Jet Away gelding, a new geegeez syndicate for 2024

New Syndicate: Will You Jet Away With Us?

As regular readers will know, geegeez.co.uk syndicates a small team of racehorses under both codes, but mainly jumpers. With a couple of the team nearing the end of their time with us ahead of pursuing new careers I've sourced a 'store' horse to be part of the next chapter. Full details are below, so read on if this might be of interest...

The Horse

A good looking athletic son of top sire Jet Away, this as yet unnamed four-year-old gelding was purchased for €42,000 from the Goffs Arkle Sale last June. His dam, Forge Field, was unraced but is a daughter of Faraday Lady, herself a full sister to RSA Chase winner Lord Noelie. Forge Field's own sister won ten races under Rules!  You can view his pedigree here.

He has a half-brother, Forged Well, who in his first season - the one just finished - managed a win, a second and a third from five races. He'll be interesting to follow next season and looks very likely to progress a good bit further for a fence.

Jet Away is still a relatively young stallion, with his first crop currently eight years old. That crop includes the Grade 1-winning mare Brandy Love; and he's since produced the likes of Three Card Brag, third in the Grade 1 Champions Novice Chase at last month's Punchestown Festival; the seven-time winner Clear The Runway; six-time winners Twinjets, Dreams Of Home and Jet Plane; and Listed winner Space Tourist. Most of these are still racing with more to come.

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Turning attention to our lad, since being bought a year ago he's been broken in, pre-trained and has run in a private schooling hurdle to get experience of what a race feels like.

Here he is (left hand side, white face) having a canter...

 

And this is the schooling hurdle where he was just asked to travel amongst horses...

 

Right now, he's out in a field eating grass and getting nice and fat - growing into that big frame - ahead of coming back for this season's plan, which is outlined further down the post.

 

The Trainer

To be trained in due course by Olly Murphy, who is based in Wilmcote, near Stratford-upon-Avon. Olly is in his eighth season training, and has already amassed two Grade 1 wins, four Grade 2's and seven Grade 3 or Listed contests. He's closing in on 600 total wins at an overall strike rate of nearly 18%, which is very impressive.

Olly has been a very lucky trainer for us, all five of the horses we've had there winning. They included Oxford Blu, a first Cheltenham Festival runner for geegeez syndicates (and for Olly, incidentally); Swaffham Bulbeck, who won on Gold Cup day TWICE (though not at Cheltenham!); and Sure Touch, who was won a remarkable seven races out of eleven, and over £50,000 in prize money, since we took ownership of him two years ago. He's being aimed at a tilt at the £100,000 to the winner Summer Plate in July.

The plan

The plan for Jet Away is as follows:

  1. Syndicate him into ten shares
  2. Give him a name [syndicate members will do this]
  3. Let him eat grass for a while longer
  4. Send him back to Ireland for further education, with a view to running in a point to point some time around December

 

He'll be taken care of in Ireland by Michael Kennedy at Innishannon, about five miles southwest of Cork, and roughly the same distance northwest of Kinsale. It's a lovely part of the world, and one from where my partner Carole's extended family all hail. We'd be headed there to see how our boy is progressing and to sample the local hospitality!

 

From there, we'll decide whether or not to continue with a further point run or to return to the UK for a race or two in National Hunt Flat contests. Either way, he'll have an excellent grounding ahead of a full season novice hurdling the following term; and he has the make, shape and pedigree of a smart chaser in the coming years.

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This project is quite different from any I've undertaken before and, as I say, it will involve one or more trips to Ireland to view the horse, including in any point to point runs, as well as the associated fun and camaraderie that such a jaunt entails.

The investment

He wasn't a cheap store horse when purchased a year ago for €42,000, but of course quality rarely is. To that has been incurred sales fees, transport to and from Ireland, pre-training, and then full training with Michael, as well as grass keep now that he's back at Olly's Warren Chase stables.



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After his summer holiday, he'll go back to Michael to be trained for a point to point run around Christmas time. And then we'll think about a bumper in the spring. This is just the beginning of his - and our - journey with all roads leading to his chasing career down the track.

I'm syndicating him into ten equal (10%) shares, of which four are spoken for already. The cost per share is £5,000 + VAT which covers purchase, all expenses to date, and training until the end of November (which will be funded by the reclaimed VAT). From 1st December, £195/month per share covers ongoing upkeep. Put another way, I hope and expect that once your share is paid for there will be nothing further to contribute until he's run, or ready to run.

Those figures include everything except insurance - individual members may insure their share if they wish - up to the end of November 2023.

Syndicate members will be entitled to two owners' badges each time the horse runs (except major Festivals, wherer we'll try for that many but it can be trickier), a 10% share of all prizemoney and any future net sales proceeds, stable visits, and regular updates on progress. With this particular horse, I expect we'll be planning a trip to Ireland to either watch him in a point to point or/and to see him training in a few months' time. Guessing we'll make a weekend of that!

If you'd like to reserve a share or for more information, drop me a line here.

Matt

 

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