Week 2 in Lockdown….
Welcome to the Temporary Tuesday Takeover!
While we are in a national lockdown and not a lot going on at the yard, the blog will be taken over by a guest blogger every week!
This week we start with owner Sam Fizor. Sam owned Tinelyra and has been a member of the Jump On Board Racing Syndicate with Knockaderry Flyer.
‘I first met Max years ago when we both worked for Kim Bailey, but I have been involved with syndicate horses with Max Comley Racing for the last four years. The first horse was Tinelyra, owned by Zack Davidson, Max and myself. I can’t say it’s the clearest memory of how it all came about as you may have read in this month’s Trainer Talk article on the Point to Point Racing website. When your mates say, “we’ll just go for a couple of drinks”, the last thing you would expect is to wake up the next morning owning a racehorse. Hence the reason we called ourselves The We Agreed To This On The Sesh Partnership.
We had a lot of great days out with Tin and he was a real fun horse to be involved with. He was nothing special on paper, but his placings in the 2017/18 season helped towards Max winning the West Midlands Novice Rider Championship. He was also Max’s second ever winner as a trainer in his first season of training after hanging up his boots at the end of the 2017/18 season. He also provided us with possibly the most exciting finish to a race you have ever seen when winning at Lockinge in April 2019 under a brilliant “never say die” ride from Sam Burton.
Despite the absence of point to pointing, racing fans were treated to three days of first-class jump racing action from Cheltenham over the weekend. Some incredible performances on the track from Coole Cody, The Big Breakaway and Put The Kettle On among others. The meeting was not without its drama however, after the controversy surrounding the result of the mares bumper on Saturday. Personally, I agree with the consensus that surely racing should have something better in place for when these close finishes occur? Or perhaps at least applying a little logic to race planning when the nights are drawing in to allow for the possibility of a gloomy November evening?! Nevertheless, it was a fantastic weekend of racing.
I have been lucky enough to attend the Hunter Chase Evening Meeting in May twice as an owner during my time owning horses with Max. Our first visit was in 2018 with Tinelyra. This was very special for a number of reasons. Firstly, it was a dream come true to be there as an owner with your best mates, but also for Max as this was his last ride at the home of jump racing. Despite finishing down the field I cannot describe to you the sheer thrill of cheering on your horse at Cheltenham. Safe to say celebrations went on long into the night; if you’d seen us you might have thought we had won the Gold Cup! The next visit was with Knockaderry Flyer in 2019, this time as part of the Jump on Board Syndicate. Finishing a gutsy and competitive 5th in the four mile open. Cheltenham is and always will be my favourite racecourse and for someone on my budget to be able to experience Cheltenham as an owner is incredible.
You really don’t have to be a millionaire to own a racehorse, you can still get the same experience, same thrill and just as much satisfaction by getting involved in a syndicate. If you are looking for an affordable, fun, and inclusive experience of owning a racehorse then I can assure you, that is exactly what you get when investing in a syndicate with Max. You feel completely involved with your horses. Receiving regular videos, emails and messages keeps you updated on your horses’ progress throughout the season. Max also welcomes you to visit his yard as often as you like. In my opinion there is nothing better than spending a morning on the gallops in the stunning Cotswold countryside setting of his stables. From my experience I cannot recommend syndicate ownership with Max highly enough.
Looking ahead to this week’s weather forecast its looking slightly warmer but still very wet. Have a great week!
Knockaderry Flyer at Cheltenham
Tinelyra winning at Lockinge
A rather skinnier Max, Zack and Myself