleham Park Racing for many seasons.

He was finally retired at the end of 2016 after running in his 100th race. His distinguished career saw him win 12 races along with 11 second and 10 third places. Highlights in his career including winning the Gosforth Park Cup at Newcastle in 2010 and the Investec Dash on Derby day at Epsom in 2011, after finishing a short‐head second in the same race in 2009. He also just missed out on Group‐race success when going down by a nose to Inxile in the Prix De Saint‐Georges at Longchamp in 2011.

D is for Dream Alliance

Owned by 23 people from a small town in South Wales, who each initially agreed to pay £10 a week, Dream Alliance was bred from a mare who cost just £350 by an untried stallion and spent his first year living in a converted shed on one the owners’ allotments.

Sent to join Philip Hobbs, he made his debut in 2004 and proved himself a handy hurdler before winning a valuable handicap over fences at Perth in 2007. His greatest day came in 2009 when he took the Coral Welsh National under Tom O’Brien, his humble beginnings attracting much media attention.

He ran in the Grand National in 2010 but failed to show his best and was retired a couple of years later. In 2015, an award‐winning film was made of his story entitled ‘Dark Horse: The Incredible True Story of Dream Alliance’.

E is for Earth Summit

Only a small handful of syndicates have managed to win the Grand National, but one that hit the jackpot was The Summit Partnership, a group of friends assembled by Nigel Payne, well‐known in the sport for his roles for the Professional Jockeys Association and the Horseracing Sponsors Association, as well as working in Aintree’s press office. Earth Summit, trained by Nigel Twiston‐ Davies, landed the 1998 renewal.

Payne assembled five interested co‐owners and a collective budget of £6,000. They went to the Doncaster Sales and paid £5,800 for Earth Summit, so named as a major environmental conference was taking place in Rio de Janeiro at the time.

Earth Summit became the only horse to win the Aintree, Welsh and Scottish Nationals during a long and distinguished steeplechasing career and gave his syndicate – which included FA Cup goalscoring legend Ricky George – some of the greatest days of their lives.

F is for Forpadydeplasterer

The story of the purchase and naming of Forpadydeplasterer is a complicated one, but the name was ready before the horse when Irish publican Charlie Chawke asked trainer Tom Cooper to find him a horse good enough to carry both that name and the colours of the Sunderland FC football club he also part‐owned at that stage.

Within a year or two, Chawke and a syndicate including 20 customers from the The Goat Bar and Grill in the Goatland district of Dublin were involved in some of the most chaotic scenes ever witnessed in the winner’s enclosure at Cheltenham as they celebrated the Arkle Chase victory of their pride and joy.

Defying mathematics, the bunch of 20 had turned into 200 within minutes and a chorus of ‘Rose Of Tralee’ on the winner’s podium turned into an impromptu ‘Happy Birthday’ in honour of fellow owner JP McManus. It was unforgettable, beautiful madness.

G is for G Force

Another triumph for Middleham Park saw G Force claim a surprise victory in the 2014 Haydock Sprint Cup less than a year after connections had paid just 25,000 guineas for him at the sales.

The Group One victory saw his owners land a handsome profit, as well as supplying David O’Meara and Danny Tudhope with their first top‐level successes.

Most surprisingly of all though, G Force has so far failed to win another race since despite moving stables and even syndicates, as he raced for Ontoawinner in Ireland last year.

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