Race horse ownership is like opening a can of pringles – once you get the taste, you just can’t stop!!! Before you know it, having a share in one horse turns into having shares in multiple horses. All it takes is for that one person to introduce you to racing and your life, as you knew it, will never be the same. Life becomes a ride of highs (when your horse wins a Group race) and of course it also has the lows (horses that don’t quite cut it as racehorses) – asking any racehorse owner what they think of racing and you are likely to get a one word response – THRILLING!
Four years ago, all it took was a friend to offer a share in a racehorse and that got this owner hooked on the thrill that comes with racing. Not in it to making large amounts of money but… is absolutely in this game for whatever may come and Man, what a ride it has been for this Winning Wednesday Owner – Daryl Aslett.
Congratulations Daryl on your journey, share a little of it with us!!!!
Q1. How many horses do you own? Name them please
I have a share in 3 horses at present, a 5yr old mare Belle Voleur (Time Thief x River Lena) who is stabled in Gosford and a winner at 2 of her 11 starts. Also an unraced 3yr old Gunbolt (Bullet Train x Faille) and a 5yr old gelding, Man Of His Word (Lope De Vega x Mandalina- only cost $10,000 as a yearling and has won over $300,000) both stabled with Bruce Hill on the Gold Coast. Man Of His Word or Manny as he is affectionately known, has had 26 starts with 6 wins, 4 seconds and 3 thirds.
Q2. How did you get into the sport and Ownership?
I’ve had an interest in racing all my life but only got involved 4 years ago when a friend offered me a share in one that he had bred. The horse managed to win one from nine and then retired injured. That win got me really interested so I bought shares in a couple of colts here in Perth with a young trainer that was recommended to me. They didn’t pan out too well but I had a taste and loved it. I decided that I would look at the game more seriously and scouted the media for well operated syndicates to buy into and decided on Grand Syndicates.
My first investment with Grand was Belle Voleur as I fell in love with the photo of her at the yearling sales and because it was so cheap to get involved I decided to double up with a colt as well. I figured on having each horse in different States because of different prize money on offer. I was happy to have them in NSW and Qld. I later thought of having one in Victoria as well but because Bruce had done such a good job with Man Of His Word, I settled on having one more with him.
Q3. What has been the highlight of your Ownership journey?
Four of the six horses that I’ve had a share in have all won so I’ve been extremely lucky in that regard. My first win with Mighty Light at Geelong in 2013 was a real thrill but such a shame he couldn’t go on with it. My first wins with Grand Syndicates were even better in that both Belle and Manny won at their 3rd start and that got me into looking at one more (Gunbolt) as my luck was holding out. Manny winning the Listed Brisbane Handicap (Stakes Race) at Doomben has been a highlight. He alsoÂ ran a very close 2nd in the Listed Bernborough and further ranÂ a very close 2nd in the ATC Winter Stakes at Randwick this year.
My lovely partner (Erika) and I have travelled twice to Sydney now to watch Manny run and loved the experience of meeting up with our trainer and other members of the syndicate. My partner and I are both Perth Racing members so we get along to either Ascot or Belmont to watch and celebrate our horses running whenever possible. Still waiting for the day to let our hair down when we snare a Group 1.
Q4. How do you like to celebrate when one of your horses wins? Is there anything special you like to do or somewhere you like to go?
We really enjoy being involved with our horses but unfortunately can’t see them as much as we’d like. We’ve developed a bit of a fan club with them here in Perth and all our friends take an interest when they’re running so it’s been fun socially and we do tend to celebrate a win in style though usually regret it the next day.
Q9. What would you prefer: Colt that can potentially be a stud or a Filly that can go on and be a mum? Why?
I’d like to think that Belle has a few more wins in her and then has a good life being a mum which was always the hope when we bought into her. Unfortunately with colts you never know how they’re going to turn out so it wasn’t really an issue deciding on the sex of them, just happy to watch them go around.
Q10. What do you enjoy the most about being part of a syndicate?
We never planned on this as a money making exercise, just happy to be involved and take whatever comes. The Syndicate has been fantastic in the way they keep us involved and up to date with what’s happening. Corresponding with other owners via social media has been a bonus and we really do feel like Racehorse Owners even if we only have a small stake in it. We are having a ball without the hefty price tag it can cost to buy into a race horse.
We thank Daryl for his time and wish him all the best with his Trio of horses!
Interview by Kylie Johnson