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"Horse Racing at Mornington" (CC BY 2.0) by Jessica M. Cross
"Horse Racing at Mornington" (CC BY 2.0) by Jessica M. Cross

Are you a horse racing fan that has experienced the rush of cheering on your favorite from the grandstand? Have you stood at the rails of the winner's enclosure and taken in the excitement and celebrations of trainers, jockeys, and owners after their horse has crossed the line in front?

If the answer to the above is yes, then why not get in on the act yourself by becoming a racehorse owner? It may seem like an unachievable dream given that the majority of owners are millionaires and the parade ring has become their playground, but thankfully, the dream is becoming a reality for more and more fans, thanks to the likes of Raceshare and their racing syndicate system.

What are Racing Syndicates?

As mentioned above, companies such as Raceshare have made the dreams of those wishing to own a racehorse much more achievable. Racing syndicates are put together to allow people from all different walks of life to experience the inner workings of racehorse ownership.

Whether it be friends, family, or complete strangers joining together, syndicates can bring you to places you could never have dreamed of and allow you to rub shoulders with members of the racing world that you have always admired from afar.

What Can You Expect?

For a small share price each year, being part of a racing syndicate includes the purchase of your horse, the training costs of your horse, and much, much more.

Syndicate members enjoy all the privileges of every other racehorse owner, whoever they may be. The sport of horseracing is very much an inclusive world, and you will have regular updates on your horse and visits to the yard to watch your horse being put through their paces close up.

When it comes to the day of the race, you will also experience everything that even the richest owners enjoy. Watch as your equine star struts its stuff around the parade ring, enjoy the bravado of the owners' lounge, and, hopefully, see your horse forge clear of the field to record victory.

"Racehorses on the gallops" (CC BY-ND 2.0) by PapaPiper
"Racehorses on the gallops" (CC BY-ND 2.0) by PapaPiper

The Rewards

The rewards of owning a racehorse come down to much more than any potential prize money. Unless you are lucky enough to own a horse that makes it to the industry's top level, the returns from winning races are minimal.

They say if you are looking to make money, then stay away from horses, but if you love the sport and money is not your be-all and end-all, then getting into ownership can be rewarding in many other ways.

Horses, as we all know, are wonderful animals. Each has their own personality but above all else, they love the attention of their owners and trainers and aim to please them as best they can. Being close to an animal under your name is something extra special, made it even better when they win a race.

Owning a racehorse is a nerve-wracking experience in more ways than one, but the feeling that is garnered from watching them growing up and racing are beyond words. With so many easy ways of getting involved now available, why not take the plunge and make another step forward in your love of horse racing?

There are lots of interesting articles in our section on Racing & Wagering.

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