Many people ask why I would give up a perfectly good day instead of going to the beach or doing something “normal” people would do to attend Open Days or Horse Sales, my response is simple, NETWORKING!
My passion runs that deep that I love attending these events for a number of reasons, the first is of course networking. Such events are a great opportunity to meet like minded individuals who are interested in the world of Race Horse Ownership or even to meet those that are simply coming for a day out. It is also a chance to get up close and personal with some of the industry stars and people that I have looked up to my whole life.
The other reason that I enjoy attending these reasons is the one reason I love about racing- THE HORSES! I love seeing the next generation of turf stars that have been purchased and to see them in the flesh. I like to know who has what horses and which trainer will be educating the babies through their career, of course allowing me to follow them and see if my initial opinion of the horse was spot on or if I need to re-educate myself.
So today (21st January 2018) I spent my very sunny morning at racing headquarters, Royal Randwick for an open day with the one and only James Harron Bloodstock Syndications as they were parading their 4 Magic Millions fillies. We were taken care of by Richard Haynes taking the microphone to MC the event and also were fortunate enough to hear from some of the best jockeys in the business- reigning Melbourne Cup winning jockey Kerrin McEvoy and the Longines World Best and rider of Winx- Hugh Bowman.
The 130 strong family orientated crowd was also addressed by the trainers that the fillies are headed to- Brad Widdup, Hall of Fame trainer David Hayes and Golden Slipper winning trainer Gary Portelli, each giving their insight into the filly that will head into their system and will be wearing the JHB colours (carried to victory by Capitalist).
While the next generation of jockeys and owners were entertained with face painting and pony rides, the current generation looked on and the horse flesh paraded and took the opportunities to ask the trainers any questions, for those that had not yet secured their share this was also another chance to make up their mind and snap up a share in all the fillies before they end up missing out.
So even if you do not have the deep pockets to be able to afford the share price, the day is a great opportunity to network and see the next generation of turf stars.
I highly suggest if you are interested in getting into ownership then these are the perfect days for you to attend to find out more about syndication and speak to those who have specifically chosen the horse and those that will train the horse for you.