Ride Of My Life

In Noel Harris’ autobiography Ride of My Life he’s enthusiastic about the relative recent rise of syndicates in racing. Harris should know. Back in 2004 he was riding Silky Red Boxer for the the most rowdy bunch of owners around—the Not Enough Taro syndicate.

Syndicate racing is an affordable way of getting involved. Silky was bought at the South Island sales for an extremely modest $9,000 by Chris Waller.

The syndicate, of 13 members, was the brain child of Albert Bosma as a way of keeping a bunch of old rugby mates together. The group were famous for their large and good natured presence on course and for wearing red boxers for luck. They’d often drop their pants if he won, once famously in front of the then prime minister Helen Clarke at the Japan International Trophy in Tauranga.

“Each time he had a win and we paid out the dividends the guys, all with young families at the time, could afford the next step of DIY at home.”

But, what started out as a bit of fun soon became very succesful as Silky went on to win over $500,000 and directly led Bosma to establishing authorised syndicators Go Racing so others could enjoy the ride as much as they had.

Go Racing’s most recent success, Ruud Awakening winning the Karaka Millions, is another example of syndication keeping a champion horse within reach of owners. Ruud Awakening’s next start is the Group One Diamond Stakes at Ellerslie on 9 March.