Thursday, 29 November 2018

Grand Racing Tour 2019

Just imagine yourself at Royal Ascot in 2019, in awe of witnessing the European superstar Enable in action, maybe even cheering on a few Australian horses such as Santa Ana Lane, Trapeze Artist, The Autumn Sun or Redzel and last year's Melbourne Cup winner Rekindling who has the Ascot Gold Cup in his sights.
You could be toasting a winner or two at one of the many Royal Ascot bars named in honour of past Australian big race winners such as Choisir and Takeover Target whilst enjoying the Royal pageantry coupled with high class racing.
And if that is not enough, Grand Racing Tours' 2019 exciting trip to the UK also encompasses the Irish Derby at The Curragh and the July Cup at Newmarket with many a stable and stud excursion along the way.
Such as time at The Queen's Royal Stud at Sandringham and Michael Owen's Manor House Stables plus visits to the English and Irish National Studs and the Tattersalls July Sale as well as the famously beautiful Newmarket gallops and the internationally acclaimed Palace House National Horse Racing Museum.
Departing Australia on June 15, the four week tour also provides the opportunity to wander through the stones at Stonehenge, to marvel at the sights of London and Dublin, to photograph the Rock Of Cashel, to feat on a medieval banquet at Bunratty Castle and to shop at the Kerry Woollen Mills.
Past tours run by Geoff Richardson have been so thoroughly enjoyed by participants who have not only loved every day of their trip but who have made life long racing friends whilst cherishing the memories of meeting such racing legends as Lester Piggott and Sir Henry Cecil along the way.
The 2019 tour will be hosted by Geoff with racing writer Kristen Manning who will be aided by some wonderful local guides including respected author and journalist Lissa Oliver and the Newmarket based trainer John Berry.
"It has been a real pleasure to meet Geoff's tour groups and get swept along by their fun and enthusiasm," Lissa said, adding that she was "green with envy at the places they'd visited and the people they'd met. Everyone had become close friends along the way and they made me feel so welcome; I look forward to meeting the 2019 group."
"I am delighted to hear that Geoff will be bringing a tour party to Newmarket," John said, "especially during the best week of the year here; not only is the racing top class, it is a week during which Newmarket comes alive with the sales and all the social events going on."
A series of lovely hotels have been hand selected by Geoff and his Grand Racing Tours team and an early bird price of $13,500 includes return airfares (ex Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane), accommodation, breakfast, coach transport, all entries and race day tickets is outstanding value.
Places are limited; for further information or to register your interest visit and or contact Geoff on 

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Story from The Age - 13 October 2008

Stephen Howell
October 13, 2008
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THE Racing Australia syndicate that owns 10% of Douro Valley, winner of the Yalumba Stakes at Caulfield on Saturday, has 18 members. That means each gets 0.55% of the $240,000 first prize, or a little more than $1300.
Actually, you have to take 15% from that — the standard 10% to the trainer and 5% to the jockey — so each pockets just over $1100.
To win a group 1 race, however, is priceless, and syndicate manager Kristen Manning and many of the Racing Australia members celebrated like celebrating was going out of fashion. Manning even raised the large trophy over her head in a group photo. "This is something you spend your whole life dreaming about," she said. "This is Australia No. 1 syndicate, our first. We bought a share in a General Nediym filly who was no good and then we got offered a share in this lovely horse."
"Lovely" is an apt description, with Douro Valley's eight wins, seven seconds and seven thirds from 48 starts helping bring the syndicate a small share of more than $1.1 million prizemoney, and lots of fun, especially this time last year when Douro Valley beat Maldivian in the Naturalism Stakes to get into the Caulfield Cup, in which he ran second to stablemate Master O'Reilly.
Racing Australia is on a roll, because just seven days before the Yalumba its No. 4 syndicate, with 12 members, won a race with Hard To Miss. That win provided the biggest cheer in the press room at Flemington on the day there were six group 1 races in Australasia.
It was only a maiden at Murtoa — it was shown on television — but it didn't stop wild celebrations from Manning, husband Vin Lowe, who works for the Moonee Valley Racing Club, and a handful of racing photographers in the syndicate.
The 12 each picked up 8.5% of 10% of $5850, less 15%. In comparing that win with Douro Valley's, Manning said the feeling on crossing the line was similar but afterwards the Douro joy was much bigger.
Owning not much more than a few hairs in the horse's tail did not lessen the thrill. "Actually, it's better because we're sharing with such good people," she said.
Manning now manages six syndicates, which have had four different winners. "I think he's the best by a long way," she said of Douro Valley.
Jockey James Winks, clearly, ranks Douro Valley as his favourite horse. The Yalumba was his first group 1 in Melbourne and his second overall, having won the Winter Stakes in Queensland mid-year on Absolut Glam, who, as with Douro Valley, is trained by Danny O'Brien at Flemington.