An Exciting Opportunity!
Jason Fildes explains how you can be part of Horacio Apple’s new syndicate – an exciting opportunity to be part of a fun, sociable group of racehorse owners!
Horacio Apple’s is a gorgeous three-year-old 16.3 chestnut gelding who was bought privately at the Yorton dispersal sale in Cheshire. In these difficult times there is a wonderful opportunity to buy horses that would normally be beyond our price bracket (the recent Goffs Doncaster sale was 30 per cent down on values compared to last year) and we think we’ve got a bargain with Horacio!
He is beautifully bred – his sire is a son of the great Saddler’s Wells and on his dam’s side he’s related to the very good horses, Apple’s Jade and Apple’s Shakira.
The plan is for him to be trained in Cheshire by National Hunt trainer Oliver Greenall at his Stockton Hall Farm stables near Malpas.
Oliver says: “He has been a dream since he’s arrived. He looks the real deal, a natural jumper and I’m very excited to see him progress.
“We’d hopefully have him ready to run in a National Hunt flat race before the end of the year and then start novice hurdling in 2021.”
There are 15 shares in the Horacio Apple’s syndicate at £6,200 each which includes buying the horse and all training and racing costs in the first year. “We would go and see him in training at least once a month at stable visits, plus see him in all his races which will initially be here in the North of England. There are some lovely people already in the syndicate and it looks as if it will be a fun, sociable group of owners!”
The Government has run a test event at Warwick to see if small crowds can be allowed back onto racecourses. It is vital that this was a success as, like any sport, racing needs crowds to generate an atmosphere. Although it looks likely that there will be a further delay with regards spectators being allowed at sporting events, owners are allowed to go to see their horses in action and I’m pleased to say we have had large groups of owners recently at Doncaster and York. The racecourses are making a fabulous effort to look after the owners – the red carpet is out and all credit to them for making it such fun while observing the COVID protocol.
Let’s hope that by the time Horacio Apple’s is ready to make his debut we’ll all be able to be there!
Highclere – Jason Fildes