Last year I provided a testimonial for Ontoawinner and suggested:- ”if you are in a syndicate that has poor customer services, don’t look after you and for whatever reason are not producing winners you are only a phone call away from changing this.
Let me start by saying a big thank you to Simon, Niall and the team for getting me involved with the syndicate and also Karl Burke and Tim Easterby for being such excellent trainers. They all work so hard on our behalf to place horses in races that have the best chance of picking up prize money. So much so that my net outlay for training was not only covered but I actually made a small profit….. I didn’t expect this at all.
Little Lady Katie won a Newmarket Class 2 in October which was a very valuable race along with a Ripon Maiden @ 50/1.
Toocoolforschool won a Ripon maiden, Mill Reef Group 2 and was chinned on the line in a Group 3 at York by Dutch Connection which today won the Ascot – Jersey Group 3.
Other horses to get on the score sheet or finished in 2014 were, Fast Shot, Millar Rose, Ticking Katie and Sakhees Return.
This year I was fortunate to be offered shares in a Turtle Bowl filly who I named… you guessed it… Katie’s Diamond who won by 4 lengths eased down on debut. Last week she was purchased by Qatar Racing Ltd and Mrs Barbra Keller to whom I congratulate. This is definitely a horse to follow.
Ontoawinner bought another filly whose dam produced Consort who ran very well in the Ascot – St James Palace Group 1 having already won a listed race. The general consensus around our filly Oceanella is that she is above average but has yet to run and prove this on the racecourse.
I truly have to pinch myself when I reflect on my last testimonial and how far this syndicate has progressed in the short time I have been privileged to be involved with these hard working people. My philosophy is “you get out of something what you put in and while form is temporary, class is most definitely permanent.” If you are looking for a syndicate that cares about an individual no matter what shares they have in a horse or horses and love racing?
Welcome to Ontoawinner you have found your home.
Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success – Henry Ford
The first, not surprisingly, is the horses. We have had horses in Group races and sellers, and everything in between. They have raced at all the great courses: Epsom, Ascot, Goodwood, Southwell (ahem!). They have won by wide margins in record time, and they have wandered aimlessly round the course admiring the scenery. Thats racing. It doesnt come with guarantees.
We never go to the races thinking our horses will win. We go in hope of a good run, and maybe an opportunity to scream and shout if were in with a chance a furlong out. And if our horse does get his or her neck in front, the high is better than anything Keith Richards has experienced and at a fraction of the cost!
Ontoawinner (and their trainers) have a knack of finding and developing horses that give you that buzz. If you see those yellow and white silks on the racecard, expect the horse to be at the business end of proceedings more often than not.
The second factor is communication. We cant pick up the phone to a trainer every day and ask them for an update (we could try, but hed probably change his phone number pretty sharpish). So we rely on the syndicate managers to tell us about the horses well-being, racing plans etc.
Theres no syndicate better at communicating with owners than OTAW. Updates on every horse by email twice a week, with race reports and feedback direct from the trainers, plus text messages on entries and declarations. Unless youve experienced the dearth of information from some other syndicates, you cant appreciate how good the OTAW communication is. Its impressive.
The third factor is people. If you go to the races frequently, youll spend a fair amount of time with your fellow owners, so it helps if theyre the sort of people youd be happy to share a beer (or glass of Champagne) with.
Ontoawinner owners are a like-minded bunch. We dont care if youve a 2.5% or 25% share. Whether its at the races or on a stable visit, you are part of the same crowd and you have the same experience. We all enjoy our racing and are addicted to the buzz that ownership gives you. The real rewards arent financial.
If you are still undecided (surely not?), keep a look-out for Ontoawinner owners at the races. If the yellow and white ties dont give them away, the big smiles will. Just ask any of them for an honest opinion. Youll get it, and we guarantee theyll all say the same thing.
I looked on the Ontoawinner website and was immediately impressed by the professionalism and enthusiasm of the team running the operation.
My first share involved a 2.5% Lease in FAZZA and I tried to follow him whenever he ran and enjoyed every aspect of the Ontoawinner experience, so much so that I increased my leases to two more horses (PICENO and BLUE MAISEY) who both along with FAZZA gave me my first wins. What a feeling watching your horse flashing past the post and sharing the joy with other like minded people. These moments cannot be bought.
This year I have decided to move into real ownership by taking small percentage shares in FRATELLI—YOURARTISONFIRE—YEEOOW and QUIET REFLECTION and have already had two wins.
Ontoawinner have always helped when I have needed any guidance in purchasing and they really know their stuff when buying yearlings and breeze up horses.
Niall, Simon, Chris and Steve including the rest of the team always treat you like real owners whether you own a small or larger share. They are always ready to discuss any queries you have about your horse(s) and offer helpful advice about purchases you may be comtemplating.
I would like to sum up by saying that Ontoawinner are not so much a racing syndicate operation but more of a racing family giving you an experience that is like no other.
If you are thinking about taking a share I would say do it and from my experiences Ontoawinner are the right people to deal with and now play an important part in my life.
Whatever your %, everyone is made to feel part of the team, and we’re all cheering on for each others horses.
They have sourced some fantastic trainers, who understand their product.
The OTAW lads are always at the end of the phone, but the main point I would like to get across is that they are genuine racing people, who want the same as us, whether its working vigorously for the next good thing, fighting hard for the best outcome if we have to sell one, coming to the same conclusions when things dont go to plan, or celebrating into the small hours when things do!!
I know and appreciate all your hard work,
Keep finding us them good’uns lads!
I always dreamed of buying a race horse but felt it would be out of my reach but when I saw the OnToAWinner site; it became a reality that I could be a horse owner at a reasonable price !
I then experienced a day at the race course with my horse in the pre parade and parade ring and I must say it felt great to talk to the trainer and jockey and get a reel feel for racing.
I was then fortunate enough to get a winner and get a drink of champagne afterwards, what a feeling! Having the occasional bet, I have managed to gain surplus funds which I have re invested in more horses. I have 4 shares now and have have a Group 2 winner with Toocoolforschool along the way.
Its great to meet co owners that I now consider friends, and all this in just over 12 months with OnToAWinner. My family and I have had some lovely days out and look forward to more.
Spanish John (Pictured second from left with the rest of the gang celebrating the Mill Reef win with Toocoolforschool)