RSA Chairman, Dan Abraham with Solario Racing's Simon Double

RSA Chairman, Dan Abraham with Solario Racing’s Simon Double

THE RACEHORSE SYNDICATES ASSOCIATION (RSA), of which Solario Racing is a member, had a promotional day at Stratford races yesterday for the first ever syndicate day on a British racecourse and it was a resounding success.

Billed as Ladies Day & Syndicate Sunday, the warm holiday weather attracted over 5,000 racegoers and it was an opportunity for the RSA to promote syndication in general and get across the message about best practice in syndication as well as encouraging existing syndicates and clubs to join the  industry body, the Racehorse Syndicates Association.

The RSA, which represents over 600 horses in training and 4,600 owners sponsored a race, the RSA, ‘Join A Syndicate’ Novices’ Handicap Steeple Chase, which was won by Game Line, owned by a newly-formed syndicate.

Alexander The Grey leads them over the water jump on the first circuit of the RSA sponsored race

Alexander The Grey leads the field on first circuit of RSA sponsored race

Technically, the Christian Williams’ trained winner was owned by the trainer but it was clear by the number of happy owners and friends in the Stratford Winner’s Enclosure that it was a syndicate and the trainer immediately launched The Park Inn Syndicate.

Three other races were also won by syndicates, including Rakhine State for The Armagh Bhoys Partnership in the selling hurdle, trained by Gordon Elliott and ridden by Richard Johnson who celebrated his birthday with a winner on his only ride of the day.

Best Dressed Syndicate Lady, Emma Goulden

Best Dressed Syndicate Lady, Emma Goulden

The other two were Dazibao in the bumper, owned by Turf Club 2018 and the 2m novice hurdle won by Some Day Soon, owne by Ogilvy, Shaw, Morley & The Racegoers Club. The last mentioned syndicate included Emma Goulden, who won the RSA Best Dressed Syndicate Lady prize, one of several prizes awarded by the RSA on the day.

A big thank you should go to RSA committee member, Jon Hughes and Ilona Barnett, Racecourse Manager at Stratford, who worked together to create such a unique and successful day.

RSA Chairman, Dan Abraham commented; “This event has been a success even before today’s Syndicate Sunday as we’ve attracted eight new members in the run-up. We’ll be looking to organise and host a similar RSA day at a major flat meeting in the near future.”