HOPES are high for a Berkhamsted racing manager who wants to recreate the success of selling a syndicate racehorse for more than half a million pounds.
In 2008, yearling Hearts of Fire was bought for £13,000 and went on to exceed all expectations, winning more than £300,000 in prize money in two seasons when trained by legendary former jockey Pat Eddery before being sold for more than £570,000 earlier this year.
Simon Double, 52, was racing manager for Pat Eddery Racing when he spotted the horse at the Doncaster Yearling Bloodstock Sales back in August 2008, and he now runs local racehorse syndication company Jamasitr Racing.
Simon displayed a string of the latest horses bought for the syndicate at its first ever Yearling Parade on Sunday morning held at trainer Martin Bosley’s 160-acre stables in Chalfont St Giles.
These included a yearling colt called Indesatchel, which is related to the champion Hearts of Fire.
Simon said: “In human terms, this yearling colt would be a cousin to Hearts Of Fire, so he’s closely related. This colt only cost £12,000 so I’m hoping lightning might strike twice and we’ll have another superstar on our hands.”
Simon, who has lived in Berkhamsted for 15 years, co-founded Pat Eddery Racing with the former 11-times champion jockey Pat Eddery in 2003 and has played a key role in trying to unearth racing stars of the future.