So wrote a Mr William Shakespeare, dear reader, whilst giving voice to Richard III, in the play of the same title. The king was lamenting at the battle of Bosworth Field where, ultimately, he was to lose his life and the lineage to the throne, usurped as he was by Richmond, latterly Henry VII.
As lead-in's to a post go, that was tenuous, I grant you. But I was feeling somewhat literary this morning, so thought I'd roll with it anyway!
My point in all this Elizabethan bluster? The subject of a horse, a horse, a Geegeez geegee.
In the poll top right of this page, enough of you expressed a desire to know a bit more, so I've spoken to Julia Feilden, my trainer, and she has given me a feel for what can be done. The story goes like this:
To train, feed, stable, shoe, administer medical attention, transport, hire jockeys and enter into races costs a fixed fee of Â£15,000 for a year.
This of course is after we've bought the animal! If we assumed a 'transfer fund' of Â£10,000 to secure our horse, then that would make the total Â£25,000 for the year. (If the horse cost less, we'd leave the difference in the 'kitty' for the end of year divvy up of monies).
The horse would be either sent to the sales at the end of the year, or we could decide to keep it for another year, with the ongoing associated costs.
There would be an equal division of all prize money amongst 'shareholders', and an equal division of the sales price (less taxes, etc) at the end of the ownership period.
Julia tells me that the best way to get a horse is to claim one, but there are also July sales coming up at Newmarket if we can move fast enough (I suspect we won't be able to but there are some nice animals there which we could potentially afford, depending on how the auction goes).
We'd be looking to buy a moderate animal (flat rating around 60 odd), that could be either a dual purpose horse or would run on the all weather as well as turf.
As well as a share in the horse, Geegeez Syndicate membership would also provide:
- Stable visits to Julia's Harraton Stables in Exning, next to Newmarket
- A 'Hoofbeats Tour' day, where we go round Newmarket with a tour guide
- Owners' badges for race days for syndicate members (guests will receive a subsidised ticket price)
- Monthly stable updates (Julia has around 20 horses in training)
- Free or subsidised access to some Geegeez racing services
So, my thinking is this:
A syndicate of 50 people, each paying a once off Â£500, or Â£100 a month for 6 months. That is, it is cheaper to pay once off.
The horse will run in the name and colours of Geegeez.co.uk. This is "what's in it for me" if you like. I will pay for and own a 'golden' share, which grants me just the single special privilege of naming the syndicate and choosing the colours.
My share costs the same and has the same division of prize / sale money as any other. It just allows me to publicise Geegeez.co.uk. I hope you agree that this is fair for the work involved in pulling it together.
For now, please write a comment below, with an expression of interest or questions or any other thoughts.
[It may be that what is a cracking idea doesn't happen, due to the cost / numbers etc, but let's have a debate]
If there was enough interest, we could be up and running within six weeks and, if we'd claimed a horse, he'd be race fit and ready to run.
Let me know what you think!