IT COULD BE YOU – Horse Racing

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A GREAT IRISH STORY ON DVD

This fantastic DVD, ‘Horse Racing Syndicates – It Could Be You’ follows the fortunes of two syndicates and their two racehorses. The syndicates featured are the Goat Racing Syndicate who own ‘Forpadydeplasterer’ one of the most popular Irish trained horses of recent years. The programme follows this top class chaser on the road to his Arkle Trophy win at Cheltenham in 2009. The second syndicate featured are the River Syndicate who lease (apt in today’s financial climate) the well-bred daughter of Presenting, ‘Presenting Lucy’.

The DVD is informative, exploring the pros and cons of leasing as against purchasing a racehorse. It gives a great insight into the thrills and joys of being part of a syndicate, including the social aspect of the sport. But it’s also realistic, and takes a look at the lows that can be endured. It contains some beautiful scenery around Ireland.

There are great interviews with trainers Tom Cooper and Philip Rothwell. Horse Racing Ireland gives advice and costs on setting up a syndicate, bloodstock agent Sean Tiernan (who purchased many great racehorses, including Solwhit) gives advice on finding a racehorse. Brendan Flood the agent of the River Syndicate gives approximate costs of keeping a horse in training. The former Minister for Sport John O’ Donoghue talks about the future of syndicate ownership and there’s great craic with syndicate members, including the colourful Charley Chawke.

The DVD contains footage from their major races including Cheltenham.

Duration: 35 minutes.