Horse racing is a competitive business with individuals and international syndicates prepared to spend millions in their quest for success.
While bloodlines are indicators of a winning formula, the best brains in racing, readily concede that horse racing isn’t an exact science and unspectacular looking horses with modest pedigrees can also make it to the top.
Irish people have a fixation with racing and there can’t be a better feeling than greeting your horse en route to the winner’s enclosure.
The perception generally, and with some justification, is that horse ownership is beyond the means of the ‘ordinary man/woman on the street’.
The good news for those chasing the dream is that racing clubs are now making it financially possible to own a horse.
The Jimmy Mangan Racing Club
Jimmy Mangan is one of the best known and most popular trainers in Ireland. A man who has chased many a dream, fantasy became reality in 2003 when Monty’s Pass mastered considerable opposition and formidable fences to win the Aintree Grand National.
Along with business partner, Maurice Caplice, he has set up the Jimmy Mangan Racing Club. The bottom line for would-be owners is that for a once off payment of €500 and a monthly fee of €50, they will become owners of not one, but 3 race horses.
The business of selecting, breaking, training, schooling and transporting the horses will be Jimmy’s responsibility.
Part of The Club
Racing clubs continue to grow in popularity and Jimmy believes this trend can only be good for the industry.
“It brings it (horse ownership) within the grasp of people who love racing but wouldn’t have the financial means to own a horse outright, I think it’s a great idea that can only be good for racing,” says Jimmy.
If the prospect of booking a bus for Leopardstown or Fairyhouse appeals to you and if you think a coveted owner’s badge would look good on your lapel, then the Jimmy Mangan Racing Club could be for you.
Interested individuals are advised to contact Maurice Caplice on 085-8326595.