We dipped a toe in the water last year in racehorse ownership with the team at EPDS Racing. When speaking to followers, it was clear that a National Hunt horse was going to be a preferred option so we have a mare for the rest of the National Hunt season, the partnership ending in May.
A daughter of up and coming sire Getaway, Someone New had three runs in point to points in Ireland before coming over to Rebecca Menzies yard. FU4 may not look the most inspiring form figures on the bare face of it but she was close up in third when coming down at the last both when falling and unseating. Both times she shaped as if three miles just stretched her at this early stage of her career, especially on soft ground.
Getaway may not be as well known as a jumps sire as the likes of Presenting, Flemensfirth or Midnight Legend but in the likes of the Nicky Henderson trained Verdana Blue and Willie Mullins’ unbeaten 200K purchase Getabird, he will soon be more of a household name. Getaway himself was a dual Group 1 winner over 1m 4f on the flat as well as claiming Group 2’s over as far as 1m 7f so he injects a mix of speed and stamina.
On the dam side of the pedigree, Someone New has a pair of winning half siblings in Auldthunder and Terfel’s Toscar, the former a 3m 2f chase winner, the latter also a three mile chase scorer. Strong Flame and Notary Nowell are other three mile winners from a previous generation so despite not staying three miles quite yet, she is bred to be a staying chaser in time.
She was due to make her debut in a bumper on the Tapeta at Newcastle on the 7th Janaury but with that meeting succumbing to the weather, she is now being aimed for a Listed contest at Market Rasen on the 17th Janaury. The fact that the team are happy to pitch her straight into a Listed contest is indicative of the regard in which she is held at home. Famed Irish amateur Derek O’Connor (who guided Minella Rocco to Cheltenham Festival glory in 2016) is of the opinion having ridden her twice that she is more than capable of holding her own in bumpers before heading over hurdles.
The initial lease is only until May, we can reassess from there how we proceed with her.
Interested? Email email@example.com with the subject “Syndicate” to get involved!
We want horse racing ownership to be accessible to all, so access to the myracing & EPDS Syndicate is available for just £25 per month with only five months on the lease, it’s a total expenditure of just £125 to get involved in a jumping prospect for the rest of this season but with the Lady Volante members getting first call on shares, there are limited chances to get involved in Someone New.
Each time Someone New runs, members will be contacted by email and any members who wish to visit the track as an owner will be entered into a ballot, with Owners & Trainers tickets distributed fairly among applicants. Prize money will be distributed yearly, or can be donated to charity, or can be used to pay off some/all of future subscription payments.
Just email firstname.lastname@example.org with the email subject “Syndicate” to register your interest in this limited opportunity.
Founded by avid horse racing fan John Powell, EPDS Racing now have a team of 18 horses in training across the UK and France. 2017 was an excellent year for EPDS, with the highlight definitely being the fifth place finish for Ami Desbois in the Cheltenham Festival Albert Bartlett, and with this 143 rating over hurdles (4 wins, 3 seconds and 2 thirds from just 11 starts) he promises to be an exciting chaser.
EPDS are keen to support the racing community, and donate £100 a month to charity among other things. We have utilised their extensive knowledge and network of contacts to find Someone New, and they will be on hand to provide help and information as we continue.
No. The trainer will provide honest opinions on the horse but at the end of the day, they are just opinions and he/she may be wrong. The syndicate is designed to get people involved in owning a race horse and visiting racecourses as an owner.
No, this just a starting figure and our hope is to open up the syndicate to more people in the future. Any extra subscriptions would be used to fund the purchase and training of extra syndicate horses, which all members (new and current) would gain a share in. For example, if we purchased a new horse, your cost per month would stay the same, but you’d have 0.25% of each horse rather than 0.5% of one horse.
Memberships are an agreement to join the syndicate for one year, at which time you will be asked if you want to continue or to leave. You are welcome to leave the syndicate at any time throughout the year, but you will lose any privileges you gained through joining the syndicate and forfeit any share of prize money you have earned so far.
Obviously, the welfare of the horse is at the forefront of our minds, as is her future well being. EPDS have an excellent record of looking after ex-syndicate horses after they have retired – see their Retired Horses page for more information and will find a home for the horse after racing.
The jockey will wear the classic EPDS silks, as the syndicate is being managed and run by EPDS. If this is a success we may have our own silks in future, so watch this space!
We are going to lease the horse, which means that – rather than owning the horse – we are essentially borrowing the right to run the horse under our ownership for a set amount of time. Once this time period has elapsed, the horse will return to the owner, and we will look to continue the syndicate with a different horse.