Ever fancied owning a racehorse? Fleetwood men Geoff Holden and Andy Eaton did – and the syndicate they set up six years ago, the Mount Racing Club, has been enjoying some impressive successes on the turf ever since.
Club members band together to buy shares in a decent horse, which is looked after at reputable stables and ridden by experienced jockeys. When the horse wins, members enjoy bumper dividends.
Geoff, a window cleaner in Fleetwood, always dreamed of owning a horse, and decided a syndicate was the best way to do it, giving ordinary people a chance to own a prestigious animal.
Now the club’s current horse, two-year-old Fidelma Moon, has romped to victory at the 7f Novice Stakes at Wolverhampton, with jockey Joey Haynes in the saddle.
The young filly, with impressive breeding pedigree behind her, showed her inexperience early on by appearing to be reluctant to enter the stalls.
Early in the race, she found herself four or five lengths behind the rest of the field. However, in the end she ran out a comfortable winner.
Geoff said: “It was a very impressive win, and our happy band of owners were cheering in the stands.
“We’re proving you don’t have to be rich and famous to own a decent racehorse.”
The syndicate is developing a good track record for horses. A previous, Eva Clare, was also a winner. And the horse before that, Loki’s Strike, had football star John O’Shea as a shareholder.
Geoff added: “We may now consider giving Fidelma Moon one more run before the season ends, but after that she will be put away for the winter and let her grow up and mature, then we can all look forward to a very smart prospect for the future.”
To find out more about the syndicate, visit www.themountracingclub.co.uk or you can contact Geoff on 07852 153969.