Not so much a tip, but you can join in the fun by having a couple of quid on our syndicate horse See The Eagle Fly, who runs in the 2.30 Leicester today.
Peter Sullivan bravely bought her from Ireland with a view to selling shares and my wife Margy and I decided to spend our holiday money on something that lasts much more than a fortnight, and took the plunge. She’s a lovely looker and after a consistent but winless time on the Flat in Ireland she gave us a huge thrill when winning at Fontwell on her debut, travelling through the race like a Champion Hurdler before giving us a wee scare close home when she started looking for her stable rather than the winning post.
That was a class 4 race. She’s up to class 3 today and also has a penalty of 5lbs, a kind of double whammy that will make it tough for her to follow up. But her trainer Harry Whittington (Simply The Betts: Rouge Vif: Saint Calvados) said this morning that her prep has gone perfectly and he’ll be pleased if she’s in the first three.
So, wherever she finishes, give her a cheer as she passes the post.
I can’t recommend highly enough buying a share in a racehorse. You can do so in the big syndicates for a small amount (although everything is relative): I know people who spend about £30 a month on it. The beauty is that whether it’s a syndicate of 6 or 600 every single shareholder feels and acts, quite rightly, that it is their horse. And friends and family soon pick up on it – ‘Joe’s horse is running today!’.
You’ll get a season of drama, suspense, hopes, fears, ups and downs – a bit like life on high octane fuel. Let me know by commenting on this if you want me to write a bit more about syndicates and how to join one.
Here is Stef. Wish us luck!